We Can Train You How To Hire Veterans!

MILITARY HIRING 101 WORKSHOP

Professionals today, across virtually every industry, will attest to the power of quality training. Quality training that keeps professionals up to date in their skill areas helps companies and organizations achieve their mission but it also has the power to help professionals to reach their career-track goals and expectations. Within the world of recruiting and human resources professionals today have a lot to juggle. Finding high quality talent is one of those things that recruiting specialists put at the top of their list. Finding, attracting, hiring and retaining top talent can make a recruiting specialist a “hero” in their organization.

Today’s veterans represent the highest caliber workforce our nation has ever produced. If you are looking to build a strong veteran workforce in your company or organization Forward March, Inc. stands ready to assist. The Forward March Inc. team can bring high quality training to help recruiters learn how to find, attract, hire and retain high quality military talent through our Military Hiring 101 Workshop. This training is very powerful and the Forward March Training Team stands ready to deliver this training to you. We can do custom training for your organization on your location and within your time frame. Check out our website to learn more. http://www.forwardmarchinc.com/mil101.html

Weekend With Fred Astaire Dance Studios

This weekend Forward March Inc. was proud to be part of the Annual Fred Astarie Dance Studio Conference. Our team had the opportunity to conduct some powerful training during the conference.

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Paul Volpe, President of FMI, delivered powerful and motivating training at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios annual conference. Did you miss out? Call us today and we can arrange to get this training, and much more, into your organization.

FMI works with an array of business of all sizes to do a wide variety of training.
Our training has helped businesses with:

  • Recruiting and Hiring
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Business Operations
  • Motivation and Teamwork Collaboration

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Our director of Strategic Outreach Richard Abarams mans the FMI FOB at the event. IMG_0372

The rich tradition of “coining” continues.

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The official FMI coin!

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FMI training included a “Shark Tank” style training session that gave Fred Astaire Studio personnel at every level the chance to learn how they can market their studio and get their brand and studios out in front of even more customers.IMG_0392

We guarantee that FMI training is NEVER boring. Chances are you have never experienced training services with a military flair, and certainly not the way we do them. Our customers are always very pleased with the training we deliver and adopt it into their organizations.

Contact FMI today to see what kind of training we can do for your organization!

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The Secret to Making Energy Companies Great – Talent

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Energy, arguably it’s the most important element of any civilization’s infrastructure. Energy companies today are booming, from the traditional oil and gas companies to the clean energy companies using wind and solar technology. While there has been a downturn in the crude oil markets other energy companies are fairing very well.

According to the latest “Electric Power Monthly” report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which includes data through the end of 2014, some 13.91% of electricity generation in the U.S. last year was from renewable sources. (read source here)

New funds for wind, solar, biofuels and other low-carbon energy technologies gained 16 percent to $310 billion last year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It was the first growth since 2011, erasing the impact of lower solar-panel prices and falling subsides in the U.S. and Europe that hurt the industry in previous years. (read source here)

Industry officials and analysts forecast a continued boom in U.S. solar markets over the near term, with a projected 31 percent growth target for 2015. The growth will be fueled by falling costs for solar panels and modules, business model innovation that allows for more flexibility in ownership, favorable political and regulatory environments, and increased access to low-cost capital. (read source here) 

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While there are a wide variety of technologies that drive energy production the fact every energy company must face is that the quality of their products, services and overall success is directly tied to the caliber of their employees. Great employees make great companies. Energy companies all over the world have learned that hiring top talent makes a huge difference.

Top talent for energy companies cannot be found just anywhere. If it could then being a company recruiter would be an easy job that anyone could do. Those who are involved in recruiting today know otherwise, they are always on the lookout for those “pools” of talent that they can draw from for their companies or for their clients. Successful Energy companies across the United States have found that hiring top military talent helps them meet their corporate mission objectives.

