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DirectEmployers Association and NASWA Announce Partnership with U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to Assist Nation’s Veterans in Finding Employment

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Through this partnership, the National Labor Exchange will now provide the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program innovative way to utilize job listings through the National Labor Exchange.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – April 2, 2014 – To assist veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses in obtaining meaningful civilian employment, DirectEmployers Association and its longtime partner, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), announce an alliance with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s (USCCF) Hiring Our Heroes program. The objective of this alliance will be to utilize and leverage the strengths and expertise of each organization, while working toward the common goal of getting our nation’s heroes back to work.

DEAM14 | Formal Partnership Announcement

At DirectEmployers 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NASWA and DirectEmployers formally announce partnership and commitment to helping veterans and transitioning service members get back to work.

“Our nation’s military is comprised of some of the most talented individuals, and as a veteran myself, I understand the challenges these men and women face as they enter the civilian workforce. Through this collaboration, we aim to help these talented individuals during this transitional period by connecting them with employers who are military-friendly and ready to hire,” commented Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association.

The partnership will seek to use the National Labor Exchange (NLx)–an existing partnership between DirectEmployers and NASWA. With over one million jobs available daily from 340,000 nationwide employers, the NLx job source will allow Hiring Our Heroes the ability to better leverage the open data of more than one million job listings currently available in the NLx. Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses will benefit from Hiring Our Heroes’ ability to more effectively design news search and job application functions in its online job search tool, Fast Track.

“We are excited about this partnership as it brings together and expands significant resources of three major organizations, working in collaboration, to assist our nation’s veterans return to work,” stated Mark Henry, President, NASWA.

Not only will this agreement allow veterans easy access to a variety of jobs, it makes it less challenging for employers to get their jobs in front of veterans, in addition to the Hiring Our Heroes website. Employers who currently use the Hiring Our Heroes website can now list jobs by directly posting into their state job bank, which links into the NLx, or have their jobs electronically acquired from their corporate career website by the NLx–all at no cost.

“Through this innovative partnership, we will be able to better guide our military men and women toward the more than one million available jobs in the National Labor Exchange,” said Eric Eversole, Executive Director of Hiring Our Heroes and Vice President at the U.S. Chamber. “This is public and private sector collaboration at its best and will help veterans and service members make more informed decisions about career opportunities, and to do so earlier in the transition process.”

Furthermore, each of these three organizations will work to leverage their resources and knowledge base with employers and state workforce agencies to help veterans obtain employment opportunities that allow them to utilize their unique qualifications and skillset. The formal announcement of this alliance was made at the DirectEmployers Annual Meeting and Conference on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, located in Arlington, Virginia.

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The mission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment. USCCF presents a broad range of programs that promote a greater understanding of economic and public affairs issues.

Hiring Our Heroes
Hiring Our Heroes, a program of USCCF, was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the Chamber’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, HOH’s goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities.

HOH operates Fast Track, an online job search tool that identifies pathways to careers in the fastest growing job markets in America and the top industries driving that growth.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and inclusion that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery.

About the National Association of State Workforce Agencies
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is an organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance laws, employment services, training programs, employment statistics and labor market information and other programs and services provided through the publicly-funded state workforce system.

Media Contact: Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, DirectEmployers Association, (317) 874-9022, nancy@directemployers.org

“Marching Orders” For Transitioning Service Men and Women

Friday, March 21st, 2014

As a Director of Global Talent Acquisition and former Naval Officer, Philip Dana has excellent tips for transitioning service men and women. Take a moment and learn how preparation, social media interaction and networking can advance your job search.

Ready to start searching for a new job? Visit My.jobs to search over 1 million opportunities.

People You Need to Meet at DEAM14

Friday, March 21st, 2014

While the DirectEmployers 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAM14) is first and foremost an educational event, it is also a time to network with industry peers and make new acquaintances in the professional arena. We have record-breaking attendance this year with a number of highly influential attendees. This post will focus on just a few of the many people you need to meet at the event so keep an eye out for these individuals at the conference, and in the meantime connect with them on social media!

John C. Fox (LinkedIn)
Having spent more than 300 days in trial as an employment law attorney and three years as an Executive Assistant to the Director at the OFCCP (1981-1984), Fox is an invaluable resource for federal contractors. You can see him as our keynote speaker on day one of the conference. Check out his blog, the OFCCP Fox Report.

