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Women Veterans a Wealth of Untapped Talent in a Tight Labor Market


PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- With the unemployment rate at 3.7%, and with more jobs available than workers to fill them, employers are finding it difficult to find quality hires for their open positions. Employees are being asked to take on increased workloads as hiring managers struggle to find candidates. The labor market is getting tighter with each passing month, but there is one group of workers that more employers are turning to that is often overlooked, Women Veterans.

Women are the fastest growing segment in the military, comprising more than 14% of active duty forces, 18% of reserves, and over 9% of all current veterans. More than 280,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan in often hostile environments. With the increased number of women serving in the military, it is only logical there will be an increased number of Women Veterans transitioning each year. Despite their service, training, education, and experience, many find it challenging to secure civilian employment after service.

Veteran Recruiting and a growing group of leading companies have teamed up to recruit and hire Women Veterans specifically through online and in-person career fairs. In 2018, more than 14,000 Women Veterans attended the virtual career fairs, and more than 1,600 were extended job offers.

"Having hosted our veteran-focused virtual career fairs for more than ten years, I wanted to provide some specific events to women who are currently serving or have served. We had such great interest from many of our employer partners, and it is they who deserve all the credit as they are the ones who are doing the hiring" Stated Nicole O'Brien, CEO of Veteran Recruiting.

Women Veterans are more likely to enter the civilian workforce than male veterans, and a higher percentage of women veterans have college degrees than their male counterparts or women non-veterans.

"First Data makes a commitment to hiring veterans and military spouses, and our involvement with Veteran Recruiting's virtual career fairs is enhancing our ability to connect with talented female veterans across the country," said Vivian Greentree, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Corporate Citizenship, First Data. "We were thrilled to join the effort by participating in several career fairs in 2018, and look forward to future events in 2019."

The virtual career fairs make it easy for employers to engage with Women Veterans regardless of location. Job seekers and recruiters chat from the comfort and convenience of their home or office. Participating companies save time, money, and resources typically required for a nationwide recruiting effort.

To build on the success of the 2018 events, Veteran Recruiting will host four virtual career fairs in 2019 and two in-person hiring fairs. Women Veterans can register to attend all events here.

About Veteran Recruiting:

Veteran Recruiting (VR), a division of Astound Virtual has revolutionized the way employers, service members, veterans, military spouses, and caregivers connect as it relates to the job search. Through the VR virtual recruitment center, and the virtual career fairs, employers can recruit veteran talent across the globe in an efficient, effective, and environmentally friendly manner. Trusted by more than 400 Fortune 1,000 companies, the companies that participate in the VR virtual career fairs have hired more than 200,000 veterans and military spouses since 2011.


SOURCE Veteran Recruiting Services

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