Additional Reading:  Leveraging Veteran Talent: The Opportunity for the Clean Energy Industry 

Energy companies today are looking for veteran skills such as good communication, self management, self motivation, the ability to organize or be a part of a team solution and problem solving skills… just to name a few. Former military personnel typically have the skills and work ethics that energy companies want and need.

Clean Energy companies, like their traditional energy counterparts, leverage the skills, talent and experiences of about a quarter million military personnel who transition annually from military to civilian service. Energy companies benefit also from the inherent resourcefulness and experience of just over one million members of the National Guard and Reserve. These service members are engaged in their civilian careers at the same time they serve in the military.

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Cutting edge energy companies as well as other companies who are employing renewable energy recognize the value of top military talent. Tesla is aggressively recruiting military veterans for the production of their cutting edge electric car line. Tesla is by no means an anomaly when it comes to employing top military talent for mission success, companies such as First Solar have been named Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs Magazine. Currently the energy companies listed on militaryfriendly.com are

  • American Electric Power
  • Arizona Public Service
  • Baker Hughes, Inc.
  • Berkshire Hathaway Energy
  • BP America, Inc.
  • Chesapeake Energy Corporation
  • Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Devon Energy Corporation
  • Dominion Resources, Inc.
  • Exelon Corporation
  • Fugro (USA)
  • Halliburton
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Patterson-UTI Drilling Company, LLC
  • PPL
  • Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
  • Shell
  • Southern Company

Additional Reading: How one company is using top military talent in the clean energy industry.

The Department of Energy announced training for companies which will start them down the road to hiring military talent. DOE Announces Webinars on Hiring Veterans for Solar Energy Jobs, Tribal Energy Development Best Practices, and More.  While programs like this are very good many organizations struggle with implementing a solid military hiring strategy. This is what separates those companies who make the Military Friendly and G.I. Jobs list from the rest of the industry. Military hiring strategies can help your organization focus on the right talent, at the right time for the right job. Read more on how to develop a military hiring strategy here… 

If your company or organization is serious about employing top talent and achieving mission success Forward March Inc. (FMI) has your solution. There are lots of options when looking to an outside organization to assist with your recruiting needs but at the end of the day cost and the quality of your job candidates are most likely your top concerns. FMI makes your job of recruiting easier through a variety of services and scalable solutions we can bring to your organization.

We have the solution. Forward March Inc. (FMI) has over 35 years of collective experience helping employers and veterans connect. Our understanding of military skills translation is second-to-none. We not only understand the military branches and their skills we can help train your HR team to this as well. We have written a Military Hiring Guide that can guide your team step-by-step through the understanding of military skills and rank to finding the right military talent for your various positions you are seeking to fill.

FMI was founded to deal with the very issues we are discussing in this article. We are a company of veterans helping veterans to actually get real and meaningful careers as opposed to just throwing their resumes at potential “jobs”. We never charge a veteran and we are deeply committed to veteran retention, because its not good enough to commit to hiring a veteran, companies need to learn how to retain them. Our customized and scalable solutions can help any company or organization of any size start finding, attracting, and hiring veterans very quickly.

FMI knows EXACTLY where to find your military talent. We understand the skills translation and we have a wealth of resources for helping you to get the positions you are hiring for right in front of both veterans and transitioning military personnel.

The reason our solution is different is because we focus on strategy. A company can come to us and use our services as their one-stop-shop for finding, screening, and hiring of high quality military talent. We can also train HR teams and individuals on how to find, attract, hire and retain military talent. Companies who use both solutions very quickly begin their military hiring program and enjoy the benefit of learning how to do what we do in the process. FMI can also help your company with strategies and solutions for retaining the veterans you hire.

FMI is different because we don’t leave the solution at pipeline services and training. We also train and help build internal strategies and solutions to create a vibrant veteran culture in your company. This helps with retention and also feeds new veteran talent into your pipeline from your most trusted source, your veteran employees.

