High Quality Military Talent – Forward March Inc. Has What You Need!

macbook-air-all-faded-and-stuffIf you are looking for high quality talent for your company or organization then give Forward March Inc. a call today. We help companies and organizations every day find, attract, hire and retain high quality military talent. What you may not know however is that we also have veterans ready to go to work for you immediately. Forward March Inc. receives input and then pre-screens veterans daily who are looking for a veteran friendly company to start a career with. No matter your skill or education requirements for your position we can help you.

We specialize in finding high quality military talent in the following areas, just to name a few:

  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Construction
  • Driving (CDL)
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical (including clinical)
  • Sales
  • Recruiting
  • State and Government Contract Positions
  • Unskilled Labor


file0001223708026If you are a veteran of the United States Military or are transitioning out of the Military make sure to contact Forward March Inc. as part of your employment track.

Go here to fill out our employment information form and an FMI representative will contact you soon. If we do not have an open position with one of our customers we will work to find another company to try to place veterans with.

If you are a transitioning military person or a veteran be sure to check out our Tools and Resources page to learn more of what you can do to find and land that great career you are looking for.

Forward March Inc. also published a series of articles that will help you in preparing for your career by giving some valuable information on resumes, interviewing and social media networking. You can read those here:

Employment Preparation 

Social Media Networking 

Resume and Interview Tips 


FMI Community Outreach LogoForward March Inc. has an official non-profit 501c3 part of our organization known as Forward March Inc. Operation Outreach. Under our Operation Outreach we have a variety of programs.

  • Professional Womens Veterans Coalition (PWVC)
  • Maui Warrior Appreciation Weekend
  • Dancing with Our Heroes

If you would like to be involved in any of our programs or would like to contribute in any way please Check out our page here…

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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

January 16th Weekly Roundup – JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!

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Its R.E.D. Friday so lets not forget that our country still has heroes far from home today. Learn more here…


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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.


If you are looking for a new career in the energy field then check out the jobs we have posted HERE.

  1. Transport Driver- Watford City, ND –
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  2. Supervisor Mechanical Engineering – Anacortes, WA – Click for more information…
  3. Project Support Administrator – Kenai, AK – 
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  4. Manager Project Engineering – Salt Lake City, UT – 
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  5. Welder – Mandan, ND
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  6. Instrument Technician – Mandan, ND
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  7. Operator – Mandan, ND
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  8. Administrative Assistant – Mandan, ND
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  9. Refinery Operations Scheduler – Salt Lake City, UTClick for more information…
  10. Associate Project Engineer – Multiple Locations
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  11. Machinist – Mandan, ND
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Forward March Inc. is working with a veteran owned small business in San Antonio who is in need of labor force positions. These positions are ideal for anyone who wants to work immediately for a solid veteran owned company that provides quick upward mobility (based on performance) as well as job growth. Ideal candidates will have the appropriate physical requirements to do this kind of work and enjoy working outdoors.

Water Meter Digger – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…

Field Manager – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…

Meter Installation Technician – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…


Come Meet Us at these Events!

January 27, 2014 – CPS Energy 3rd Annual BUSINESS BOOTCAMP – Veteran Symposium & EXPO

When: January 27, 2015
Where:  The new Norris Conference Center – 618 NW Loop 410, Ste. 207In appreciation for their military commitment to service, CPS Energy, along with our major sponsors, is proud to offer FREE admission to all veterans and their spouses.
Our Veteran Symposium & Expo provides an open forum for interaction, communications, and education from a broad spectrum of local businesses, associations, city and governmental agencies, and those with a special interest in veteran business growth in San Antonio. Participants will have the opportunity to hear fresh perspectives, learn about current trends and discover new opportunities to grow and expand their business.

To register or get more information, click here.


Forward March Inc. has other positions available in a wide variety of fields listed on our website.

Myths About Veterans and Why You are Not Hiring Them

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Let me start by saying our country has made great strides lately on the veteran hiring front. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for December 2014, veteran unemployment was at 4.7% slightly up from November. The highest unemployment veteran rate for 2014 was among first-termers in the 18-24 year range with their average unemployment rate being at 16.2%, so there is still much work to do.

