Last month, this blog asked and answered the question of whether the IT channel should turn up its focus on hiring U.S. military veterans to help fill the IT skills gap. While there is a challenge translating the lingo and skills used in the service into the civilian sector, this is a talent pool of quality individuals who are looking for a chance.
A recent article from CIO featured an interview with Jaime Parent, the Associate CIO and vice president of IT operations for the Rush University Medical Center—a Chicago hospital. An Air Force veteran, Parent is also behind The Rush Center for Veterans and Their Families, a service that is helping not only train former military members to help them find a lasting career, but also to integrate back into civilian life, which can be much more difficult than it seems.
"Wal-Mart's going to hire 50,000 veterans, they say. That's great; doing what? Being cashiers? Greeters? For these veterans, the positions we're talking about aren't about productivity, or how much they can produce. It's about learning and mastering multiple skills so that within sixteen months they are competitive in the IT marketplace and can go start a career somewhere else," Parent said.
The IT skills gap is not going away anytime soon and returning veterans bring a unique set of experiences and qualities to the ever changing landscape. VAR Staffing has the ability to recruit the impactful talent that IT solution providers are coveting in a fierce marketplace.