James Emmett (Twitter)
James is a national leader in the development of employment services for persons with disabilities and also assists corporations in the creation of outreach strategies for individuals within the disability community. He also acts as a consultant for APSE HR Connect and is a partner at Two Steps Forward, Inc. Join in on his concurrent session on day two entitled, Disability & Inclusion: Lessons from the Past Guiding Our Bright Future.

Pam Gerassimides (LinkedIn)
As a long time partner of DirectEmployers Association, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is proud to have Pam as their Assistant Executive Director and National Labor Exchange Director. Pam has been instrumental in securing signed data sharing agreements between the National Labor Exchange and all 50 states, D.C, Guam and Puerto Rico.

Jennifer Giering (LinkedIn)
Jennifer joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Business and State Engagement for Hiring Our Heroes in March 2013. In this role, Giering is responsible for coordinating with small businesses, local chambers of commerce, and regional business alliances to promote Hiring Our Heroes initiatives. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more during Jennifer’s session, How Hiring Our Heroes Assists with OFCCP Required Outreach Efforts and Recordkeeping Obligations.

Kathleen Lee (LinkedIn)
Kathleen Lee joined the Employment and Disability Institute in 2010 as the Business Outreach Specialist at Cornell University’s National Employer Technical Assistance, Policy, and Research Center on Employment of People with Disabilities. She provides technical assistance training and consultation for the business community on issues related to the employment of individuals and veterans with disabilities. This includes sourcing the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) to meet the recruitment needs of private business. You can catch Kathleen on day one along with Member Annette Rosta of KPMG during their session, Finding a Win-Win: Mastering Diverse Recruitment and Compliance Through WRP.

Heather Hoffman (Twitter)
As VP of Digital Strategy for DirectEmployers, Heather plays a major role in the advancement of the .JOBS top-level domain (TLD) within the Association initiatives. She currently focuses her time listening to the thoughts, needs and wishes of our Member companies and implements their suggestions into our product and service offerings. Have suggestions? Share your thoughts with her at DEAM14.

Candee Chambers (LinkedIn)
The latest addition to our Executive Team, Candee brings decades of experience in HR. Previously with Cardinal Health, she handled all of the Affirmative Action activities, including the development of over 100 Affirmative Action plans as well as all OFCCP desk and/or onsite audits. Today she helps the Association make strategic partnerships and assists Members with compliance questions.

Rhonda Stickley (Twitter)
A veteran with experience in the recruiting industry for more than 25 years, Rhonda also currently acts as the DirectEmployers Board of Directors President. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the Association, feel free to connect with her during the conference for more information.

John Robinson (Twitter)
Another of our keynote speakers, John was born a congenital amputee and has faced many challenges in life. With his tenacious spirit, talent and faith he has become an inspiration to many while also giving a fresh perspective on living with a disability. Network with John after his presentation as we close out the conference with a meet & greet session.

In addition to seeking out these individuals on social media, we’ve got some great evening networking opportunities to give attendees a chance to mingle and connect after a day of learning. The Demo Hall will also be open during breaks to allow for additional conversation. We hope to see everyone next week!

Get a jumpstart on your networking now! Join our DEAM LinkedIn Group, and be sure to follow and use the official event hashtag #DEAM14 on Twitter, or when posting on Facebook and Instagram.

DirectEmployers Association to Host Veterans Career Fair and Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Area

Friday, March 21st, 2014

In light of the changing regulatory environment for federal contractors, DirectEmployers will be hosting it’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference in the Washington, D.C. metro area, with the goal of providing it’s over 350 attendees with educational information and networking opportunities.

INDIANAPOLIS, March 21, 2014 –– From March 25-27, DirectEmployers Association and representatives from its over 650 member companies will travel to Washington, D.C. to conduct its second Veterans Connect Career Fair, followed by its annual meeting and conference. Held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, attendees will begin the event by networking and recruiting veterans and transitioning service members. The following two days will allow the talent acquisition and compliance practitioners to continue their education by gaining a deeper understanding of the new regulations enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), as well as tactical tips and advice on new technology and best practices that aid in recruitment efforts.