Statistics aside, veterans are still plagued with many misconceptions that hinder the hiring process. Here are some of the myths that are impacting the overall veteran unemployment rate.

file0001292130605Veterans want jobs.

Veterans generally do not want “jobs”, they want careers.  Former President Ronald Reagan once said, “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.” Our military members have dedicated themselves to the profession of arms. As they transition from military service, they are looking for meaningful work and a minimum wage low skilled job is not going to cut it. Veterans want to make a difference in the world and will stay with an organization that will give them the opportunity to learn and grow.

file7071266529091Veterans are uneducated.

Today’s Armed Forces are the most educated and technologically advanced military the world has ever seen. The days of enlisting criminals or dropouts are long gone.

The Department of Defense has set strict quality caps on who can serve in the military which has led to a 99% high school graduation rate, far exceeding that of the general population. Furthermore, veterans are 70% more likely to complete a college degree than their peers.

Veterans are not free thinkers, they just follow orders.

Some aspects of military life are well regulated, such as how long one’s hair can be, and they do occasionally march in straight lines, but the fact is, military members are trained to think on their feet and can operate effectively in the most chaotic of situations. Additionally, our Armed Forces work around the world with a social and cultural understanding of their environment that most can only imagine.

Veterans only know how to yell at people to get things done.

Forget what you learned from Hollywood. Yes, military leaders have a very important and dangerous job to do with life or death consequences, but the fact is, military leaders learn and master the art of transformational leadership.

Transformational leadership motivates the team to achieve a common goal by developing subordinates, showing genuine concern for the team, challenging people to achieve past expectations, and taking ownership for one’s actions. This is done through teaching, coaching, mentoring, and counseling, not regular yelling. Today’ military leaders lead through motivation, not fear and intimidation.

fighter_pilotVeterans do not have applicable civilian skills.

First, less than 20% of military specialties are considered direct combat roles such as the infantry, armor, or artillery. The other 80% are in fields that have a direct correlation to the civilian job market such as medical, finance, food service, human resources, mechanical maintenance, etc. The focus here should be less on what a veteran’s job in the military was, but more on the intangibles such as team-work, loyalty, leadership, and great work-ethic. A company can train skills, but you can’t train dedication.

All veterans have Post Traumatic Stress.

Let’s put this in perspective and put all the hype aside. According to the National Institutes of Health, 26% of Americans over the age of 18, about 1 in 4, have some form of mental disorder. So, if your company has 100 employees and none of them were veterans, 25 will have some form of mental illness to include possible PTS.

PTS is an affliction that not only affects veterans, but could impact anyone who faced a traumatic life event such as an auto accident or becoming a victim of a crime. Additionally, it is estimated that only 20% of veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan have symptoms of PTS.

Veterans are poor and joined the military because it was their only option.

Believe it or not, the military sits firmly in the middle-class of America. The percentage of military personnel recruited from areas with the lowest of incomes is only about 7% of total enlistments. The highest percentage of military enlistments come from median household incomes nationwide.

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A veteran who continues to serve their country in the Guard or Reserve should not be viewed as a liability. Yes, the possibility of a deployment is there. Yes, they are required to serve a minimum of one weekend a month and two weeks out of the year, but the knowledge, skills, and abilities that individual will bring to your organization are immeasurable. Hiring current National Guard and Reserve members is not only a good practice it is the law!

FMI TENANTS LOGOThe best way to “support our troops” is to ensure they have gainful employment after their dedicated term of service. It’s time we all look past the hype, myths, and misconceptions and make hiring veterans and top priority.   Let Forward March show you how to get the most out of military talent with our comprehensive HR training program and military talent pipeline services.

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

Want to be a Military Friendly Company?