Support our troops! Give us a call today and get started on your veteran hiring strategy. Together we can change the lives of veterans, help your organization reap the rewards of hiring veterans and bring down the veteran and overall unemployment rates.

FMI is committed to our customers. We know that making the decision to hire veterans can be intimidating. Contact us for a no pressure conversation on how we can help. We can get you started hiring veterans immediately and do it at a cost you can afford!


Are you a Veteran or are you Transitioning out of the military? Check out the links below to start your new career in the energy industry.

Energy Companies Hiring Veterans.

NextEra Energy http://www.nexteraenergy.com/careers/military.shtml

Troops To Energy Jobs   http://www.troopstoenergyjobs.com/

Veterans To Energy   http://www.veteranstoenergy.org/

GE Energy Jobs for Veterans   http://www.ge.com/careers/culture/us-veterans

Top Veteran Employers   http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/job-hunting/top-35-veteran-employers.html

Southern Company Veteran Jobs   http://www.southerncompany.com/about-us/careers/military/military-veterans.cshtml

Alliant Energy   http://www.alliantenergy.com/Careers/RecruitingandCareerPrograms/MilitaryVeterans/

ConocoPhillips Jobs for Veterans   http://careers.conocophillips.com/en/us-military

Chesapeake Energy Hires Veterans   http://www.chk.com/careers/our-team

Devon Energy http://www.devonenergy.com/careers/military-recruiting

Clean Energy Job Training

Training Veterans for Careers in Clean Energy   http://energy.gov/articles/training-veterans-careers-clean-energy

DOE Announces Webinars on Hiring Veterans for Solar Energy Jobs, Tribal Energy Development Best Practices, and More   http://energy.gov/eere/articles/doe-announces-webinars-hiring-veterans-solar-energy-jobs-tribal-energy-development

The Weekly Roundup – Careers, Education and More! – 13 March 15

What an Outstanding Week!!!! Hooah!

OPPORTUNITY

Job Searching?

You can do a search of this blog and find lots of resources for helping with resumes, networking, managing your communications and job interviewing. There is more on the HERE on our website.

Networking is a powerful tool to help you get the job you want. Check out THIS site for a list of Veteran Owned Businesses in San Antonio. Not in San Antonio? No problem, less than five minutes on Google will help you find such lists in your area, or the areas you want to locate yourself to for employment. Veteran owned businesses are often apt to hire veterans and great places to make strong networking connections.

If you are looking for companies looking to hire veterans here is another resource. We Hire Heroes. You can utilize resources like this in your job search but do read our posts on networking, working on your resume, etc. These posts will give you a roadmap to getting the kind of job you want, where you want it.

Make sure you read the whole post, we have JOB POSTS for those of you looking for a new career.

Veteran’s Village and San Antonio Military Job Fair – Thursday March 19th 2015 – click here for more info


JOB OPENING:

Looking for a military veteran who is a graphic artist that knows or is willing to learn autocad.

You can Email your Resume to Emma  – Send Email


JOB OPENING:

Full or Part Time- Government Employee Benefits Specialist

Financial Group is interested in Active and Retired Government Employees across the country to become part of its team of Government Employee Benefit Specialists.

Compliment your existing career through supplemental income by providing support and benefit services to individuals struggling to understand the complex nature of the government benefit structure.

By partnering with our Financial Group’s expert benefit counselors, you will be equipped to review, diagnose, and resolve issues within the government benefit structure.

You will receive: Licensing, training, and the support of a company rated excellent by A.M. Best with over #1.3 billion in assets.

Job Requirements

  • Actively employed federal, postal, or military personnel
  • As a Government Benefits Specialist, you must have strong organizational and time management skills as well as exceptional interpersonal communication abilities.
  • We are seeking individuals with a willingness to work hard and are able to commit themselves to the success of this business opportunity
  • Must be able to convey routine and complex information to customers in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner.
  • Ability to exercise superior judgment with regard to confidential information
  • Requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, must be flexible and have a strong multitask ability.
  • Life insurance license is preferred but not required.

You can Email your Resume to Emma  – Send Email


Drivers Wanted!

We have positions available for drivers/truck drivers.

Contact Emma at Forward March Inc. today if you are interested.  – Send Email
Delivery Driver San Antonio, Austin, Victoria and Temple (Sign On Bonus Available)
Shuttle DriverLaredo and Temple (Sign On Bonus Available)
Recruit Military also has a nice list of veteran job fairs which you can find here… 

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Here is something I bet you did not know. Some military personnel who have transitioned out of the military have taken a fast-track training program at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. In just a few months (that’s right MONTHS) they have gone from knowing little-to-nothing about dance to being actual dance instructors. In a VERY short amount of time they moved up to managing, owning a franchise and now to being among the top producing studios in the company. What we have found at Forward March Inc. is that military personnel are especially suited not only for the training and becoming instructors themselves, but becoming highly successful in the company.  Forward March Inc. has an outstanding relationship with our customer Fred Astarie Dance Studios. You owe it to yourself to check out our previous post to learn more about the outstanding opportunities for employment and even franchise ownership with them.

Instructor/Trainer

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY We are looking for high-energy individuals who enjoy personal training and working in the fitness industry for positions in our company. This career includes paid travel and a schedule where most of your mornings are free. All of our training and certificates will be paid by the company. You can continue your career into management and ownership with franchise opportunities. These instructor/trainer positions can earn up to $75,000 per year.

Management

Do you have strong leadership and management skills and training? You will need to be able to lead small teams of 5 to 7 instructors/trainers on a daily schedule. You will also need to be able to present packages to clients and enroll them into our programs. Career advancement is available. You can also further your career through franchise opportunities. Income potential can be up to $100,000.

Franchise/Ownership

Would you like to be your own boss? Are you looking for real opportunities that present long term careers and financial freedom? Come and join the ranks of those who work for themselves. Join this franchise system and start living your dream. This franchise started in 1947 and has been one of the top franchise systems in the country since. We will train you in how to run the day to day operations to how to become a multi unit owner and build your legacy.

Currently we are looking for Instructors, Managers, Assistant Managers and more. Contact Emma at Forward March Inc. today to learn more!!!!  – Send Email

Learn about the great work Forward March Inc. is doing with Fred Astaire Dance Studios through Dancing With Our Heroes. To date we have worked together to raise over $300,000.00 for The Fisher House Foundation and the USO.  


Job Search Resources

Veterans who want to join the SBA and start down the track of entrepreneurship should check out the latest article on the San Antonio Business Journal site. The SBA is extending their fee waiver program for veterans through 2015!

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Veterans and transitioning military interested in starting their own business should also check out the San Antonio Small Business Development Center at UTSA. This program offers a number of benefits including special veterans assistance.


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

Why You Need a Military Talent Pipeline

Forward March Inc Military Talent Pipeline Services - Affordable, Customized, Scalable

Forward March Inc Military Talent Pipeline Services – Affordable, Customized, Scalable

America’s military is the most educated, best trained, and highly motivated fighting force the world has ever seen. Those men and women transitioning from the military are a great national resource who can make a huge difference to any organization that has dedicated itself to hiring outstanding military veterans.

At Forward March Incorporated, we understand the true value of those who have served and we are dedicated to teaching companies how to attract, hire, and retain high quality veteran employees. While we are not a staffing company, one of the many ways we accomplish this is through military pipeline development.

FMI works with companies and organizations of every size, providing military talent pipeline services that are scalable to insure mission success on time and within budget. 

So what’s the difference between staffing and a talent pipeline?

Staffing is the process of recruiting and hiring personnel with a specific set of skill sets, for a specific position within an organization. Doing this requires a dedicated team of recruiters and hiring managers who understand the exact and immediate hiring needs of the company.