The event will kick off with a Veterans Connect Career Fair on March 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. With the goal of helping veterans and transitioning service members find meaningful civilian employment, this event is free to attend and will allow employers and veteran job seekers to connect and discuss their unique qualifications and skillsets. The following military-friendly employers will be participating in this event:

On March 26-27, 2014, following the Veterans Connect Career Fair, the Association will host member companies for its 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference (DEAM14), filled with engaging speakers, educational sessions and inspiring networking events. The conference will also feature keynote speakers such as employment law attorney John C. Fox of Fox, Wang and Morgan; and disability advocate John Robinson. Topics covered at this event will range from OFCCP compliance related to VEVRAA and Section 503, recruitment, sourcing and emerging technology relevant to today’s talent acquisition and compliance professionals. The DEAM14 agenda will feature presentations from several organizations including: Sodexo, Berhshire Associates, UnitedHealth Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific, EMC Corporation, Intel Corporation, Virginia Employment Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Pacific Northwest Laboratories, KPMG, Phillips 66, Pinnacle Affirmative Action Services, OfficeMax, Vanderbilt University, Charles Schwab, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, National Organization on Disability, and Vantiv.

“As much of our membership is comprised of federal contractors, we aim to have our annual meeting focus heavily on the changing regulatory environment, as well as best practices and advice on how to best tackle any challenges that our members face when refiguring their hiring efforts to comply with the OFCCP’s revisions to VEVRAA and Section 503 regulations,” stated Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association.

Media, press and walkups are welcome to register as well as gather more information on the Veterans Connect Career Fair, visit http://vetconnect.directemployers.org. To learn more about DirectEmployers 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference, please visit http://deam14.directemployers.org.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and inclusion that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery. For more information, visit http://www.directemployers.org.

Media Contact: Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, DirectEmployers Association, (317) 874-9022, nancy@directemployers.org

A New Way to Recruit College and Graduate Students with Disabilities

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The following press release was authored by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) and was originally posted on March 20, 2014.

Private-sector employers can now use WRP.jobs, a no-cost online job board, to find pre-screened college students and recent graduates with disabilities looking for internships and permanent positions.

Employers can post single jobs or elect to connect all appropriate college-level job vacancies to WRP.jobs. Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) candidates looking for entry-level, career-track positions or professional internship opportunities can view and apply for positions. Candidates represent all majors and include graduate and law students, as well as veterans. WRP.jobs directs applicants to employers’ career pages and applicant tracking systems.

The WRP is a government-wide program co-sponsored by the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor to increase employment of people with disabilities in the federal workforce by providing a pipeline of qualified and highly motivated candidates. Each year, trained WRP recruiters from federal agencies interview college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are looking for internships and permanent positions. Qualified candidates are added to the WRP database, which has been shared with WRP.jobs.

The WRP.jobs portal for non-federal employers is a pilot project developed through an innovative partnership between EARN and DirectEmployers Association.

To access WRP.jobs, employers can visit www.AskEARN.org and click “Request WRP Candidates” to register.

For more information or to post jobs, visit http://askearn.org/#refdesk/Recruitment/WRP.

OFCCP Welcomes DirectEmployers Association & Helps Dispel Misinformation Surrounding Revisions to VEVRAA and Section 503

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

DirectEmployers Association had the unique opportunity to work with key personnel in the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to conduct a listening session exclusively for Members. Moderated by employment law expert John C. Fox, senior partner at Fox, Wang & Morgan, P.C., this session featured the OFCCP’s Patricia Shiu, Director; Debra Carr, Director, Division of Policy, Planning and Program Development; and Naomi Levin, Branch Chief for Policy Development and Procedures, Division of Policy, Planning and Program Development.

John C. Fox, Tom Eckhart, me and Candee Chambers meeting up at the OFCCP prior to the listening session.

Since the majority of the almost 700 Member companiesof DirectEmployers Association are federal contractors, it only makes sense to work closely with the OFCCP. The goal for this session was to help dispel any misinformation that surrounds the OFCCP’s revisions to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – which is significant for federal contractors so they can adjust their individual compliance strategies before the implementation date of March 24, 2014.

DirectEmployers Association, as well as several of our Member company representatives, received an incredible welcome at the OFCCP in Washington D.C. I had the privilege of attending in person, and was truly honored when we walked in the door to see a professionally printed welcome sign in the Department of Labor’s lobby, outside the door of the meeting room AND in the meeting room. (Thank you to Bernard for these signs and the warm welcome!)

