|[January 08, 2014]
Technology Industry Leaders and Monster.com Launch USTechVets.org to Connect Veterans with Careers in the U.S. Technology Sector
LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)--
Today, at the 2014 International CES®, leaders from top U.S. technology
industry trade associations announced the launch of USTechVets.org, an
online community to connect the one million service members who are
transitioning back into civilian life to employment opportunities within
the technology industry. Sponsored by the Consumer Electronics
the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)
and Monster Worldwide, Inc Monster.com,
U.S. Tech Vets' seeks to facilitate veterans' transition to civilian
careers, reduce veteran unemployment and provide America's veteran
workforce access to jobs within the technology industry. Owned and
produced by CEA, the 2014 CES, the world's gathering place for all who
thrive on the business of consumer technologies, runs Tuesday, January 7
through Friday, January 10.
"The technology industry is one of America's fastest growing sectors and
is hungry for high-quality talent," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO
of CEA. "Veterans bring valuable skills and experience to the job, such
as leadership, team-building, motivation, a strong work ethic, and
quick-thinking as well as experience working in a mission-focused
environment. These qualities are highly-prized in the technology sector.
We understand that a workforce with these outstanding merits can be an
incredible competitive advantage in the marketplace. More, veterans have
served our nation. It's our duty to give back to them."
USTechVets.org, powered by Monster.com, the premier global online
employment solution, features free tools and resources for employers and
for transitioning military personnel, veterans and their family members.
Tools for veterans include a military skills translator to match each
veteran's skills, training and collateral duties to civilian jobs; a
searchable database of jobs in the technology sector; and educational
resources to help veterans develop skills to thrive in a private sector
career. USTechVets.org member companies will receive free access to
Monster's database of more than 800,000 veteran resumes, powered by
Monster's award winning 6Sense semantic search technology. Employers
also can automatically or directly post their jobs to the site, which
veterans can search.
"At Monster, successfully connecting people with job opportunities is in
our DNA," said Steve Cooker, executive vice president of Global
Government Solutions for Monster Worldwide. "Through our subsidiary,
Military.com, we also have a deep and rich legacy providing members of
the military, veterans and their family members with vital information,
tools and resources. We are proud to harness our innovative technology
and community reach to connect veterans with careers in the technology
industry and to help employers find veteran talent better and faster."
Combining Monster's technology and audience reach with the support of
technology associations, the site will create the largest collection of
veteran job candidates and technology jobs available anywhere.
"NVTC member companies believe overall workforce development is one of
the greatest long-term challenges facing our technology community," said
NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg. "Through the combined power of
the organizations involved in this initiative, we hope to accelerate
veterans' transition to civilian life by providing access to thousands
of employment opportunities across the technology sector and the tools
and resources they need to succeed."
Joining CEA and NVTC in this effort are several national technology
associations including the Custom Electronic Design and Installation
Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA),
Electronic Security Association (ESA),
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB),
Professional Services Council (PSC),
Security Industry Association (SIA),
Telecommunications Industry Association (News - Alert) (TIA),
and Wireless Infrastructure Association (PCIA).
In addition, DAV,
a national veterans advocacy and assistance organization with more than
1.2 million members, is partnering to promote U.S. Tech Vets to its
"We believe veterans often have the background to pursue a sucessful
career in the residential electronics industry. That is why we worked to
get CEDIA's certification program and CEDIA's basic and home theater
boot camp trainings approved for Montgomery GI Bill Benefits," said Don
Gilpin, CEDIA executive director and COO. "This partnership will take
our efforts to train transitioning veterans to the next level."
"Veterans with the right mix of business, communication and technical
skills can find rewarding careers in the tech industry. In the past two
years, some 16,000 veterans have earned nearly 22,000 CompTIA (News - Alert)
certifications. These IT skills certifications can be a first step in
transitioning from active duty to civilian life," said Todd Thibodeaux,
president and CEO of CompTIA. "We applaud the launch of USTechVets.org
as it helps to connect employers and veterans and to expand the tech
"The Electronic Security Association is pleased to support
USTechVets.org in the effort to create the largest collection of veteran
job candidates and open technology industry jobs," said ESA Executive
Director and CEO Merlin Guilbeau. "We frequently hear that finding and
hiring quality talent is a continuous challenge for our members. Our
goal is to connect our members with highly skilled returning veterans
that have sacrificed so much for our freedom as they transition to
"There can be no better fit for the electronic security industry than
our nation's veterans," added CSAA Executive Vice President and CEO
Steve Doyle, who is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. "They have the
work ethic, discipline and team spirit as well as the training to go
above and beyond the call of duty in whatever enterprise they engage in.
They have learned the value of self-sacrifice for the good of the whole
in ways most people will never understand. A great many are easily
adaptable to technical trades and they have been tested already in these
applications in the toughest environment there is, and that is why, CSAA
is pleased to support this initiative."
"The next generation of veterans will play a vital role in our nation's
workforce," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "NAB is proud to
join U.S. Tech Vets to connect veterans to employment opportunities
within the broadcast industry."
"PCIA is honored to be a charter member of the U.S. Tech Vets
initiative. America's returning heroes are an excellent fit to fulfill
the need for a skilled workforce - particularly in the wireless sector,
which is experiencing tremendous growth due to skyrocketing mobile
broadband demand," said Tim House, vice president of external relations
for PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association.�"Veterans possess
proven leadership and problem solving skills, and often have hands-on
experience with new or emerging technologies - all of which will aid our
industry's efforts to build and advance mobile broadband networks."
