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Chicagoland’s Veterans Working Group Draws Accolades

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 12, 2017

Topics: Success Stories, Recruiting Talent, Partnerships, Veterans

As we noted in February, Chicagoland businesses have been involved in a unique effort to learn from and collaborate with CEOs, HR, hiring managers and representatives from military-connected organizations throughout the region. The effort, the Veterans Working Group (VWG), was born from a collaboration between the Commercial Club of Chicago’s Civic Committee and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and is facilitated by CAEL.


Chicagoland Businesses Swap Solutions and Successes for Veteran Employment with Veterans Working Group

Posted by Brian Sorenson on February 21, 2017

Topics: Best Practices, Case Studies, Veterans

It’s no secret that military veterans make for exemplary employees. Driven, skilled and hardworking by nature, veterans bring the same determination that helped them serve our country with distinction to the workforce. Even though businesses are taking greater steps to hire these valuable employees, it’s clear that there remain barriers between many veterans and would-be employers.


Businesses Place Higher Priority on Hiring Veterans, but there’s Work to Be Done

Posted by Brian Sorenson on November 9, 2016

Topics: Workforce Development, Recruiting Talent, Veterans

This week Stars and Stripes shared some promising news about veteran hiring trends in the U.S., courtesy of a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes initiative. According to the report, veterans are now among the top three recruiting targets for companies. Large businesses (defined as those with more than 1,000 employees) have made particularly notable efforts to hire veterans, with 90 percent of HR and hiring manager respondents noting that veteran recruitment is important for their businesses.