About 10 of our Member companies were represented in person including Hilton, KPMG, Sodexo, Marriott, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Citizens Financial Group. In addition, over 300 of our Members eagerly participated by dialing-in to the session and listening via phone.

Candee Chambers, VP of Compliance and Partnerships for DirectEmployers Association kicked off the listening session by thanking Patricia Shiu, Debra Carr and Naomi Levin for hosting the listening session. Candee stated, “I think everyone realizes what these regulations mean for all of us and I think everyone’s nervous about getting it right and I think this is a great opportunity to help us do that.”

John C. Fox acted as moderator by asking questions that were submitted by Member companies prior to the listening session. John encouraged the participants to ask their questions as well.

“Thank you Candee both to those on the line and those here in the room today, we have several hundred attendees joining us. I’m delighted to be here for this very special meeting with OFCCP and DirectEmployers at the OFCCP,” stated John. “I just want to say this is extraordinary, this group and this administration getting together with the contractor community and to listen and adapt to the regulatory environment and the way you do business.”

John began by sharing two observations regarding what’s different about OFCCP today than when he roamed the halls two decades ago. “I remember being in this room many, many times, and there are two things that really commend the wisdom that Pat has demonstrated about having a listening session. The first thing that dawned on me is that industry is much more diverse and much more complicated than it ever was. This is really a challenge for a regulator. Today there are over a hundred industries, so Pat has to deal with that in a way that her predecessors never had to deal with, and it’s much more complex,” stated John. “The last five years it’s gotten so much more competitive in the marketplace that you all are doing business in ways you’ve never done before. And that’s the second thing that I think is different for Pat and Debra and Naomi as they confront regulations and how they address the regulated community, and that is HR is so thin right now. I’ve never seen HR as thin as it is today. Particularly, the last four or five years, you’re being asked to do more with less and often to do much with nothing. And Naomi and Debra, and Pat are aware of that and very sensitive to that issue and that’s why they want to listen to some of your concerns about how you will integrate the new regulations,” continued Fox.

Candee with Member Rosa Coppedge of Sodexo.

Pat Shiu stated, “Before I turn it over to Debra and Naomi, I wanted to thank my staff, especially Debra and Naomi who worked for four long, hard grueling years to bring this over the finish line along with everybody here at the Department of Labor.I also wanted to say that we very much, at OFCCP, appreciated all of your comments. And I hope that you know we took them to heart and we analyzed them over and over and had lots of discussions about them, and tried to balance a lot of competing demands. But when it came right down to it, what we decided was really important, the aspirational goals, the benchmarks, the accountability and the metrics. And two very wise women suggested to me that what business needed was flexibility.” Pat continued, “Give us the flexibility to do what’s best for our industry, our company to get there. Don’t tell us how to get there. That seemed to me to make a lot of sense and it really guided what we did in the final rule. But as with all other decisions here at the Department of Labor, they are evidence-based decisions, based on metrics, so this will be an exercise where you all will be collecting data and we will be collecting data for the first time to really see how we can achieve our mutual goal,” Shiu concluded.

John went on to ask the questions by topic, beginning with the general questions regarding preparations for the implementation date of March 24 – the date that the regulations become legally final. After that, he moved to the question of listing of jobs with the employment delivery service system (ESDS), while addressing some self-identification questions. Understanding it could be a runaway train, he had to limit the time spent on them. Here’s a recap of the key questions addressed by the OFCCP:

John: As Director of Policy Division can you give the audience a sense of how many employees you have working on the regs?

Debra: Not enough. So all this work, the FAQs, the writing of the regs, all the listening sessions, all the creation on our website now about resources available for outreach recruitment, change in corporate culture, best practices around disability issues in the workplace, how to recruit, attract and retain, veterans, all that work is really done by a very small staff. So in my division, as we print out the regs, we’re talking about 20 people. And those 20 people don’t all work on the regs. The actual work on the regs is done by me, Naomi, [and] one other staff member will help along the way with some others. We just kind of shuffle the chairs on a sinking ship. So, day-to-day basis, doing all this work, we’re talking three to four people.

John: When do you think you might have new FAQs – is there some sort of schedule or just whenever?

Debra: We were aiming to do FAQs on a rolling basis every couple of weeks. That has slowed because we’re doing more conversations, we have lists that we’re queuing up and we hope to get cleared next week, and even that process of rolling out an FAQ is not as easy as it may seem. We have conversations, we have meetings, phone calls we make choices about what needs to be on the short list, Naomi and I will start writing, we’ll flip back and forth, we listen to solicitors, they get to bless and clear, we keep Pat informed, we touch base with our colleagues in the operations side of the house.

