The Texas Veterans Commission assists employers by serving as the link between companies needing quality employees, and qualified Texas veterans who are seeking employment. This is accomplished by educating companies on the benefits of hiring veterans and by acting as a liaison between employers and veterans.
Local Veterans Employer Representative (LVER)
LVER staff conduct outreach to employers and business associations and engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for veterans and encourage the hiring of disabled veterans.
LVER’s provide the following services:
• Planning and participating in job and career fairs
• Conducting employer outreach
• In conjunction with employers, conducting job searches and workshops, and establishing job search groups
• Coordinating with unions, apprenticeship programs, and businesses or business organizations to promote and secure employment and training programs for veterans
• Informing federal contractors of the process to recruit qualified veterans
• Coordinating and participating with other business outreach efforts LVERs are members of the business services team.
For more information and to find an American Job Center near you, click HERE.
HIRE Vets Medallion Program
The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. Visit https://www.hirevets.gov/ to get started on your application. To view award recipients for 2019 click HERE
Translating Military Skills
Texas Veterans Commission recognized that employers can sometimes find it difficult to translate a Veteran applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities into comparable skill sets valued by their organization. So, the “Hiring Manager’s Guide to Veteran Applications” was developed to assist those in the hiring process to evaluate the military experience of Veteran applicants.
The website, WorkInTexas-Veterans.jobs, helps Texas veterans translate their military skills to jobs in the civilian world. The Military Occupation Code Crosswalk function allows veterans to enter the type of work they performed in the armed services and receive a list of civilian jobs that require those skills. The system also translates military occupation codes into skills employers are looking for in potential employees.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.
WOTC joins other workforce programs that incentivize workplace diversity and facilitate access to good jobs for American workers.
Hiring Veterans Toolkit
The United States Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) has developed a step-by-step toolkit for employers to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include transitioning Service Members, Veterans and wounder warriors in the their recruitment and hiring initiatives.