Jason Redman: A Veteran’s Perspective

By Kathleen Smith Jason Redman is a keynote speaker on the second day of the CyberMaryland 2014 conference. Jason is a U.S. Navy SEAL Lieutenant (retired), Founder of SOF Spoken Speaking company, author of “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy Seal Leader” and CEO and Founder of Wounded Wear. I feel really...

Tapping The Veteran IT Pool

By Bob Wheeler The hiring process can be painful for both organizations seeking talent, and individual job seekers. Gaps in common skills and language are typically cited as reasons for veteran hiring initiatives. It’s also agreed by most experts that, of the military skill set, Information Technology and cyber skills are some of the most...

8 Honest Tips For Transitioning Veterans

By Tim McHugh As a veteran many of us have been put in circumstances and positions that our civilian counterparts will never fathom much less truly understand.  Unfortunately, far too many veterans believe these experiences somehow entitle them to a career in the civilian world.  As veterans transition to the for profit world many don’t...

Spring Is Here: Grow Your Veteran Candidates

By Kathleen Smith We continue to see a large veteran work force transition and even with all the transition support programs out available, veteran unemployment still stand at 5.6%. Veteran hiring was the topic of conversation at a recent recruitDC Military Hiring Networking Session, where attendees looked at veteran recruiting through two lenses: from veteran...

Paying It Forward – It’s The Little Things

By Pete Radloff Ask a recruiter why they do what they do, and you’re likely to get a wide variety of answers. Among them may be: “I sort of just fell into recruitment” “I’m an extrovert, this was a good fit” “I didn’t want to do sales” “I like helping people” The fact is, most of...

Veterans: Sell Your Talent, Not Your Title

ed. note: This post was originally published here on December 8, 2013.  It was republished here with permission from the author. By Bob Wheeler There’s a lot of PR going on right now around the topic of veteran hiring.  Private organizations are picking up on the terrific talent pool coming out of the armed forces...

Reinventing Michael Banks: A Lesson in Empathy – recruitDC Guest Post

By Bob Wheeler Many veterans on the job hunt get frustrated because they feel like potential employers don’t understand or appreciate their experiences.  While this is often true, we have to remember that empathy goes both ways. Service members also need to find ways to understand the unique constraints that recruiters, hiring mangers, and supervisors...

Hire A Veteran To Be Your Next Recruiter

Ed Note: This was reposted from The Cynical Girl with permission from the author By Laurie Ruettimann There are three major problems plaguing modern-day recruiting. The myth of the passive candidate. Far too many people say, “If they want to work here, we don’t want them. Keep looking.” The paradox of choice.When faced with 600 resumes...

Recruiters, Be All You Can Be

By Kathleen Smith At the Spring 2012 recruitDC event, I had the privilege to share with the recruiting community tips on how to incorporate veteran hiring into a recruiter’s mindset. The poignant beginning of this presentation was the opening by Colonel David Sutherland, former Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff....