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Engaging the Veteran Workforce
November 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ESTFree
Looking for a motivated, hard-working, ethical employee? Try hiring a U.S. veteran. Veterans are disciplined team players with the skills your company needs. In this training, you will learn what the veteran workforce really looks like, what types of skills they have and jobs they want, and how to translate their unique military experience into relevant job duties.
This training is for any HR professional or hiring manager that wants to learn more about why veterans make good hires and how to effectively engage and retain this valuable workforce. Michigan has one of the largest veteran populations in the country, so this is a workforce your company can’t be missing out on!
- Demographics of the veteran workforce
- Veteran skills and job paths
- How to translate veteran experience into the workplace
- How to engage and retain veteran employees
About the Speaker
Heather Merrick has over 15 years of experience in human resources related roles, with strong experience in talent acquisition, organizational and workforce development, employee engagement, HR policy development, and HR strategy. She joined Express Employment Professionals in 2015 as an HR Consultant & Professional Recruiter to partner with client companies in providing HR solutions for recruiting and retaining top-notch talent, including training, workforce development, and recruitment strategies. She also provides consultation on HR policy development; best practices for employee engagement, organizational development, talent acquisition, and succession management; Veteran hiring, onboarding, and retention initiatives; and HR strategy for business success. Heather’s recruiting experience includes manufacturing leadership, engineering, skilled trades, human resources, accounting/finance, sales & marketing, information technology, project management, administrative, medical, government, and non-profit roles.
In addition to her private sector work experience, Heather served 7 years on active duty in the United States Army and is a certified SHRM Foundation Inclusion Captain for Veteran Hiring, Onboarding, and Retention initiatives. Her education includes a bachelor of business administration degree with a double major in human resources management and marketing; a master of business administration degree with a concentration in human resources; and she is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Heather is also an active volunteer in the HR community, having served on the AHRM Board of Directors in Grand Rapids in a variety of roles since 2013, and she is also currently the Director of Workforce Readiness for the MISHRM Council.