Welcome to the Georgia Chapter of IEC
7 Steps to Hiring Veterans
There are thousands of veterans exiting the eight Georgia military bases every month. Governor Nathan Deal provided an eye opening statistic, “60 to 80 thousand veterans will be returning to Georgia by 2016.” This population is one of the ways IEC members can find solutions to their workforce need. With this comes many opportunities for IEC members to hire veterans. This was the message relayed by Governor Deal January 4th at an employer workforce summit that was attended by IEC’s Workforce Developer Lana Frye.
- Prepare the Job Description- Does military experience count? What military positions are well suited for the position?
- Post the Job- Veteran websites are available to help.
a. CareerBuzz. www.gtdopp-csm.symplicity.com
b. Hero2Hired. H2h.jobs/employers
c. Operation Workforce. www.operationworkforce.com
- Review the Applications- Reference confusing terms or duty positions using a military skill translator and military rank tools.
a O*Net www.onetonline.org (military translator)
b. Military Ranks www.military-ranks.org
- Conduct the Initial Interview- Focus on character first, then skills. Have the candidate elaborate on military jargon. Select the best candidate with a 2 to 3 ratio, (hire 2 veterans, invite 3 to an internship.)
- Observe in the Workplace-Customize the veteran internship. Integrate aptitude assessments. Assign mentors. Provide feedback on performance.
- Conduct the Final Interview- Consolidate feedback from mentors. Provide an opportunity for veteran to talk about their intern experience.
- Make the Job Offer- Review the military pay and benefits website. Be aware of the “Band of Acceptability” – Service members are willing to accept up to a 22-27% decrease in pay as a result of their transition.
- a. Military Pay and Benefits websites
- DFAS www.dfas.mil
- Housing allowance www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bah.com
Make the offer!
IEC Georgia Welcomes Howell Electric in Martinez
Jason Howell joined the IEC Georgia Chapter while he was attending the 2014 NEC Code Change Seminar held in August on May 9th. As a smaller contractor, Jason looks forward to utilizing the IEC network for the work he performs throughout the U.S.
Howell Electric Inc.
4163 Wheeler Rd.
Martinez, GA 30907
Partner Members Bring Value to IEC Membership!
Manufacturers, distributors and service companies are constantly bringing both new products and information to our membership to partner in the mutual success of the contractor. IEC values these services and wants to make sure our members are aware of the opportunities that are available to them. Here are just a couple opportunities from several of our IEC Partner Members:
• Federated Insurance is offering a FREE 2 ½-day Designated Risk Manager Seminar for Contractors, August 11-13 in Owatonna, MN. The key agenda items range from driving standards to claims handling, employment-related practices, workers comp and much more. Click here to find out more about the program and how to register.
• Schneider Electric will host an online seminar on Wednesday, May 14th at 2pm on "Growing Your Business by Leveraging New Opportunities in the 2014 NEC with Your Customers." Here's just a few items on this FREE Seminar: alternative lighting load calculations; modular data center; photovoltaic installations; EV Energy Management and much more. Click here for more information and to register.
Why IEC is a Strong Move for your Business
IEC is a national non-profit organization that represents small business and merit electrical contractors in Georgia and throughout the US. IEC has resources, knowledge and connections to offer its members, with the main goal of partnering with its members toward success. Here are just a few of the services that benefit IEC members:
• The ability to connect with other IEC members throughout the United States assists in obtaining, manning and completing contracts
• IEC fights for independent business owner rights to conduct business with the least amount of government and regulatory intrusion.
• Top caliber of training is offered for workers through IEC's four and two-year apprenticeship programs. One of the best ways to succeed in business is a professionally trained staff
• IEC's Loan/Borrow program allows you to either loan excess employees to another member, or borrow from another, when you need temporary workers
• IEC consistently offers continuing education opportunities on topics that are pertinent to your needs, including continuing education requirements in GA, AL, NC, VA, and coming soon in FL, KY and TX.
Membership with the IEC offers many benefits, so let IEC work with you to help develop and grow your business. If you are in the Atlanta metro area, click here to apply; if you are located outside the metro Atlanta area in Georgia or South Carolina click here to apply for membership.