RICHMOND- The National Association of Workforce Boards will be hosting their annual conference in Washington, DC this year from March 29 to April 1st. The NAWB Forum — which will feature keynote speakers such as Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, and author Arianna Huffington — is an annual gathering of Workforce Investment Boards throughout the country to share best practices, learn about the workforce landscape, and hear strategic solutions to overcoming obstacles.
The Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program will be featured this year on March 30, along with the Northern Virginia Technology Council and Monster.com/Military.com, to discuss Virginia’s initiatives to help connect hiring employers with job-seeking Veterans.
Virginia’s Department of Veterans Services has partnered with these two organizations to host an innovative approach to employer-Veteran connectivity obstacles that abandons the traditional job-fair format. These “Recruiting Days” offer Veterans an opportunity to hear from each and every company, as well as sit down with their representatives and talk about specific job openings. In what has been described as a “Speed Dating” environment, it is the employers who approach every job-seeker in a controlled and timed environment.
The idea evolved out of the broader V3 concept, which is to approach Veteran employment opportunities by focusing on the employer rather than the Veteran: If companies understand how valuable Veteran talent is to their organizational efficiency and bottom line, then half the problem is solved.
These Recruiting Days serve as a capstone event for V3 companies, allowing them to connect directly with qualified Veterans and serving members of the National Guard and Reserve, after pledging to the Commonwealth to hire and retain a certain number over a year period.
The V3 Presentation on Recruiting Days is part of a broader discussion with Monster Government Solutions and the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Veterans Employment Initiative. The title of the workshop is “Working Together to Integrate Veterans Into Your Workforce.”