Mirza Tihic, director of employment programs at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, attended the Veteran Symposium for New Jersey Employers at Prudential Financial Corporate Headquarters in Newark.
The event was hosted by Prudential Financial Inc. and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development in an effort to exhibit employment resources for servicemen and women living in the state. New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno kicked off the symposium with a news conference highlighting the administration’s efforts to bring together New Jersey businesses and government leaders to offer employer-focused information about the benefits, business resources and best practices for hiring veterans.
The event encouraged business owners, CEOs and human resources representatives to share and explore solutions to improve employment opportunities for the nation’s veterans. The symposium included a mix of presentations, facilitated panel discussions and a group session on topics including referrals for veterans seeking employment, hiring incentives and resources for hiring veterans.
Tihic shared with symposium participants the IVMF’s recently published employment brief, “The Business Case for Hiring a Veteran: Beyond the Clichés,” which draws from academic literature to suggest a robust, specific and compelling business case for hiring individuals with military background and experience.