Veterans form one of Canada's most adaptable, versatile, and hidden talent pools. They're also looking for work by the thousands. This is a vital opportunity that can help employers of all stripes meet their organizational needs in today's challenging and changing world of work.
The Canadian Guide to Hiring Veterans is designed to help organizations that have limited human resources and recruitment capacity build strong, resilient teams that include Veterans who are skilled and ready to fill labour or skills shortages. This easy-to-use resource offers:
- practical, reusable tools for finding, hiring, and retaining Veterans (including a hiring checklist, interview guide, onboarding framework, and more);
- myth-busting research about Veterans in the civilian workforce; and,
- additional resources compiled in one convenient place for connecting with Veterans, job services, and other human resources tools.
The second important purpose of this Guide is to help destigmatize Veterans both in and outside the workplace, and to clarify exactly why they make such a valuable yet hidden talent pool and recruitment source in Canada. Drawing on Challenge Factory's ground-breaking national research about employer hiring biases and the unique working style of Veterans, this Guide explores:
- perceptions about Veterans in the civilian workforce;
- why employers in need of talent and Veteran jobseekers are missing each other; and,
- lessons that can be learned from existing Veteran hiring programs.
Lisa Taylor is a sought-after expert, speaker, and columnist on today's changing world of work. As President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation, Lisa offers invaluable leadership and insights about the Future of Work-with a focus on how talent equity, demographics, the freelance economy, and new market dynamics present opportunities to gain strategic workforce and career advantage.
MESSAGE FROM CHALLENGE FACTORY
Why Create a Veterans Hiring Guide?
Features of the Guide
PART I: TOOLS FOR HIRING VETERANS
Taking Action: The Veterans Hiring Process
The Complete Take Action Checklist
Will Veteran Talent be Successful in Your Organization?
Understand Your Veteran Quotient
Military to Civilian Translation Guide
Finding Veteran Jobseekers
Customize Your Recruiting Materials
Interviewing Veterans for a Job
Understand Veterans During the Interview
PART II: BUSTING MYTHS ABOUT VETERANS
PART III: DID YOU KNOW?
The State of Canada's Small Employers
The Challenges Facing Veterans
Veteran Demographics at their Military Release
How Veterans Act in the Workplace
The Veteran Working Profile
Common Misperceptions about the Veteran Working Profile
The Truth About Veteran Health
The Truth About Veteran Education
The Business Case for Hiring Veterans
PART IV: RESOURCES
NOTES AND REFERENCES