Forward March Inc. Ribbon Cutting with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

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First things first, we would like to thank everyone who came to our ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday. Special thanks goes out to the to the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the outstanding Chamber Ambassadors! Thank you to all of you who share our vision of helping veterans and making San Antonio the model for military hiring and military transition!

In the life of any business there are days that mark significant milestones. When we became a member of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce we knew we would want to do an official ribbon cutting ceremony at our new offices. Yesterday the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce sent out their ambassadors to the Forward March Inc. worldwide headquarters and helped us have a very successful ribbon cutting event. The weather was perfect. The opportunity for us to share this important event is very important to us. Below are some highlights of the event. Be sure to head over to our Facebook page for a LOT more pictures.

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FMI World Headquarters and our FMI Hummer await the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Ahhhh the sweet smell of success.

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The Chamber Ambassadors have arrived

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Its January 29th, mid 70s and just perfect weather. You have to love winter in San Antonio Texas!

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Its official now!

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Team FMI! We are veterans helping veterans. Thank you San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for making this day special!

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RED FRIDAY COPTERS

Its Friday again, so break out those red shirts! R.E.D. Friday is here so remember everyone deployed!

Learn more about RED Fridays:

http://redshirtfridays.org/  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Support_our_troops

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Our-Troops-Wear-Red-Fridays/188809874489323

Join Forward March Inc. Today for Our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

ribbon cutting ceremonyToday is the big day. Come out and join us! Need a map and directions? Go here…

Stay tuned for event highlights and pics.

Military Spouses, Gems of the Job Market

Our nation has made great strides in closing the veteran unemployment gap. Veteran unemployment continues to fall as more and more companies across the country are “hiring our Hero’s”, but that is only half the battle. The better half of the equation, and all too often forgotten, is the military spouse.picjumbo.com_IMG_0742

According to a recent study conducted by the Military Officers Association of America andSyracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, 90% of female military spouses are underemployed or overqualified for the jobs they hold. Often times, military spouses sacrifice their own careers and continuing education to support their significant other. This involves frequent relocations, being “single parents” during numerous deployments, and routinely starting over in new houses, schools, and communities.

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Although military spouses do not wear the uniform, they possess many skills today’s employers are looking for. Just as the service member, the military spouse is flexible; adaptive to change; conscious of cultural and regional differences; and are focused on getting the job done. They are a resilient and dedicated group that will add value to any organization.

file0001223708026When considering a military spouse hiring strategy:

  • Do not be afraid to hire military spouses.
  • Learn more about military culture as it applies to the military spouse.
  • Reach out to the veteran population and their spouses simultaneously.
  • Understand the sacrifices they have made in their own careers to support their service member and our nation.
  • Capitalize on their ability to operate in diverse settings.
  • Take advantage of their ability to adapt easily to change.
  • Leverage their capacity to work successfully in a high stress environment.
  • Do not hold the fact they change jobs every two or three years against them. Military service require spouses to relocate often.
  • Do not think that younger military spouses are unskilled. It takes a great deal of planning and execution to keep a military household running.

While military spouse selflessly serve our nation behind the scenes, their contributions are no less important than the warfighter. It takes a team to accomplish a military operation and it takes a team to keep a military family going while that mission is being carried out.

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Forward March, Inc. can assist your organization in developing an exceptional veteran hiring strategy to include attracting, hiring, and retaining military spouses. With over 110 years of combined military experience, FMI has had proven success finding the right military talent, at the right time, for the right job.

~ Article written by Jason Caswell, Forward March Inc – Director of Training and Talent Pipeline Services

Retaining Top Military and Veteran Talent

Retaining Top Military and Veteran Talent

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Finding the right veteran talent requires a solid military talent recruiting strategy with an executable and measurable plan. Interviewing veteran and military talent requires a certain level of expertise in military skills translations, understanding military lingo, and even interpreting the DD 214. The bottom line is this; finding the right military talent for the right position requires hundreds of man-hours in the recruiting, screening, interviewing, and hiring process.  Unfortunately, all that time and energy is lost when retention rates are low.

Here are some key takeaways for an effective veteran retention strategy.

Onboarding:

Effective onboarding allows new hires to get adjusted to the culture of the company and understand performance aspects of their job quickly and easily. It allows them to learn the attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to function effectively within your organization.  Effective onboarding includes:

  • Giving the veteran a written plan of objectives and responsibilities. Within the military culture, this is an expectation.
  • Conducting formal orientations.
  • Introducing the new employee to the team. Veterans need to feel like they belong to the team.
  • Assigning a veteran mentor to capitalize on the brother and sisterhood that exists within the military profession.
  • Indoctrinating the veteran into the company’s culture, mission, and values.
  • Addressing questions or concerns immediately.
  • Being aware of physical limitations, should they exist.
  • Motivating veterans by giving them purpose and direction.

meetingVeteran Resource Group:

A great way to support your veteran employees is to create a veteran employee resource group. The purpose of the veteran employee resource group is to share knowledge across the organization in every aspect of recruiting, hiring, retaining and recognizing the veteran population. Here are ways the veteran resource group can help:

  • Assist in developing veteran hiring strategies.
  • Recognize veteran employees during company events.
  • Coordinating observations of Veterans Day, Memorial Day activities, and service birthdays.
  • Providing assistance, through care packages, phone cards, letter writing and all other means of support, to those currently deployed.
  • Support current National Guard and Reserve members.
  • Mentor veterans who recently left the service.
  • Generating support for veteran hospitals and homeless shelters.
  • Develop organizational partnerships with veteran service organizations.
  • Provide moral and psychological support for your veteran employees as needed.
  • Involve the veteran’s family.

national guard and reservesSupport Guard and Reserve Members:

First and foremost, being a member of the National Guard or Reserve should not be a hiring deterrent. Second, the best way your organization can support your country is by supporting your National Guard and Reserve employees. It’s important to foster a culture in which your company supports and values the employment and military service of members of the Reserve Component.