John: It sounds like between now and March 24 we should look for a rollout of FAQs, we should look for more content-based webinars.

Debra: Yes and let me add two more things that we’re doing to help position you that you should be aware of. We have heard some contractors say they don’t know where the resources are for outreach and recruitment, they don’t know how to develop relationships with the organizations that would help them in that area, and so on our website we put up probably a month ago, some resources on those topics. We’re also working with VETS in DOL for more resources for veteran recruitment

John: I hope everyone is aware that VETS–the Veterans Employment Training Service–is another assistant secretary down the hall from OFCCP with whom OFCCP works closely on veteran’s issues.

Debra: And we’ve been working with the office of disability employment policy to shore up the information that we provide to you on disability rights in the workplace issues, and we’ve been working with our communications and outreach folks to enhance that employment resources referral directory that’s been on our website forever and ever and ever because we’ve heard some of you say that it’s not useful. You go and take a lead and it’s a dead lead. So we’ve worked on clearing that out. It is not perfect, but it’s better and it should get better as we move forward and it will be better the more I hear from you about how it’s working.

The last thing that I will say is our overall approach to working with you has shifted. This period of when we implement and train and support you in regulatory implementation is all about helping you succeed. In order to do that we came to you in a very constructive way and I think that’s what you should be experiencing. So to the extent that you have anxiety about what’s going to happen on March 24, what will happen after I do my first AAP, will I get this exactly right…I said before and I’ll say today, this is a transition for us all. So your first encounter with us on the first day is not going to be like you have to have all the I’s dotted and all the t’s crossed or else. No, all we want to do is go in and engage you, figure out what you have done, what you have not been able to do, give you assistance, to work with you, to get you where you need to be. We know there are going to be data limitations, so what we’re trying to do is work with you. You’ve got to demonstrate that you’ve done something, you can’t sit on your hands and say I just didn’t know what to do. This is a different approach to policy and to enforcement under these new regs.

Candee and Patricia Shiu, Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), outside of the listening session meeting room.

Naomi: I will just say if you miss any of our webinar trainings we are posting them after they are done so you can always go back and find them and listen to them and even watch them if you need them because they are resources and the questions that we get during webinars, we go through them, I go through them and look for good candidates for FAQs that we’ve seen over and over and we’ll go to Debra and say this issue keeps coming up a lot, maybe we need to sit down and develop an FAQ around it. Not only use those to train you, but to get information to help us help you again, kinda full circle.

John: Very helpful. If we could turn the discussion to job listings, now who in the employment service delivery system will see the job listings? 

To access the remaining questions and answers, you need to be a DirectEmployers Member company. Members can access the full post in Pipeline. If you’re not a Member and want to learn more, please visit http://www.directemployers.org/become-a-member/ or call 866-268-6206. 

Meet Your Member Services Team at DirectEmployers

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The role of the Member Services team at the Association is to make sure Members are happy. They implement new member setup, training and work with companies to make sure they’re maximizing all of the DirectEmployers Association’s membership benefits. Whether it’s locating OFCCP compliance resources, reporting or resetting a password, there is a dedicated Member specialist ready to help.

Member Services Team Members:
Brian Arnot, Member Services Manager
Donna Campbell, Accounts Receivable Manager
Tammy Huff, Member Services Specialist
Julie Kelley, Member Services Specialist
Simone Murray, VP – Member Services
Amy Williams, Member Services Specialist
We’re also thrilled to welcome our newest team member Ta’Keisha Ryan, Manager – Member Engagement.

Meet more of the DirectEmployers team at our 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAM14), March 26-27, 2014. Get the details and register at http://DEAM14.DirectEmployers.org.

Maximizing Your Veterans Connect Career Fair Experience

Friday, March 14th, 2014

After success in San Diego, California in October of 2013, we will once again be hosting a Veterans Connect Career Fair –– this time in the Washington, D.C. metro area! Now more than ever, companies are looking to employ veterans, transitioning service members and their families to improve the labor market and provide opportunities to those looking for civilian jobs. This free event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City (2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

As of this date, participating employers include:

This career fair will not only give veteran job seekers the opportunity to chat with employers, but also participate in on-site interviews, interact with other veterans at Vet-to-Vet tables, obtain resume and interview advice from an experienced recruiter, and much more. If you’re going to be in the D.C. metro area, take a moment and register today!

