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May012012

Monster and Military.com Continue Commitment to Get Veterans Back to Work

Continuing its leadership position in veterans’ employment issues, Monster®, the worldwide leader in connecting people to job opportunities and the flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. , and Military.com, the nation’s largest military and veteran community, recently held its second free Virtual Career Fair for Veterans.

More than 30 companies came together giving recruiters and more than 10,000 Veteran, active duty, guard and reservists the chance to connect in a collaborative virtual environment, featuring jobs in the technology, retail, entertainment, finance, and sales sectors, ranging from entry-level and middle-manager positions, to senior roles. The next Virtual Career Fair in this free series for veterans will take place August 21 – 23.

Monster currently works with thousands of companies that recognize the unique talents veterans bring to the workforce. Monster and Military.com are also the official online partners in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Hiring our Heroes" initiative, providing online tools for veterans to use before and after career fairs to translate their military skills, prepare a marketable resume, and to connect with both mentors and employers online.

“One of the biggest challenges veterans face as they transition from military to civilian life according to both vets and hiring managers, is translating military skills into civilian-equivalent skills. That is particularly true for those serving in traditional combat roles, where it may not be obvious how their skill sets translate into the private sector,” said Rear Adm. T.L. McCreary, U.S. Navy (Ret.) and President of Military.com.

In an effort to conquer this challenge, Monster and Military.com introduced its Military Skills Translator (developed by Military.com), to help veterans decode their military abilities into civilian equivalents and connect them to employers. Once veterans have translated their skills to civilian terms, they can then build a resume through Military.com's Resume Builder that will match the format of other civilians applying for the same job. Because military resumes are often written in a unique style, they don't always translate well to the civilian employers. The Resume Builder bridges that gap.

As part of Monster’s ongoing commitment to veteran hiring needs, in November 2011, the company introduced the first Veterans Talent Index (VTI), an innovative new tool that helps connect veteran job seekers and employers more effectively. The VTI provides a snapshot of the skills veterans possess, identifies the attributes employers admire in candidates, and gauges how well they are matching up at any given point in time. Released on a semi-annual basis, this tool provides a more accurate picture of the hiring landscape for veterans. The next VTI will be introduced just prior to Memorial Day.

These initiatives are all a part of Monster’s ongoing commitment to transition service members into meaningful employment opportunities, to both recognize and demonstrate the value that veterans bring to the American workforce.

To learn more about hiring veterans, including recruitment solutions for employers, visit the Veteran Employment Center of Monster and Military.com.

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