For the most part, organizations do a good job of filling positions as new requirements open up, but forecasting staffing requirements proves far more difficult. It’s not always clear what future staffing requirements will be down the road. Predicting future staffing requirements requires forward thinking on behalf of hiring managers. They must account for turnover, promotions, expansions, reductions, and a myriad of other factors that impact staffing needs.

Talent pipeline, on the other hand, provides companies with a pool of qualified candidates ready to fill critical positions as they become available. A robust talent pipeline ensures the right person is placed in the right position at the right time.

Utilizing a talent pipeline is a great way for organizations to adapt to changing staff needs. A talent pipeline allows recruiters to focus on the here and now, while giving hiring managers the peace of mind knowing that the candidate pool can be turned off and on as personnel needs evolve.

We are a company of veterans helping veterans. Unlike other companies FMI NEVER charges a veteran for our services. 

FMI’s unique approach to a military talent pipeline allows us to continuously sell your organization as a great place for veterans to work. Most important of all, FMI is committed to providing our talent services free of charge to the veteran work force. Regardless of your manpower needs, let FMI fill your organization with hard working, loyal, and well trained American veterans.

FMI can meet your talent needs from unskilled labor to highly skilled and technical positions. We have provided military talent solutions that included:

  • IT (information technology) Positions
  • Medical (clinical positions – physicians, physician’s assistants (PAs))
  • Petrolium truck drivers / truck drivers
  • Mechanical Engineering supervisors
  • Project Support Administrators
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Project Engineers
  • Welders
  • Instrument Technicians for Oilfield work
  • Refinery Operations Schedulers
  • Engineers
  • Associate Project Engineers
  • Machinists
  • Dance Instructors
  • Dance Studio Managers & Assistant Managers
  • Unskilled Labor Positions

To learn more visit our website and contact us today! www.forwardmarchinc.com 

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

Jobs, Opportunities, and More – The Weekly Roundup – 6 February 2015

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Hope everyone had nothing short of an outstanding week! Its time once again for the FMI Weekly Roundup.

Here are some informative articles to help your job search:

If you are thinking about starting your own Veteran Owned business then you should check out this article from the San Antonio Business Journal on a possible way to fund your business. Read the article here…

Also check out The Bunker for more Veteran entrepreneurial resources. Read more here...

2014: Tesla Motors on a mission to hire American veterans – Read the article here…

Starbucks Opens Local Coffee Shop Dedicated to Hiring Veterans – Read the article here…

If you are looking for companies looking to hire veterans here is another resource. We Hire Heroes. You can utilize resources like this in your job search but do read our posts on networking, working on your resume, etc. These posts will give you a roadmap to getting the kind of job you want, where you want it.

Make sure you read the whole post, we have JOB POSTS for those of you looking for a new career.


JOB OPENING:

Looking for a military veteran who is a graphic artist that knows or is willing to learn autocad.

You can Email your Resume to Emma  – Send Email


JOB OPENING:

Full or Part Time- Government Employee Benefits Specialist

Financial Group is interested in Active and Retired Government Employees across the country to become part of its team of Government Employee Benefit Specialists.

Compliment your existing career through supplemental income by providing support and benefit services to individuals struggling to understand the complex nature of the government benefit structure.

By partnering with our Financial Group’s expert benefit counselors, you will be equipped to review, diagnose, and resolve issues within the government benefit structure.

You will receive: Licensing, training, and the support of a company rated excellent by A.M. Best with over #1.3 billion in assets.

Job Requirements

  • Actively employed federal, postal, or military personnel
  • As a Government Benefits Specialist, you must have strong organizational and time management skills as well as exceptional interpersonal communication abilities.
  • We are seeking individuals with a willingness to work hard and are able to commit themselves to the success of this business opportunity
  • Must be able to convey routine and complex information to customers in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner.
  • Ability to exercise superior judgment with regard to confidential information
  • Requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, must be flexible and have a strong multitask ability.
  • Life insurance license is preferred but not required.