For those planning to attend, there are a few things you can do to maximize your experience:

  • Research the employers that will be participating to help you determine which ones are the best fit for your skills and interests.
  • Bring an updated copy of your résumé. We will be photocopying résumés to provide to the employers after the career fair, so no need to worry about bringing enough copies!
  • Dress professionally or as you would for an interview.
  • Make your military experience relevant to the occupation you’re seeking. In other words, relate your experience to employable skills and how they could make you an asset in a specific position.
  • Get a business card from every employer with whom you speak. This gives you the opportunity to follow-up after the career fair ends, which leads us to our last tip…
  • Follow-up with a thank you note and another copy of your résumé.

Can’t make it? Check out Veterans.jobs where you can search thousands of jobs based on your MOS/MOC, or register to participate in our upcoming online military career fair taking place April 17, 2014 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m EDT. This free event allows you to network with a wide variety of reputable employers nationwide — all online from the comfort of your home. Best of luck in your search!

DEAM14 Keynote: Meet John Robinson

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Every day people with disabilities face challenges and obstacles, many of which are daily norms that much of society takes for granted. John Robinson–born a congenital amputee–is one individual whose disability has been a challenge throughout life, but his remarkable tenacity, talent and faith has led him to succeed not only in business and building a family, but also in life. His inspirational story “Get Off Your Knees” will show attendees what determination looks like as he describes how he overcame his disability and created an extraordinary life for himself. Get to know a little bit more about John in this video:

John’s story will resonate with attendees, helping them to realize the daily trials individuals with disabilities face. Register to attend DirectEmployers 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference to hear his story and how creating an all-inclusive workplace can help individuals like John continue their successful journey in life.

You Are Not A Job Seeker!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Watch Joshua’s exclusive video “3 Secrets to Getting Job Interviews by Next Week” to learn the 3 secrets no one wants you to know about getting hired in today’s job market. Joshua is the founder of Career Enlightenment which offers professional LinkedIn profile writing and job search services to colleges, WorkForce offices and re-entering veterans. 


Job seekerThis article originally appeared in apploi-observer.com last December 10, 2013.

Ever hear the expression, “It’s easier to get a job when you already have one?” Well, it’s true!

When I was at Cisco back in 2008, I had recruiters contacting me almost every single week. As soon as I was laid off, they disappeared. Advertising to the world, “I’m looking for a job” is the fastest way to scare recruiters off. Somehow “unemployed” became synonymous with “unemployable”. This type of unemployment discrimination is prevalent in almost all sectors and although it makes me sick, it’s a reality. Luckily there are some things you can do to avoid getting labeled as ‘unemployable’.


Unemployment discrimination is prevalent in almost all sectors and although it makes me sick, it’s a reality. Luckily there are some things you can do to avoid getting labeled as ‘unemployable’.


Don’t Job “Seek”

Someone once asked me: “Should I say ‘seeking new opportunities’ so that employers know I am interested in a change?” No!

It would be committing career suicide to say, “I’m looking for work” (or any variation).  You want to show what you can do for them. The word “seeking” is asking what they can do for you. Demonstrate your value to a prospective employer and mention your openness to new opportunities in your summary (if at all).

Consultant is Just a Fancy Word for Unemployed

I was working with a friend the other day when he erupted into laughter and said, “John just updated his profile to Consultant. I guess he got fired.”

If you suddenly update your current position to consultant or freelancer, you’re just telling your network that you got canned. Likewise, if a recruiter sees that you are a consultant, they’ll assume you’re unemployed unless you give them more information.

There are a few solutions to this dilemma.

1. If you really are a consultant, backdate your starting date in your role to before you were laid off. Then add as many work samples and testimonials as possible.

2. If you did just lose your job, don’t feel that you are necessarily obligated to update this information right away.

How About You?

These details are only things that matter at first. After you’ve made contact with an employer, allow them to get to know you and I’m sure you’ll have no trouble convincing them that you are very much employable.

Have you encountered unemployment discrimination before? What do you do about it?

Thanks again to Joshua for continuing to let us share his great content. Get more job seeker advice from other Help Wanted posts and find your next job at My.jobs.