In celebration of the three year anniversary of Joining Forces, an initiative connecting military families with the resources available to them, and on the heels of the effective date of OFCCP’s new veteran regulations, the White House released today a new employment tool for veterans and employers. The Veterans Employment Center is an online tool that connects veterans and service members with employers. The VEC helps translate military skills into the civilian workforce and will also provide, among other services, a listing of upcoming job fairs and a comprehensive database of resumes for employers who are seeking to leverage the skills and talents of veterans, service members, and their spouses.
The site appears to be as billed – a valuable, multi-faceted resource for veterans and their families…as well as for federal contractors looking to employ veterans. Job postings are accomplished through the National Labor Exchange (NLX), at US.jobs. Many federal contractors’ jobs are already posted at US.jobs and are thus now already available to veterans exploring the new Veterans Employment Center. If your jobs are not already listed with NLX, they may be posted individually or contractors may authorize NLX to automatically scrape their career websites and post jobs to US.jobs. That may be accomplished by starting here, which takes you to US.jobs here.
If your current job openings are not already posted with US.jobs/Veterans Employment Center, consider visiting this resource as soon as possible. It’s free; it appears to be a quality resource likely to attract the attention of many veterans; and OFCCP will likely expect all federal contractors to take advantage of this new resource. While posting your jobs with the VEC will not alone fulfill your veterans outreach obligations, it appears to be a valuable step in the right direction.