Field Tested: Recruiting, Managing, and Retaining Veterans

Field Tested: Recruiting, Managing, and Retaining Veterans

by Emily King
     
 

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Veterans are a tremendous source of untapped talent and come with a wealth of skills and experience beyond those of typical civilian employees. Field Tested gives readers the insight and tools they need to recruit and retain veterans, and to maximize their value in any organization.

A must-read for leaders, managers, and human resources professionals

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Overview

Veterans are a tremendous source of untapped talent and come with a wealth of skills and experience beyond those of typical civilian employees. Field Tested gives readers the insight and tools they need to recruit and retain veterans, and to maximize their value in any organization.

A must-read for leaders, managers, and human resources professionals across industries, Field Tested uncovers key cultural differences between the military and civilian workplace, and reveals how these differences can affect employee performance, satisfaction, and retention. Complete with real-world examples, practical models, and savvy advice, this book shows readers how to:
• Attract and interview veterans
• On-board them quickly and effectively
• Position them for success
• Ensure a smooth cultural transition
• Manage performance
• Help them develop lasting careers.

Smart companies that hire veterans owe it to themselves and their employees to under stand the unique considerations involved. This one-of-a-kind guide reveals how to make the most of America’s top talent.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
excellent guide that explains subtle, but critical, cultural differences between military and corporate environments...must-read for leaders, managers, and human resources professionals across industries.” —HRWorldToday

"King issues a call to duty for businesses." —Jim Pawlak,The Career News column

“…must-read for leaders, managers, and human resources professionals across industries…This one-of-a-kind guide reveals how to make the most of America’s top talent.” —SHRM blog

“… provides a powerful and results oriented base, for both job seeking veterans and employers, to ease and enhance the transition for individuals from military life to civilian careers.” —BlogBusinessWorld

"...gives real-world examples, practical models, and savvy advice in this book of insight and tools intended to help civilian employers recruit and retain veterans.” —Military Officer

The Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity selected Emily King as recipient of their Diversity Award 2012

"…Field Tested by Emily King, you’ll learn how to keep the best employee you may ever have.” —Terri Schlichenmeyer, Nationally Syndicated Columnist

The Axiom Business Book Award 2014

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814417799
Publisher:
AMACOM Books
Publication date:
11/10/2011
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
948,855
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Introduction

THIS BOOK IS WRITTEN for organizational leaders, managers, and human resource professionals, all of whom play an essential role in an employee's decision to stay or to go. I want to distinguish the book from my audio course for veterans themselves, titled "Your Military Transition," which speaks directly to the individual veteran about some of the same topics you'll read here. The audio course is intended as a self-paced learning tool for job seekers or new-hires transitioning from military service to civilian employment.

Throughout the book you'll hear me refer to "recruit for retention," which means recruiting for lasting talent versus recruiting for immediate relief followed by recruiting to replace those who were hired and quit. I use a variety of terms to refer to the veteran, such as "veteran," "service member," and "military new-hire." These are interchangeable. The reason for using multiple terms is that many civilians and veterans alike do not relate to the word "veteran." It seems to bring to mind World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and isn't easily relatable to the gulf wars. Therefore, in an effort to be inclusive, I have provided alternative terms, and I hope it doesn't confuse readers.

Another term you'll see is "veteran-friendly." It refers to organizations that deliberately set out to attract and retain veterans. They invest, to varying degrees, in programs and marketing meant to brand them in the job market as welcoming to service members. Currently there are a relative handful of companies hitting it out of the park in this regard, but I hope and expect to see an increase with the availability of this book.

The book's primary objectives are to increase your organizational capacity by:

—Anticipating and heading off challenges related to the military-to-civilian transition

—Gaining maximum leverage from the strengths brought by military service members

—Positioning them for success in your organization.

These are three important drivers of satisfaction and retention among military hires, and they are your keys to success as a veteran-friendly employer of choice. Further, the book is aimed at increasing your own professional capacity as a translator of culture and master of making the implicit explicit. You will learn all about this concept as the book continues. Whether you are an organizational leader, line manager, or internal human resource professional, stepping up to the translator role will set you apart from your peers and directly impact the retention of your top talent. Many of the concepts and suggestions in the book apply to any and all new-hires and will strengthen your organization across the board. That said, my particular interest is in the success of veterans, so I'll leave it to you, the reader, to broaden the context to include other new-hires.

Excerpted from FIELD TESTED by Emily King. Copyright © 2012. Published by AMACOM Books, a division of American Management Association, New York, NY. Used with permission.

All rights reserved. http://www.amacombooks.org.

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Meet the Author

EMILY KING is a nationally recognized expert on the transition from military service to civilian employment. She has worked extensively with veterans and civilian hiring organizations, and is a frequent speaker at industry events including SHRM and ASTD.

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