Shirley Alexander, Sr. HR Consultant
HR Client Services
This is our second article in a series on UNM’s commitment to hiring veterans.
As we approach the 20th year occurrence of the 9/11 attack, we all recall that September 11, 2001 was a day that changed our nation. For the family and friends of the 2,977 victims it was a day of immeasurable loss.
However, 9/11 inspired many young Americans to enlist in the military according to the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).
Many of the military service members who assisted on that tragic day have retired from military service and are reentering the civilian workforce.
Now that the pack is back, getting back to community outreach and recruitment activities will allow us to continue our focus on our commitment to hiring more veterans and service members into our workforce.
Utilizing military-focused job websites, community career fairs and veteran’s recruitment events are very effective ways to focus specifically on the recruitment and hiring of veterans.
As part of our commitment to hiring more veterans, we will continue to provide trainings to our hiring officials, HR Agents and HR staff to expectantly erase the assumptions and stereotypes around the reluctance to hire military members and the willingness to translate military skills to civilian job experience.
Veterans acquire specialized training and are highly skilled and disciplined employees with a steady talent pipeline of work ethic and transferrable skills that are invaluable. We understand the value of these transferrable skills and the value these skills will bring to our workforce.
With some of our workforce working from home while others adjust to transitioning back to campus and regular office hours, most veterans are highly trained for remote work situations.
While many of us have missed the in-person interactions with our coworkers and are fatigued with virtual meetings, veterans have a much greater capacity and higher resilience for remote work given a career of extended deployments away from home.
As Client Services transitions back into community outreach activities geared towards the hiring of more veterans, we are collaborating, sharing and communicating with partnerships built specifically to focus on helping many of these veterans to make this transition too.
Hiring veterans through our Veteran Hiring Preference Program will help to establish a solid brand as an employer of choice among military veterans and is key to successful recruitment in our communities.
“I invest in veterans not to do them a favor; they are actually doing me a favor, because the qualities they bring to the workforce are invaluable.”
— Roger Staubach, JLL Americas, Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback and Veteran