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DirectEmployers Association and NASWA Announce Partnership with U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to Assist Nation’s Veterans in Finding Employment

To assist veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses in obtaining meaningful civilian employment, DirectEmployers Association and its longtime partner, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), announce an alliance with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s (USCCF) Hiring Our Heroes program. The objective of this alliance will be to utilize and leverage the strengths and expertise of each organization, while working toward the common goal of getting our nation’s heroes back to work.

During DirectEmployers 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, D.C., Jennifer Giering, U.S.  ...

During DirectEmployers 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, D.C., Jennifer Giering, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Pam Gerassimides, National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA); and Candee Chambers, DirectEmployers Associations formally announce their partnership and commitment to assisting veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses obtain meaningful civilian employment. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Our nation’s military is comprised of some of the most talented individuals, and as a veteran myself, I understand the challenges these men and women face as they enter the civilian workforce. Through this collaboration, we aim to help these talented individuals during this transitional period by connecting them with employers who are military-friendly and ready to hire,” commented Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association.

The partnership will seek to use the National Labor Exchange (NLx)–an existing partnership between DirectEmployers and NASWA. With over one million jobs available daily from 340,000 nationwide employers, the NLx job source will allow Hiring Our Heroes the ability to better leverage the open data of more than one million job listings currently available in the NLx. Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses will benefit from Hiring Our Heroes’ ability to more effectively design news search and job application functions in its online job search tool, Fast Track.

“We are excited about this partnership as it brings together and expands significant resources of three major organizations, working in collaboration, to assist our nation’s veterans return to work,” stated Mark Henry, President, NASWA.

Not only will this agreement allow veterans easy access to a variety of jobs, it makes it less challenging for employers to get their jobs in front of veterans, in addition to the Hiring Our Heroes website. Employers who currently use the Hiring Our Heroes website can now list jobs by directly posting into their state job bank, which links into the NLx, or have their jobs electronically acquired from their corporate career website by the NLx–all at no cost.

“Through this innovative partnership, we will be able to better guide our military men and women toward the more than one million available jobs in the National Labor Exchange,” said Eric Eversole, Executive Director of Hiring Our Heroes and Vice President at the U.S. Chamber. “This is public and private sector collaboration at its best and will help veterans and service members make more informed decisions about career opportunities, and to do so earlier in the transition process.”

Furthermore, each of these three organizations will work to leverage their resources and knowledge base with employers and state workforce agencies to help veterans obtain employment opportunities that allow them to utilize their unique qualifications and skillset. The formal announcement of this alliance was made at the DirectEmployers Annual Meeting and Conference on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, located in Arlington, Virginia.

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The mission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment. USCCF presents a broad range of programs that promote a greater understanding of economic and public affairs issues.

Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes, a program of USCCF, was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the Chamber’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, HOH’s goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities.

HOH operates Fast Track, an online job search tool that identifies pathways to careers in the fastest growing job markets in America and the top industries driving that growth.

About DirectEmployers Association

DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and inclusion that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery.

About the National Association of State Workforce Agencies

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is an organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance laws, employment services, training programs, employment statistics and labor market information and other programs and services provided through the publicly-funded state workforce system.

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