For the most part we see “military/veteran friendly” employers as being employers who give the perception that they have a veteran hiring strategy which they actively employ. Sadly, as we have highlighted in previous posts, many employers prefer to use their veteran/military friendly strategy more for marketing than actually hiring veterans or concerning themselves with giving veterans real careers. It is refreshing to find companies who are actively engaging veterans through a veteran hiring strategy. Those companies, no matter their size, we see as moving American industry forward and truly honoring our national treasure… our nation’s veterans.

For larger companies who want to set the bar even higher there are ratings institutions such as Military Friendly who use survey-driven methods to determine just how effective a company’s veteran hiring strategy is.
2015_MFE_LogoMilitary Friendly is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business founded by veterans and leads the industry as a ratings entity for companies who hire veterans. They produce survey-driven lists each year and have been doing so for more than a decade. These lists highlight schools and employers who represent the “top tier of institutions with leading opportunities for military service members and spouses.”

The 2015 Military Friendly Employers list has been released. The pool of about 5,000 employers produces less than 5% which earn the designation of Military Friendly within the context of Military Friendly’s rating process.

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The top 100 employers, according to Military Friendly are published in their GI Jobs publication. Becoming one of these employers is a highly coveted achievement, which requires a tremendous amount of effort and dedication to veterans by the companies on this list. The list for 2015 includes companies such as Union Pacific, AT&T, CSC, Intel, Merck, CDW, J.B. Hunt, BNSF Railway, Brinks, HP, Deloitte and many others. You can see the list here…
For a more detailed list of Military Friendly employers you can go here… 

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Forward March Inc. is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business founded by veterans who have a passion for helping veterans. Forward March Inc. is dedicated to moving American Industry forward by helping employers develop successful military hiring strategies. If your company or institution does not have a veteran hiring strategy we can help! If your company or institution wants a proven plan to become a company that is known for hiring veterans like those highlighted in the links above, then give us a call. Forward March Inc. has over 30 years of collective experience connecting employers and veterans. Come over to our website here… and learn more.

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Military Hiring 101 Workshops

MILITARY HIRING 101 WORKSHOP

Our Military Hiring 101 Workshops will give you the information and tools you need to succeed in hiring the very best military candidates. Our highly successful solutions are based on the proven military leadership models and a systematic approach to organizational growth.

We now offer the opportunity to come and conduct our Military Hiring 101 events at your company! 

Another way that FMI can help you with your Military Talent Acquisition & Transition goals is with our Military Talent Hiring Guide which we can customize to fit your solution for your company or organization. This Hiring Guide can help you through each step of your hiring process to find the right veteran talent for your mission.

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Bringing the Value of a Veteran to Your Workforce

Today’s businesses recognize the value of having veteran employees in their workforce. Finding, attracting, hiring, and retaining veterans is a skill that companies looking for the highest caliber employees simply must have. FMI has created a Military Talent Hiring Guide that teaches companies the basics of just how to do this. Contact FMI today to get your copy of our Military Talent Hiring Guide.

• Learn how to find and attract military talent to your business
• Discover the methods and benefits to hiring veterans
• Learn how to approach all branches of military service
• Learn how to translate rank, pay-scale, and military job skills

Contact us today for information on how to schedule an event at your company or to learn more about our Military Talent Hiring Guide. 1-888-723-6223

The Forward March Weekly Roundup for January 9th 2015

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Its R.E.D. Friday so lets not forget that our country still has heroes far from home today.


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If you are looking for a new career in the energy field then check out the jobs we have posted HERE.


They say that the early bird gets the worm. We thought we would give you all a heads-up on some IT positions that we could be posting as soon as next week.

  • Network Administrator Tier I
  • Network Administrator Tier II
  • Network Control Technician Tier I
  • Network Control Technician Tier II
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems Administrator, Sr.
  • (IT Services) Sales Representative

Contact Jason if you are interested in these positions.Jason Caswell – Send Email

Come back next week to get all the details on these positions as we will post that info here and on our website. 


Forward March Inc. is working with a veteran owned small business in San Antonio who is in need of labor force positions. These positions are ideal for anyone who wants to work immediately for a solid veteran owned company that provides quick upward mobility (based on performance) as well as job growth. Ideal candidates will have the appropriate physical requirements to do this kind of work and enjoy working outdoors.

