RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS

With strong leadership, teamwork and technical skills, and a mission-driven work ethic, military service members and veterans are excellent candidates for a range of solar careers. Almost 20,000 veterans are employed in solar, making up approximately 8% of the solar workforce. On rooftops, in the field, in offices and labs across the country, veterans are an essential part of the solar industry, and hold great potential to meet growing demand for talent.

The Solar Ready Vets Network  builds capacity for the solar industry to recruit and retain military talent. While our program does not currently offer direct job placement services, we lead several initiatives to bridge gaps and share resources for employers to increase representation of military talent at all levels of the workforce.

Host a Solar Ready Vets Fellow

Qualified service members are placed with employers for on-the-job training for a smooth transition from active duty to leadership roles in solar.
Learn more here

Launch a Training Partnership

Workforce Development partnerships are designed to improve training and hiring outcomes at local/regional scales.

Please email our team to learn more. 

Participate in a Solar Career Fair

We’re planning virtual career fairs for April and September 2021. 

Join the SRV Network to for more information on upcoming events.

Across leadership and practical experience, efficiency, teamwork and training, veteran candidates stand out.  Read more  from Veteran’s Employment about the business case for investing in military talent.

HIRE VETERANS

These resources are provided as a starting point for employers to define and implement a strategy to hire (and retain!) military talent. As a first step, we encourage all solar employers to connect with the public workforce development system, particularly state and local workforce boards and American Job Centers. This helps to improve visibility and awareness of solar opportunities.

The Workforce Development System serves as an intermediary in connecting supply (talent) with demand (business and industry), through assistance with career pathways, hiring and recruitment, sector partnerships, and training. Many job centers have veteran services representatives who focus on connecting veterans to employment opportunities.

For an in-depth review of how solar employers can benefit from engaging the workforce development system, please see the Solar Training Network’s Workforce Development Toolkit.

✔ Post your open positions to the National Labor Exchange:

 The National Labor Exchange (NLx) collects and distributes quality, vetted job openings to state workforce agencies and veterans representatives. The NLx aims to provide a comprehensive collection of online job openings in order to accurately represent the labor market and best serve the nation’s diverse workforce.

✔ Post your open positions to military job boards:

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✔ Post “Veteran friendly” job descriptions and understand military experience 

Make your job descriptions veteran-friendly with these best practices.  Review the do’s and don’ts of interviewing veterans.

Many veterans have specific skills that translate well to a solar career. As an employer, it is helpful to understand a military resume: check out the Civilian-to-Military Occupation Translator as a first step. The O*Net Crosswalk is another useful tool to determine how a particular military specialty might translate. Read more here about the importance of understanding military experience. 

✔ Engage Veteran Training and Job Placement Services

Depending on the training and hiring needs of your company, there are several opportunities to engage veterans organizations. These are a few organizations that offer job placement, career counseling, and training services for veterans.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

US Department of Labor

Employer Guide to Hiring Veterans 

Employers recognize the value veterans bring to the workplace but often find it challenging to connect with transitioning service members and veterans seeking employment. Veterans are in high demand so it requires dedicated efforts by employers to find and hire veterans.

The guide intends to:

• Provide accurate information about service member and veteran demographics;

• Share federal, state and other resources for employers to facilitate veteran employment; and

• Make recommendations on how to attract, train, and retain veterans.

HIREVets Medallion 

The HireVets Medallion recognizes employers that recruit and retain veterans.

Employer Roadmap

Hiring Veterans and Military Spouses: A Workbook for Employers

“Companies often say that their most valuable asset is their people. Well, veterans and reservists are people of the highest caliber. But how to go about hiring them? Read through this workbook, get to know them a little better, learn about how you can go about finding them, then add them to your team and support them.”

More from Employer Roadmap:

Value of a Veteran

Value of a Veteran

specialize in advising a non-military audience on developing veteran hiring business case, military -to-civilian skills translation and evaluation, veteran talent pipeline development, and more. Check out free webinars, and a guide to developing a veteran recruiting program

Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Employment Research Briefs:

The Business Case for Hiring a Veteran: A Strategy for Cultivating Competitive Advantage

Work After Service: Developing Workforce Readiness and Veteran Talent for the Future

See all publications here.

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