"As leaders of the federal services sector, assisting our qualified and
deserving veterans is our member companies' duty and honor. We are
pleased to participate in the U.S. Tech Vets employment initiative,"
said Stan Soloway, president and CEO, Professional Services Council
"We are fortunate to have millions of veterans in this country who are
skilled, dedicated professionals, many of whom have technology training
and experience that has been tested in extremely adverse conditions,"
SIA CEO Don Erickson said. "These are exactly the kinds of candidates
that many security industry employers are seeking, and SIA is proud to
be part of the USTechVets.org partnership."
"This initiative is near and dear to my heart because, like so many
Americans, I have a family member transitioning back to the workforce.
In working with America's leading ICT companies, I know that our
high-tech industry can benefit greatly from the valuable skills and
experience veterans bring back with them. TIA is committed to joining
with the rest of the industry to connect those who serve with employees
who can use their skills," said Grant Seiffert (News - Alert), TIA president.
"The U.S. tech industry understands that hiring veterans is more than
just the right thing to do - it's a smart business investment," said DAV
National Adjutant Marc Burgess. "U.S. Tech Vets offers a platform to
connect the skilled and dedicated men and women who served our nation
with meaningful employment. This is a service that will greatly benefit
DAV's 1.2 million members and veterans across the country."
For more information about U.S. Tech Vets, visit www.ustechvets.org.
The Consumer Electronics Association (News - Alert) (CEA) is the
technology trade association representing the $203 billion U.S. consumer
electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of
CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research,
technical training and education, industry promotion, standards
development and the fostering of business and strategic
relationships.�CEA also owns and produces the International CES - The
Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into
CEA's industry services.�Find CEA online at www.CE.org,
and through social media.
About Monster Worldwide:
Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW),
is the global leader in successfully connecting job opportunities and
people. Monster uses the world's most advanced technology to help people
Find Better, matching job seekers to opportunities via digital, social
and mobile solutions including monster.com®, our flagship website, and
employers to the best talent using a vast array of products and
services. As an Internet pioneer, more than 200 million people have
registered on the Monster Worldwide network. Today, with operations in
more than 40 countries, Monster provides the broadest, most
sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent
management capabilities globally. For more information visit
The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)
is the membership and trade association for the technology community in
Northern Virginia. As the largest technology council in the nation, NVTC
serves about 1,000 companies and organizations, including businesses
from all sectors of the technology industry, service providers,
universities, foreign embassies, non-profit organizations and government
agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC represents about 300,000
employees in the region. NVTC is recognized as the nation's leader in
providing its technology community with networking and educational
events; specialized services and benefits; public policy advocacy;
branding of its region as a major global technology center; initiatives
in targeted business sectors and in the international, entrepreneurship,
workforce and education arenas; the Equal Footing Foundation, a
501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that serves local area youth; and The
Entrepreneur Center @NVTC, which mentors new technology entrepreneurs.
Visit NVTC at www.nvtc.org.
CEDIA, the Custom Electronic Design and
Installation Association, is the leading global authority in the $14
billion home technology industry. CEDIA represents 3,500 member
companies worldwide and serves more than 22,000 industry professionals
that manufacture, design, and integrate goods and services for the
connected home. Built upon a strong volunteer foundation, CEDIA provides
access to industry-leading education, certification, research, and
consumer awareness. CEDIA serves as the go-to home technology source for
consumers and professionals alike.
CompTIA is the voice of the world's
information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at
the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for
maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in
technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through
its educational programs, market research, networking events,
professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. To learn more,
The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) is
a trade association representing providers, users, bureaus, and other
agencies of Central Station protection services that are certified by a
CSAA-approved Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), such as
UL, FM and/or ETL. It is legally entitled to represent its members
before Congress, regulatory agencies on the local, state and federal
levels, and other authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) over the
industry. Since its incorporation in 1950, CSAA has served its members'
interests in an ever-increasing variety of ways.
Established in 1948, the Electronic Security
Association (ESA) is the largest trade association representing the
electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install,
integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance
and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential,
industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of
chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training,
government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and
services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may
be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at www.ESAweb.org.
The National Association of Broadcasters is the
premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances
radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public
affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables
broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their
businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.
PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association
is the trade association representing the companies that make up the
wireless telecommunications infrastructure industry. Our members include
the carriers, infrastructure providers and professional services firms
that own and manage more than 130,000 telecommunications facilities
throughout the world. Visit us at www.pcia.com.
As the premier trade association serving the
federal professional and technical services industry, the Professional
Services Council (PSC) provides policy leadership, business
intelligence and networking opportunities to help our members
effectively navigate a complex and ever-changing policy-driven business
The Security Industry Association (SIA) (http://www.securityindustry.org)
is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security
solution providers. SIA protects and advances its members' interests by
advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and
state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration;
advancing industry professionalism through education and training;
opening global market opportunities; and collaboration with other
like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Expos and
Conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground Conference, SIA
ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as
well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities.
About TIA (News - Alert):
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
is the leading trade association representing the global information and
communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development,
policy initiatives, business opportunities, market intelligence and
networking events. With support from hundreds of members, TIA enhances
the business environment for companies involved in telecom, broadband,
mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite,
unified communications, emergency communications and the greening of
technology. TIA is accredited by ANSI.
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