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Smart Employers Know: Unemployed Does Not Mean Unemployable

Recruitment or Employment Issues Chalk DrawingThe more we learn and discuss the impending skills gap, the more we’re hearing about companies that are doing their best to combat it and reskill workers.

While some companies have focused on external outreach programs, others have created in-house training and development programs.

Then there are companies that are focusing on helping those communities that tend to be overlooked by employers – such as veterans, unemployed individuals and disabled workers.

Consider, for instance, Humana. Last year, the health insurance company pledged to hire 1,000 military veterans over a three-year period. The company created a veterans resource group to help educate veterans about their career options and empower them with the skills and resources they need to create careers in the civilian workforce.

Learn more about Humana’s efforts to empower employment here:

Also in this category is Boeing, which makes an effort to employ qualified people with disabilities and coordinates accommodation arrangements and education programs “that work to eliminate barriers and best access individual skills and abilities in the Boeing workforce.”

Meanwhile, there are companies like AIELLO Home Services, a Connecticut-based HVAC company that’s bucking the trend of only hiring currently employed individuals. “AIELLO simply wants to hire good people,” said a spokesman for the company, who added that he himself was unemployed when the company hired him.

Accounting firm Ernst & Young also knows that unemployed is not the same as unemployable, and enlists the help of its own employees to help them recruit quality candidates – currently employed or not. Today, 45 percent of the firm’s nonentry-level placements stem from employee referrals.

Is your organization making an effort to empower employment? Visit the Empowering Employment website to share your story.

Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.
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