F. A. Q.

Who needs the VETS culture matching service?

What does VETS do, really?

Is V.E.T.S. a 501(c)3 charity?
Yes! We received that certification with significant help from Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP in Atlanta.
Which veterans will be helped?
Initially, we plan to help the new veterans (those leaving the military today) who are covered by Department of Labor and Department of Defense employment programs. We will then expand our service to all veterans and their families as resources allow.

 

Why Does America Need This Work?

A recent survey, by VetAdvisor with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, documents the hidden truth that young veterans have a much harder time finding and keeping jobs after their military service than do civilians who change jobs. (Click here to read more)

The study found that 43% of veterans lasted less than a year in their first civilian job, a problem that’s 2.3 times worse for enlisted troops than for officers.  More than 80% of vets left that first job in less than two years.  Many responding veterans indicated that the biggest obstacle to retaining civilian jobs was their inability to fit into the new, unfamiliar organizational culture.

Another university study concluded that: “Hiring veterans is one thing, but keeping them on the job is something different altogether.”

This truth persists despite the personality testing and career advice, despite the traditional job preparation and placement services, and even despite the national goodwill toward veterans.  Transitioning vets get all of that already.  Today’s reality is just wrong: wrong for the vets, wrong for their employers and wrong for our nation that needs both of them.
 

Why do we do it?
Veterans earned America’s gratitude; we’re paying them back.

Since the best job is one that you love to do and is rewarding as well, we turned our cultural and analysis skills into great jobs paying back the vets who continually protect our freedom to make such choices. It’s a win for everyone – vets, businesses and us! America’s economy gets a return on its investment in our veterans and our vets get a successful start on their civilian careers. We get paid for doing good. That doesn’t really feel like work at all.

Remember those jobs and schools that didn’t work out because you should not have been there in the first place, where the interview promises and polished web site were just marketing?  Now imagine knowing how well you’d fit before you applied.  That’s why.

Besides, veterans earned America’s gratitude; we’re paying them back.

Since the best job is one that you love to do and is rewarding as well, we turned our cultural and analysis skills into great jobs paying back the vets who continually protect our freedom to make such choices. It’s a win for everyone – vets, businesses and us! America’s economy gets a return on its investment in our veterans and our vets get a successful start on their civilian careers. We get paid for doing good. That’s a pretty great deal all around.

How does it all work?
Our work addresses the cultural disconnects that made up a large majority of the topics found in the Syracuse University study: (in frequency order) lack of career advancement, unchallenging work, lack of professional development, dissatisfaction with boss, bad work environment, poor organizational strategy, insufficient recognition, lack of job security, inflexible schedule, bad coworkers and lack of autonomy.  Yes, the V.E.T.S. process measures all of that and more.

To achieve this unique culture matching benefit, we use an interdisciplinary approach that combines expertise from sociology, anthropology, psychology, mathematics, statistics, organizational sciences and computer science.

When a business needs employees or a college wants to recruit veteran students, we’ll measure the requesting organization’s culture and then search our database for solid matches.  We’ll deliver a rank-ordered list of the most compatible people to the requesting employer, college recruiter, etc.  Organization leaders will then invite veterans to apply through the organization’s regular process: with both sides knowing they’ll fit together well.

Why V.E.T.S.?

We bring an exclusive advantage that’s not available anywhere else.  As a result of our patent-pending assessment and matching method, the hiring or admissions process will begin with both sides knowing that they were analyzed and found to be highly compatible, that they have a much better chance than before to succeed.  This isn’t personality testing compared to the leaders’ wishful thinking; this is hard data and informed statistical comparison.

Without us, despite all of the public and private transition assistance, “Trends show it takes veterans on average three employment experiences to find a best fit job match.  And that is for the lucky ones who get civilian jobs!”

We know from multiple, real-world organizational culture measurement beta tests that measuring human cultures is very, very hard to do.  Leader feedback proves that we routinely achieve a surprisingly good level of analytic accuracy.  When fully implemented, that accuracy will both reduce the time it takes for veterans to find meaningful work and increase their success odds.  We’ll also help vets find the right higher education institutions – those that fit both their educational needs and cultural profiles.
 

How many vets will be helped?

That depends on how widely word of this service spreads but it will certainly be tens of thousands. We hope for many more given that a million will leave the military in the next five years or so, about 2.5 million served after 9/11 and American has perhaps 45 million vets and family members today.
 

Who do we work for?
We plan to negotiate contracts with the Department of Labor and the Department of Defense to greatly help with their veteran employment efforts. We’ll also ‘work for’ the donors and sponsors who will enable us to reach other veterans. We will, of course, take very good care of the businesses and schools that allow us to measure their cultures. At the bottom line though, we work for America’s vets.
Which businesses can find veterans who’ll fit their cultures this way?
We’ll work hard to include any employer, legitimate school or other organizations in our work. That will be a little easier with the larger organizations but we’ll certainly work with any of them that agree to consider veterans who fit.

 

Where will V.E.T.S. do its work for veterans?

We’re starting in Colorado and will spread throughout the US as soon as we can. Geography isn’t limiting, though, so please keep in touch regardless of where you live or want to work. That goes for businesses too.
 

Is the Veterans Administration involved?

No. The VA has a veteran employment function, especially for disabled vets. But we failed (so far) to find a leader there who will work with us. We’ll certainly work with disabled vets (and all others) but we don’t look to the VA for support.
 

Why should an organization let V.E.T.S. measure their culture?
Businesses, colleges, trade schools and other organizations will see several solid benefits:

  • They’ll receive rank-ordered lists of veterans who will fit into their true cultures, who have the desired skills and who will work where they’re needed. By starting with vets who fit and then going through their normal hiring or admissions process, organizations will reduce their search costs while improving their success rates. All of that translates into both more success and less cost.
  • They’ll be able to search for veterans who fit without expensive marketing campaigns. As just one example, federal contractors have a special obligation to seek veteran employees. We’ll partner with such contractors to make that hiring process easier, more successful and less costly.
  • Organizations will also receive unique insight into their true culture(s). That insight is very valuable all by itself and could start an improvement process.
  • And it’s the right thing to do.

 

Will this innovation help anyone else?
We’re developing part of this method to help place people with disabilities, like autism, into job cultures where they’ll thrive. We’re also creating a Public Benefit Corporation to extend this work to all Americans who want to be included.

 

What can I do to help?

There are a couple things you can do as we spin up to speed.

  • Point all the vets you know to http://VetsWhoFit.org. Whether we can serve them today or not, they’ll benefit from understand this initiative and keeping up with developments.
  • Also point the businesses, nonprofits and other employers you know to this web site. We want them to contact us for details and to join this service. Universities and tech schools should contact us too since this service works just as well for placing students where they’ll fit.

 

Does V.E.T.S. take donations?

Yes.  Please write to Info@VetsWhoFit.org to start that conversation.