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Tips on connecting with HR departments?

Veteran

James Szecsi San Antonio, TX

In a nut shell, I am trying to develop a network of businesses in the San Antonio area that want to fill their positions with Veterans. We all know that a company needs to fill their positions with the best qualified applicant. I would like the opportunity to help get a Veteran that qualifies for the position in front of the decision makers, so that the employer can see what the Veteran brings to their company. At least giving the Veteran the opportunity to possibly be that “best qualified applicant”. Locating and developing the contacts/relationships within a business is the most crucial step in the process. In addition, educating a company of the free resources that are available through the American Job Centers/Work In Texas to help fill their positions, is another way I can assist the business.

15 August 2019 5 replies Networking

Answers

Advisor

Jerry Welsh Middleville, MI

Join local HR societies or groups. They are local and meet at least once a month. As long as you have credentials to be in HR, you can join. Very good networking via these types of groups.

19 August 2019 Helpful answer

Advisor

David Eastman Gresham, OR

Hello, James

Thank you for your service. My father was a US Army Staff Sergeant in WWII fighting the Germans in the 364th Bombardment Group of the US Army 8th Air Force in England. I was in the US Navy as an avionics technician aboard a P-3 Orion anti-submarine warplane.

Sounds like you want to be a freelance veterans job recruiter. Of course, you know that usually your State Employment Office has Veteran recruiters on staff and their job is to help veterans find work out of the military. That aside, I would do the following.

I would send out a general invitation to a seminar to staff agencies, consulting agencies, headhunting firms and the like, and invite them to a 1-2 hour seminar on why they should hire veterans and what veterans bring to the table in terms of experience, expertise, a high commitment to work, a goal orientation, and just the general quality of character that a veteran portrays. I believe that many new HR personnel, do not know much about the various work that veterans do in their respective services, how that can translate well into a civilian job and why veterans are really the best of the best people to hire. So, educate them.

I would also open up a website and host a webinar, as often as twice a month online that recruiters, staffing agencies and headhunters can go into and learn about veterans seeking employment and their value to any organization or company. I would also, on that same website, have a listing of job openings that veterans can source with links to a dozen or so excellent job sites.

I would also host a webinar for veterans on resume writing, cover letters, job search techniques, networking, using search agents and engines to their advantage in job sites and generally giving them guidance and mentoring in job search and interviewing techniques.

I hope these ideas are helpful to you.

Regards,

David F Eastman, MS, CEO, US Navy Veteran.

18 August 2019 Helpful answer

Advisor

William Munroe Dunstable, MA

James everyone your a looking for is on LinkedIn. You can do much of the searching and reach out on LinkedIn for free. Create a "group" on LinkedIn and invite all the business leaders in San Antonio to join. It is a great resource and 90% of the business leaders you want are already there.
https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/3544/searching-for-people-on-linkedin?lang=en

Advisor

Michael Rusnack Edmond, OK

Connect with Veterans like myself who are in HR and have an extensive network of fellow HR leaders. Check my LinkedIn profile.

Veteran

James Szecsi San Antonio, TX

Thank you David and Jerry, you both have given me some ideas to add to my toolbox. I guess I should have put a little more information about my position/self with my question. I started my position with the Texas Veterans Commission as a Veterans Employer Liaison just over a month ago. We have good programs and the support I am receiving is great. I am always looking for ideas to improve my ability at what ever I do so different perspectives are valuable.

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