Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00
On March 14 at North Shore-LIJ Hospital in Manhasset, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, joined by local veterans groups, veterans’ advocates, and Michael Dowling, president and CEO of North Shore-LIJ Health System called on Long Island businesses to join a new online campaign to connect unemployed veterans on the Island with local jobs. Schumer pointed out that while there are an estimated 13,500 unemployed veterans in Nassau and Suffolk counties, only nine businesses on the Island currently participate in the Employer Partnership of the Armed Services online job bank that connects our nation’s service members, veterans, and their family members with local employers.
“This website for veterans seeking employment is a powerful but underutilized tool that has enormous potential to attack the troubling unemployment on Long Island among men and women who have served our country,” said Schumer. “Far too many New Yorkers find themselves unemployed after they bravely served in uniform. That’s why today, I’m launching an aggressive campaign to encourage Long Island businesses to post their job listings on the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces website. New York veterans have proven to be hard-working and effective leaders, and would make terrific additions to businesses in a wide range of sectors across the economy. By harnessing the power of the Internet and expanding the pool of employers, we can match the jobs needs of our veterans with the hiring needs of local businesses.”
The website is http://www. employerpartnership.org. The job bank was launched on Veteran’s Day 2010 as an effort to connect Army Reserve members with potential employers and is now open to all members of the U.S. Military and veterans. Currently, there are 1,400 Employer Partners registered with the site, including 95 of the Fortune 500 companies, but only nine local Long Island companies are listed on the site. Veterans can access the site through a state-of-the-art web portal that allows the veterans to search jobs locally. The site provides access to approximately 600,000 job listings at a given time.
In an effort to boost this number and make Long Island businesses aware of the program, Schumer, as part of a statewide campaign, is sending a letter to local Long Island business associations and Chambers of Commerce, urging them to make their member businesses aware of the site and encourage them to use this valuable resource when posting job listings online.
Unfortunately, there are an estimated 6,021 unemployed veterans living in Nassau County and an estimated 7,509 living in Suffolk County. A report issued March 11 shows that among recent veterans, those who have served post September 11, 2001, unemployment is at 11.5 percent and one in five veterans under the age of 25 are unable to find work.
The jobs available on the Partnership’s website are targeted to match the specific needs and skills of the military community. They are generally tailored to attract applicants with skills developed during their military service in specific fields including medicine, transportation, logistics, law enforcement, civil affairs, engineering, human resources, information technology, communications, administration, intelligence, and security. Matching jobs requiring specific skills with applicants who have developed those skills through military service will help more veterans find good-paying, family-sustaining jobs.
“With open arms, we would welcome additional businesses from New York to the site as we work to help service members and veterans find good-paying jobs,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Leonard, Strategic Community Officer for the Employer Partnership program.
“As one of the New York area’s largest employers, North Shore-LIJ has been working closely with our government leaders and veterans groups to find jobs for veterans and help ease their transition back to civilian life,” said Michael J. Dowling. “Our military personnel have already proven that they excel in leadership, teamwork and performance under never-ending pressure. Given the tremendous integrity and respect that members of the military demonstrate on a daily basis, every employer would benefit from bringing veterans into their organization.”