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Campaign to help the hiring of National Guard and Veterans

American Jobs for America's Heroes, a non- profit campaign to help connect employers and military, has announced that 1,000 employers across America have signed up to seek and hire National Guard members, veterans and spouses. American Jobs for America's Heroes campaign is an alliance of Center For America, the Army National Guard and two non-profit organizations supporting the military, Corporate America Supports You (CASY) and Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN).

The American Jobs for America's Heroes campaign helps small to midsize employers who want to hire Guard members and veteran by providing job postings from more than 1,000 participating employers directly to hundreds of uniformed military employment counselors who are actively matching Guard and veteran candidates with civilian jobs. All services to employers and candidates are free.

"Employers need to fill openings quickly. By the time Guard members and vets find the openings posted on job boards, employers may have already filled the job. By immediately getting the postings to counselors in the Guard and other military branches, who then match the posting to the hundreds of candidates each is working with, we can improve opportunities for veterans to be considered," said Steve Nowlan, AJAH campaign director and president of Center for America (CFA).

More than 150 trade associations and professional societies, including 28 state chambers of commerce, are supporting the campaign through regular publicity to their members. Some are hosting an AJAH webinar aimed at achieving success in hiring Guard members and other veterans.

"We're thrilled to have more than 1,000 employers in the campaign, which is good evidence that this expedited, hands-on approach has value for companies that often need and want help in their recruiting efforts," said Erin Voirol, MSCCN Executive Director. "Our ability to instantly distribute job postings directly to uniformed employment counselors enables them to focus one-on-one on matching candidates and helping them apply for jobs."

AJAH was launched two years ago at the request of the Army National Guard (ARNG) headquarters in Washington, D.C. ARNG unemployment in state commands ranges up to 15%. AJAH is a voluntary private sector component of the ARNG employment initiative and supports employment counselors and veterans in all other military branches.

"AJAH is helping smaller businesses that may not have dedicated HR people and who may not have hired Guard members or vets before. In fact, about 70% of the employers in the campaign don't have an organized military hiring campaign," said Stacy Bayton, Chief Operating Officer of CASY. "We can help these employers modify their postings to be more relevant to veterans, plus explain how a candidate's experience and training relates to the job requirements. Often this clarification makes the difference in whether an employer makes an offer. It is exciting to all of us on the campaign to help employers succeed with this and our services are free to participating employers."

The National Guard trains in 107 occupational specialties, making the men and women of the National Guard, like their veteran counterparts, among the most highly qualified employment candidates in America. Tens of thousands of Guard and veterans are now seeking employment and, according to the Department of Defense, and more than 100,000 soldiers will be downsized from the services in the next few years.

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