A few months ago, we posted a blog about the “Hiring Our Heroes” movement that’s aimed at getting military veterans back to work. With so many qualified, dependable former service men and women out of work, the disparity had boiled down to one thing: miscommunication. Veterans have struggled to translate their skills to the civilian workforce and employers have had a hard time matching those skills to their needs.
This nationwide initiative has sparked both awareness and action. There have been job fairs across the nation (both traditional and online) as well as training classes for employers and veterans alike to help bridge the communication gap.
Monster.com (one of the world’s leading online job search sites) has partnered with Military.com to provide a wildly helpful translation tool for veteran job seekers. Their tool—the Skills Translator—uses a veteran’s branch of service, pay grade and title to formulate a list of civilian job equivalencies.
Here’s a snap shot of the translator:
After entering a few set pieces of data, relevant job postings are aggregated and displayed. This appears to be a very simple, yet powerful aid for veterans.
Since the movement began in April 2011, employers have hired more than 90,000 veterans and military spouses through its affiliated efforts–impressive results, but there’s still a long way to go. Hopefully, with the help of tools like this one, the road between military service and civilian employment will not be such a long one!