AJE HOSTS WEBINAR on Compliance and Veteran Hiring!

On Tuesday, November 10th, America’s Job Exchange (AJE) hosted the webinar ‘Hiring Veterans: OFCCP Year in Review and Corporate Case Study’. It was AJE’s way of honoring veterans and bringing awareness to veterans’ hiring needs and the challenges they face in the workplace.

The response to this webinar illustrates that HR and recruiting professionals are eagerly seeking information and assistance with their OFCCP compliance initiatives. There is a need for clarity regarding certain OFCCP developments, particularly in the following areas:

  • The OFCCP regulations around veterans (VEVRAA)
  • Best practices for veteran hiring
  • OFCCP’s increased focus on outreach and what this means for employers

Guest speakers Laura Mitchell Esq., Shareholder, Jackson Lewis and Paul Turevon, Vice President, Time Warner Cable, provided attendees with a detailed presentation that addressed these concerns with precise information and practical tips to help them prepare for continuous OFCCP compliance.

One important point Mitchell made was that the guidelines pertaining to veteran recruitment have changed in a number of ways with the revised OFCCP regulations that went into effect March 24, 2014.  The new guidelines include:

  • Soliciting veteran status from applicants & employees
  • Recording veterans hiring benchmark
  • Documenting accommodation requests
  • Assessing effectiveness of outreach


The Time Warner Cable (TWC) case study, presented by Turevon, was a testimony to the company’s great commitment to veterans. Currently the percentage of TWC employees who self-identify as veterans is 8.2 percent which is 1.2 % above the OFCCP recommended benchmark of 7%.  Additionally, 8.9% of TWC’s new hires and over 10% of its Directors and above have self-identified as a veteran!

TWC, under Turevon’s leadership, conducts detailed analysis of the entire process of veteran recruitment.  If they sourced a veteran and that candidate was not hired, an After Action Review (AAR) interview with the Hiring Leader is conducted to understand why such a candidate was not hired.  The common themes usually were veterans:

  • Came across as too reserved
  • Didn’t sell themselves
  • Were challenged at times to explain the decision to leave the military

To better support veterans, Turevon attended the US Department of Labor Veterans Employment Workshop at Fort Bragg.  Following this workshop, TWC began to coach veterans on how to interview.  An initiative was undertaken to educate the recruiters on how to understand military experiences and advocate to hiring leaders.

At America’s Job Exchange we believe that a diverse workforce is beneficial to every company and its employees. Our mission is to provide the best tools, resources and information to connect employers and diverse talent. We aim to not only provide resources and tools for your diversity recruiting needs but to connect you with partners that can help you meet your goals.  We look forward to providing you with more informative programs like this one. Slides to the full webinar will be available shortly.


America’s Job Exchange Honors Veterans Day

vet-dayAmerica’s Job Exchange is honoring Veterans Day and celebrating Veterans Month (November). Join us on November 10, 1:00-2:15 PM EST for our webinar ‘Hiring Veterans: OFCCP Year in review and Corporate Case Study.’ This webinar focuses on the revised Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and subsequent affirmative action expectations around veteran hiring.

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The Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities

disabilityMany employers are finding success with an often overlooked talent pool — candidates with disabilities. Forward-looking employers are developing proactive sourcing plans to create a recruiting pipeline that includes candidates with disabilities.


Many businesses that employ individuals with disabilities report reduced employee turnover, increased employee loyalty, and increased morale and productivity of other employees. According to Maryland.gov “Strong human capital strategies, which include recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities, are pivotal to maintaining competitive advantage.”

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AJE’s First Twitter Chat-#NDEAMchat

blog-chatOn October 7, 1:00 PM Eastern, America’s Job Exchange hosted its first (very successful) Twitter chat! AJE partnered with Job Accommodation Network (JAN) and The Carroll Center to bring valuable information to employers on important components of disability hiring. We had great participation from many organizations and along with our partners got some very insightful feedback and helpful tips.

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America’s Job Exchange is hosting its first Twitter Chat!

Please join us on October 7, 1:00 PM EDT, to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The theme is “My disability is one part of who I am” and we hope you will join the discussion and ask questions about important disability hiring issues like disability inclusion, disability etiquette and more.

How to participate

  • You must have a Twitter account. If you don’t have one, just visit Twitter.com and fill out the form with your name and email and create a password to sign up
  • To help make this Twitter chat easier for you to follow along and participate, we created a “room” using Twubs. Simply go to: http://twubs.com/NDEAMchat
  • You will need to authenticate Twitter to be able to participate and tweet directly from here.
  • Type in #NDEAMchat in the search bar9-29-1
  • At 1:00 PM, EDT, we will begin and our moderator will welcome participants, begin asking questions. You will see Q1, Q2, Q3 … to signal that a question is being asked. For our first Twitter chat, we have some topics and questions outlined, but encourage all participants to chime in with questions and comments
  • As a guest, we welcome you to answer our questions and ask questions of your own. When participating, please use @ajejobs and #NDEAMchat so we know you are participating9-29-2
  • Feel free to share Tweets from within the chat with your network, perhaps by re-tweeting with comments, but don’t forget to use hashtags so people can follow along9-29-3
  • Pause is a good option if there are too many Tweets and you need time to catch up
  • Feed Speed is the tab name on Twubs that allows you to control the speed. The conversation should auto-refresh for you every 10 seconds, but you are welcome to refresh as needed9-29-4
  • If you ask a question or reply to someone in the chat, use the hashtag so everyone can be in on the conversation

We look forward to your participation and your feedback! See you on October 7 at 1:00 PM, EDT. In the meantime, follow us @ajejobs.


America’s Job Exchange to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month #NDEAMchat

blog-chatAmerica’s Job Exchange is participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “My disability is one part of who I am.”

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