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By Steve Jordon, Executive Director, NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative, and Rick Ferry, Regional Program Manager, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program| July 2018
Original Article Posted on THE VOICE OF TECHNOLOGY 

Greater Washington, D.C. is the second largest region in the country for employers seeking IT workers 

As the demand for tech talent expands exponentially from entry level to senior management positions, organizations are becoming more creative in sourcing and retaining skilled talent through channels like internships, apprenticeships and engaging with high school STEM students. Now more than ever, companies are tapping into the pool of more than 300,000 Veterans transitioning out of the military every year to fill positions. With their strong leadership, communication and technical skills, Veterans are strong candidates for roles in the technology sector.

Since 2013, the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) has provided support to NVTC member companies in their efforts to recruit, hire, train and retain qualified Veteran and military spouse talent. At the same time, the VEI also connects Veterans and military spouses to employment and career mentoring opportunities in the region.

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By Aaron Boyd, Senior Editor | July 6, 2018
Original Article Posted on Nextgov

Here’s why public-sector hiring managers think the government is struggling to fill its ranks.

Government research group Market Connections and the government arm of job-search company Monster.com, Monster Government Solutions, polled 200 human resources professionals and hiring managers from the public sector (75 percent) and government contractors (25 percent) to get a ground-level view of current workforce challenges.

The majority of respondents (52 percent) agreed the dearth of qualified candidates is the biggest recruitment problem. Respondents also cited an inability to compete on salary (44 percent), long lead-times finding qualified candidates (42 percent) and budget restrictions (40 percent).

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By Jim Brock | July 2, 2018
Original Article Posted on The Business Journal 

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – After a veteran has served his country, he might need a hand-up. Some veterans may be leaving the service without a job waiting for them, a stable place to live or some might require special resources.

Combat veterans, for instance, often need resources to help cope with the psychological and physical problems that many experience after being deployed.

There are many opportunities for local veterans with a variety of organizations that help with everything from employment to education. Sometimes they just need a listening ear from a fellow vet they may meet at any number of private organizations in the area such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the American Legion.

Whatever help veterans may require, there are plenty of resources throughout the area to satisfy their needs.

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MCLEAN, VA (June 27, 2018) - Study findings from a recent survey conducted by premier recruitment and workforce solution provider, Monster Government Solutions, and custom market research firm, Market Connections revealed a significant difference in how public sector versus private sector organizations use online tools to recruit talent. According to the study, private sector contractors are twice as likely as their public sector counterparts to leverage digital platforms and social channels for their recruitment needs.

The Government Recruitment & Retention Study surveyed 200 HR professionals within the public sector and the private sector government contracting community, on workforce challenges and opportunities in today’s competitive talent landscape.

Findings revealed that 52 percent of all respondents believe the shortage of available, qualified, and experienced job candidates remains the leading recruitment challenge. In addition, 39 percent of all respondents indicate they are dissatisfied with their current recruitment practices.

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Original Article Posted on Dark Reading

Aspiring cybersecurity talent will participate in competitions and intensive training.
Blacksburg, VA, June 11, 2018 – U.S. Cyber Challenge kicks off its 2018 boot camp season next week at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia for the Eastern Regional Cyber Camp. Camp participants qualified for the program based on their scores from the Cyber Quest competition (www.CyberQuests.org) in April and will spend the week receiving intensive instruction by some of the nation’s leading cybersecurity experts. The camp begins next Monday, June 18th and ends Friday, June 22nd with a Capture-the-Flag (CTF) competition and Award Ceremony recognizing all camp participants and specifically the winners of the CTF competition. Friday’s competition will test both individual performance and team performance, and the winners will receive scholarships from (ISC)2 at the Award Ceremony immediately following the CTF.

“Each year, through our online competition Cyber Quests, USCC identifies the nation’s leading talent in cybersecurity,” stated National Director Karen S. Evans. “Our goal is to help these talented individuals strengthen their skill sets in information security and begin a path toward their dream career and securing our nation’s government and economy.”

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