Water Meter Digger – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…

Field Manager – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…

Meter Installation Technician – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…


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If you did not catch our post yesterday make sure you read it. There is valuable information on entrepreneurial opportunities as well as job training opportunities that can place you in a new career in just weeks!


Come Meet Us at these Events!

January 14, 2014 – Look for the Forward March Inc. table at the Joint Base San Antonio Career and Volunteer Fair. Wednesday 10:00am to 1:00pm. This event is free and open to all ID Card Holders. More information – Phone 210.221.2040 / Fax 210.221.2040. E-mail cynthia.m.lamb.civ@mail.mil or alma.r.guivas.civ@mail.mil

January 27, 2014 – CPS Energy 3rd Annual BUSINESS BOOTCAMP – Veteran Symposium & EXPO

When: January 27, 2015
Where:  The new Norris Conference Center – 618 NW Loop 410, Ste. 207

In appreciation for their military commitment to service, CPS Energy, along with our major sponsors, is proud to offer FREE admission to all veterans and their spouses.
Our Veteran Symposium & Expo provides an open forum for interaction, communications, and education from a broad spectrum of local businesses, associations, city and governmental agencies, and those with a special interest in veteran business growth in San Antonio. Participants will have the opportunity to hear fresh perspectives, learn about current trends and discover new opportunities to grow and expand their business.

To register or get more information, click here.

Forward March Inc. has other positions available in a wide variety of fields listed on our website.

Jason Caswell – Send Email

Happy New Year – Check Out Our Job Listings!

new job for new yearForward March Inc. is working with a veteran owned small business in San Antonio who is in need of labor force positions. These positions are ideal for anyone who wants to work immediately for a solid veteran owned company that provides quick upward mobility (based on performance) as well as job growth. Ideal candidates will have the appropriate physical requirements to do this kind of work and enjoy working outdoors.

Water Meter Digger – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…

Field Manager – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…

Meter Installation Technician – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…

52nd activates 497th Engineer CompanyForward March Inc. has other positions available in a wide variety of fields listed on our website.

For information on these positions or any positions posted on our website:

Jason Caswell – Send Email

Military Hiring 101 Workshops and Our Custom Military Hiring Guide

Forward March Inc. (FMI) works with companies and organizations in a variety of different ways to help with military talent acquisition. FMI has two services which businesses can use to help with finding, attracting, hiring and retaining top quality military talent. Even if your company or organization has no previous experience working with veteran talent FMI can have you up and running to meet your mission needs very quickly.



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One way companies can get a military talent pipeline started is to attend one of our Military Hiring 101 Workshops.

Military Hiring 101 Workshops

MILITARY HIRING 101 WORKSHOP

Our Military Hiring 101 Event will give you the information and tools you need to succeed in hiring the very best military candidates. Our highly successful solutions are based on the proven military leadership models and a systematic approach to organizational growth.

Agenda:
• Introduction
• Attracting Military
• Hiring Military
• Retaining Military
• Practical Exercise
• Closing Remarks

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We now offer the opportunity to come and conduct our Military Hiring 101 events at your company! 

Another way that FMI can help you with your Military Talent Acquisition & Transition goals is with our Military Talent Hiring Guide which we can customize to fit your solution for your company or organization. This Hiring Guide can help you through each step of your hiring process to find the right veteran talent for your mission.

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Bringing the Value of a Veteran to Your Workforce

Today’s businesses recognize the value of having veteran employees in their workforce. Finding, attracting, hiring, and retaining veterans is a skill that companies looking for the highest caliber employees simply must have. FMI has created a Military Talent Hiring Guide that teaches companies the basics of just how to do this. Contact FMI today to get your copy of our Military Talent Hiring Guide.

• Learn how to find and attract military talent to your business
• Discover the methods and benefits to hiring veterans
• Learn how to approach all branches of military service
• Learn how to translate rank, pay-scale, and military job skills

Contact us today for information on how to schedule an event at your company or to learn more about our Military Talent Hiring Guide. 1-888-723-6223