Hiring Veterans

ECIA through the ECIA Foundation is pleased to support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and their Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) initiative. Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide program to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities.

Consider veterans as excellent job candidates – they are prepared with a breadth of experience and possess desirable characteristics such as:

  • The ability to rapidly adapt and adopt new skills
  • A strong sense of personal integrity and accountability
  • Training in many occupational skills that lend themselves to the electronics industry

More than 80 percent of military employment positions have a direct civilian job equivalent. Consider developing a strategy that translates those positions into careers at your firm. Then make a point of letting potential employees know that you value their military background.

Questions? Contact Bekah Strohman at Hiring our Heroes: rstroman@uschamber.com

ECIA has produced a resource paper that outlines some of the financial benefits available when hiring veterans – review today to learn more about potential tax advantages.

Commit To Hiring

Register your firm and make a commitment to hire veterans and military spouses. With over 450,000 jobs reported to date, success is in site! In return for your registration, you will receive a company web badge to announce your support. Show your site visitors that you support our military!

And if you do register be sure to let Debbie Conyers know so that we can recognize your company as well.

Hiring Our Heroes regularly arranges veterans hiring fairs across the country. They make it easy for your company to participate: they organize, publicize and work with veterans to encourage their attendance. Take advantage of these opportunities to connect with a workforce ready to serve! Find a veteran's hiring fair in your area.

NEW - Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program

Learn more about the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program, which provides transitioning service members with management training and hands-on experience in the civilian workforce. Expand your understanding of the veteran job market and prepare transitioning service members for smooth transitions into civilian careers.

HOH will match transitioning service member "fellows" with participating companies based on the skills and preferences of both parties. Most fellows are active-duty senior enlisted service members or junior officers who are transitioning into the civilian workforce within the next 6 months. Our 12-week program is hosted by military installations across the country.

Additional HOH resources:

A vast amount of information is available on the benefits of hiring our military veterans, their spouses and caregivers.

Employer Roadmap: whether you are looking for answers or ready to hire, this site provides a detailed plan of action to move forward. Read articles on recruiting dos and don’ts, educate yourself on the military’s lingo (you thought the electronics industry had a lot of acronyms!) and learn about creating a strong sense of community. The site provides a wealth of knowledge and best practices.

Regional Job Fairs: HOH has a number of job fairs already set up across the country. They do the promotion and work with the local community. As an employer, all you have to do is register to attend. There is normally no fee involved to register as an employer, although there are paid sponsorships available as well. Read the FAQ to learn more.

Job Summits: HOH organizes two-day job summits in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Army, and other national partners, typically held on a military base. A recent summit held at Ft. Bragg received national media coverage from NBC’s Today Show and featured the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team. Paid sponsorship opportunities provide increased access and exposure at these events.

Virtual Job Scout: Complete a brief company registration to participate in virtual job fairs scheduled throughout the year.

Other Resources:

Department of Labor: The DOL Veterans Hiring Toolkit offers valuable resources developed to explain and simplify hiring veterans and taking advantage of the Work Opportunity Tax Credits.

Federal Income Tax Credits: The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available to private-sector businesses that hire individuals from eligible target groups. Review the Department of Labor’s Employer’s Guide for a step-by-step process to earn the potential tax benefit for hiring a veteran. WOTC can reduce an employer’s federal income tax liability by as much as $9,600 per veteran hired.