It is not only the right thing to do to support guard and reserve military personnel, it’s also the law! Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), employers have specific obligations to support their Reserve Component members.

  • The law guarantees the right to take time off from work to meet your military responsibilities during weekend drills and annual training.
  • A military member who leaves a civilian job for voluntary or involuntary service for extended periods of time is entitled to reemployment in the civilian job (with accrued seniority) if he or she meets certain criteria.
  • Discrimination in hiring is unlawful. It is also unlawful to fire someone for being in the National Guard or Reserve, or to discriminate with respect to promotions or other benefits of employment.
  • It is unlawful for you to make the employee use vacation time while in the performance of military duty.
  • You are not required to pay an individual for time not worked due to service, although many organizations do.

Communication is the key to a lasting partnership between the service member, your company, and the military unit. Here are others ways to help your current guard and reserve employees:

  • Learn more about the role of the National Guard and Reserve. Attend open houses and public functions at local military units. Talk about the National Guard and Reserve with military and civilian leaders in your community.
  • Get to know your employees’ military commanders and supervisors. Ask them to provide you with advance notice of their annual military duty schedule.
  • Provide the service member the time and flexibility to perform his or her military duties.
  • Put your support in writing by signing a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve. Publicly show your support and appreciation for all those who serve.

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Military veterans are a loyal, hard-working, and well trained group of individuals that will enhance an organization’s ability to accomplish its mission. But loyalty only goes so far and veterans will stay with your company if you give them a reason to stay by keeping them busy, giving them focus, and above all, purpose.

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Employees turn-over is expensive, but Forward March Inc., has the solution for keeping veteran employees engaged. Companies with strong veteran cultures enjoy many benefits to include greater productivity and professionalism as well as higher referral rates. We can help your organization develop a very strong veteran culture with both new and existing veteran employees. If your organization is up to the challenge, FMI has your back!

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~ Article written by Jason Caswell, Forward March Inc – Director of Training and Talent Pipeline Services

Forward March Inc. Ribbon Cutting Event!

ribbon cutting ceremonyCome and join Forward March Inc. and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for our official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! Meet the senior staff of FMI and mix/network with attendees. Light lunch will be served.

Please RSVP by C.O.B. Tuesday the 27th with Emma Lopez – Send Email

Feel free to contact us for any questions. 

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Make Military Transition a Financial Success!

troops and sealsIf you are transitioning out of the military and into civilian life, or if you are going to be doing so in the near future, you should start to take proactive steps to get your financial plan made. Many transitioning military personnel echo the same sentiments that are found in the general civilian population when it comes to personal financial management. Many find it a daunting task, confusing or worse they feel that it is something that they can do later.

The fact is that no matter how much income you make you cannot manage it if you do not monitor it. The sooner that someone sits down and analyzes their financial situation and takes concrete steps to design a budget and make solid financial plans the better. This applies to the single transitioner as much as the military family who has mom and/or dad transitioning to the civilian world.

Nerdwallet posted a nice little article that can help you get your financial planning started. You can read it here…

If you want to get some help and really do your financial planning right there are a variety of online tools and courses you can take. Right now Goodwill is promoting a “Tools for Financial Success” class that is FREE. Check out the information below to learn more.

Tools for Financial Success

WHEN – Thursday, January 22, 2015 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE – Veterans Assistance Center Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road

WHY – Learn how to avoid financial pitfalls during your transition.

  •   What’s next for your finances after military separation or retirement?
  •   Are you still on the fence about what to do with your TSP?
  •   Do you need Life Insurance? What type and do you know where to get it?
  •   What can you do to get your budget back on track?
  •   What does your rainy day fund look like?
  •   Can your current credit report get you a loan? How can you find out?
  •   How often should you monitor your credit score?
  •   What are the differences between a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA, and

    what are the tax implications of each?

    RSVP required. Seating is limited to first 35 enrollments.

  • Call today! 210-924-8581 x5907

Forward March Inc. Strategic Business Solutions

Is your business model firing on all eight cylinders?

Do you see areas where you know there needs to be improvement but are not sure how to get there?

Forward March Inc. can help you navigate even the most difficult business terrain. 

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Forward March Inc. can create custom solutions and training programs that can help you to have a more productive, motivated, and focused staff based on a proven military leadership model and a systematic, building block approach to organizational success. FMI can assist your organization in a variety of strategic business solutions:

• Analysis
• Efficiency
• Sales
• Communication
• Process Strategy
• Training Change
• Marketing
• Customer Service

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Recently we conducted sales force training for Design Materials Inc. (DMI). In order to create a customized training program to increase their sales we analyzed, in detail, their operations. We then presented the areas of concern and created a customized training program that would address their specific needs. The custom program that we developed included:

  • Business analysis
  • Employee survey
  • Employee training
  • Practical exercises for employees
  • Follow-ups
  • Certificate of completion

Forward March Inc. has also conducted training for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, VTG, and many other companies. Forward March Inc. stands ready to provide outstanding Strategic Business Solutions for your company or organization. Contact us today to learn more.

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