After spending 8 years in corporate finance at Intel, Army Reserve Officer Rob Polston was deployed to Afghanistan. Upon his return to the company, he eagerly jumped on the opportunity to be a part of the veterans recruiting and staffing program that Intel was developing. Since then, Rob has continued to set new standards of excellence for hiring and retaining veterans.

Rob presented at both the 2013 and 2014 DirectEmployers conferences. We had the privilege of sitting down with him during one of the events to discuss how employers can create successful veteran recruitment initiatives, his role at Intel and what keeps him up at night. Check out the video from our interview:

Veteran recruitment essentials for employers to keep in mind:

  • Figure out why you want to hire veterans. What is it that they bring to your organization?
  • Work with your business groups and find the jobs that would be a good fit for veterans.
  • Find hiring managers who are veterans or will champion the cause. It’s not always intuitive and may take some education and coaching to help business groups understand where veterans may fit.

Members can access his presentation from DEAM13 in our Member-exclusive online community, Pipeline. Our Employers Connect events and Annual Meeting & Conference give you the chance to learn from and network with incredible Members like Rob. Check out the Employers Connect and DEAM15 websites to learn more.

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