You can Email your Resume to Emma  – Send Email


We have positions available for drivers/truck drivers.

Contact Emma at Forward March Inc. today if you are interested.  – Send Email
Delivery Driver San Antonio, Austin, Victoria and Temple (Sign On Bonus Available)
Shuttle DriverLaredo and Temple (Sign On Bonus Available)
Recruit Military also has a nice list of veteran job fairs which you can find here… 

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Here is something I bet you did not know. Some military personnel who have transitioned out of the military have taken a fast-track training program at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. In just a few months (that’s right MONTHS) they have gone from knowing little-to-nothing about dance to being actual dance instructors. In a VERY short amount of time they moved up to managing, owning a franchise and now to being among the top producing studios in the company. What we have found at Forward March Inc. is that military personnel are especially suited not only for the training and becoming instructors themselves, but becoming highly successful in the company.  Forward March Inc. has an outstanding relationship with our customer Fred Astarie Dance Studios. You owe it to yourself to check out our previous post to learn more about the outstanding opportunities for employment and even franchise ownership with them.

Instructor/Trainer

We are looking for high-energy individuals who enjoy personal training and working in the fitness industry for positions in our company. This career includes paid travel and a schedule where most of your mornings are free. All of our training and certificates will be paid by the company. You can continue your career into management and ownership with franchise opportunities. These instructor/trainer positions can earn up to $75,000 per year.

Management

Do you have strong leadership and management skills and training? You will need to be able to lead small teams of 5 to 7 instructors/trainers on a daily schedule. You will also need to be able to present packages to clients and enroll them into our programs. Career advancement is available. You can also further your career through franchise opportunities. Income potential can be up to $100,000.

Franchise/Ownership

Would you like to be your own boss? Are you looking for real opportunities that present long term careers and financial freedom? Come and join the ranks of those who work for themselves. Join this franchise system and start living your dream. This franchise started in 1947 and has been one of the top franchise systems in the country since. We will train you in how to run the day to day operations to how to become a multi unit owner and build your legacy.

Currently we are looking for Instructors, Managers, Assistant Managers and more. Contact Emma at Forward March Inc. today to learn more!!!!  – Send Email

Learn about the great work Forward March Inc. is doing with Fred Astaire Dance Studios through Dancing With Our Heroes. To date we have worked together to raise over $300,000.00 for The Fisher House Foundation and the USO.  


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For veterans who want to learn a new skill, or expand on a skill-set should check out the fine folks over at Workforce Solutions Alamo and Alamo Colleges are collaborating to offer short-term skills development programs in the areas of Information Technology, the Manufacturing Industry and Aerospace. Learn more here. 

Veterans who want to join the SBA and start down the track of entrepreneurship should check out the latest article on the San Antonio Business Journal site. The SBA is extending their fee waiver program for veterans through 2015!

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Veterans and transitioning military interested in starting their own business should also check out the San Antonio Small Business Development Center at UTSA. This program offers a number of benefits including special veterans assistance.


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

Moving Forward with Forward March Inc.

Yesterday’s Military Hiring 101 Workshop and the Hawaiian Mixer were a success despite the threat of very cold (by San Antonio standards) weather moving in. Those who attended our Military Hiring 101 Workshop left with everything they need to form a solid veteran hiring strategy for their company or organization.

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Of course after all that training people can work up an appetite so its a good thing we have Chef Richard, our resident chef, to make sure we are all well fed and in good spirits.

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Forward March Inc. can make your veteran hiring plan a reality by giving you all the information, processes and tools you need to create a robust military talent pipeline for your company or organization. We can bring the Military Hiring 101 workshop to you and customize it for your company needs. We also have a Military Hiring Guide which we customize for our customers to give them an incredibly valuable resource for hiring military talent.

Contact Forward March Inc. today to see what we can do for you!

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