APPROACH & METHODOLOGY
Vets in Tech will focus on three key objectives: 1) Increasing awareness within technology companies around the role that vets can play and the areas and roles where they can have the biggest impact, most frequently leadership roles or specialty functions that align with the skills they've developed in the military; 2) Working directly with recruiting teams and hiring managers to improve the targeted recruitment of veterans into well aligned roles; and 3) Increasing awareness in the veterans community about the opportunities for vets in tech companies through scaled education efforts and individual transition assistance and mentoring.
This initiative will initially be organized organically, comprising volunteer veterans working in a handful of companies in Silicon Valley. Over time, as this program grows, the team will look to expand its size and geographic footprint.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
- 9/15/2011: Frame goals and objectives for the program
- 10/1/2011: Engage in initial outreach to first phase of volunteer veterans at sponsor companies (10-15 companies)
- 10/15/2011: Establish a meeting cycle aligned with goals and objectives
- 11/15/2011: Refine charter, goals, and commitments
- 11/30/2011: Initialize outreach: drive deeper engagement with veterans at more companies- 12/31/2011: Initial corporate recruiting education efforts complete
- 3/31/2012: Assessment of impact: number of veterans hired and size of mentor network
First, employers are unaware of the skills, experience, and impact that veterans can bring to their organizations. This is a problem particularly prevalent in technology, where the key roles are, on the surface, are not well aligned with roles in which veterans have traditionally been successful (e.g. law enforcement, logistics, etc.).
Second, veterans rarely look to the tech sector as a logical area to transition to after their military service. Veterans lack awareness of the opportunities available in the tech sector and how their specific experience can apply to this field.
Finally, there are many successful veterans in the tech space who are willing to serve as mentors to other fellow veterans. Currently, no formal network exists to support veterans looking to enter the tech space. Such networks have proven to be very successful in other sectors, like finance. Vets in Tech can lead the way to replicating this success in the tech sector.