DAV is partnering with U.S. technology trade associations in an online community that helps veterans transition to civilian careers. The initiative, U.S. Tech Vets, connects veterans to employment in the technology sector.
“The U.S. tech industry understands that hiring veterans is more than just the right thing to do—it’s a smart business investment,” said DAV National Adjutant Marc Burgess. “U.S. Tech Vets offers a platform to connect meaningful employment opportunities with the skilled and dedicated men and women who served. This service will greatly benefit veterans across the country.”
The website, www.USTechVets.org, features a military skills translator that matches a veteran’s skills to civilian jobs. Veterans can also access a searchable database of positions open at participating technology associations and tap into educational resources to help them develop skills to thrive in a private-sector career.
U.S. Tech Vets is sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association, the Northern Virginia Technology Council and Monster.com. Participating professional associations include the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, the Central Station Alarm Association, CompTIA, the Electronic Security Association, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Professional Services Council, the Security Industry Association, the Telecommunications Industry Association and the Wireless Infrastructure Association.
Besides posting available jobs, member companies of these associations will be actively looking for potential employees by searching resumes uploaded by veterans. By combining Monster’s technology and audience reach with the support of these technology associations and employers, the site will create the largest collection of veteran job candidates and technology industry jobs available anywhere.
“The technology industry is one of America’s fastest-growing industries and is hungry for high-quality talent,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. “Veterans bring valuable skills and experience to the job, such as leadership, team building, motivation, work ethic and quick thinking, as well as experience working in a mission-focused environment. These qualities are highly prized in the technology sector. We understand that a workforce with these outstanding qualities can be an incredible competitive advantage in the marketplace. More, veterans have served our nation. It’s our duty to give back to them.”
U.S. Tech Vets was unveiled Jan. 8 during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In its commitment to improving employment opportunities for veterans, DAV will be developing additional initiatives.