Move leverages science provided by pymetrics
New York – May 9, 2016 – When veterans leave the military, they possess skills that make them valuable employees such as focus, drive, commitment, and leadership. Many service members who enlisted right out of high school are earning degrees before they leave the military, and even more veterans are using their GI Bill benefits to attain higher education. Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth, and careers, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), recognizes the experience and expertise of our nation’s service members, and is collaborating with Student Veterans of America (SVA) to help employers access this untapped talent pool through its game-based career matching digital platform — Mercer MatchTM .
Using science provided by pymetrics, Mercer Match allows student veterans to explore new career roles and get matched to open positions with employers. SVA members will be guided to career fields that are a good long-term fit based on their cognitive, emotional, and social profile. Where a typical career-matching tool may match veterans only on their military specialty and specific education, Mercer Match connects candidates to a wide variety of industries and career options by better understanding a veteran’s likely contributions to the workforce that hiring managers may overlook when only able to evaluate a resume.
“Mercer Match presents a ‘win-win’ opportunity for both employers and student veterans,” said Barb Marder, Senior Partner in Mercer’s Talent business and Team Leader in Mercer’s Innovation Hub. “Employers will have the opportunity to tap into a large and fresh talent pool, while student veterans can find career roles in which they will most likely be successful.”
“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Mercer and pymetrics and utilize their innovative neuroscience-based approach to benefit student veterans and our Student Veterans of America chapter members,” said Jared Lyon, President and CEO of Student Veterans of America. “Mercer Match has the potential to fill a gap and assist student veterans with their next transition, whether exploring career roles or in the transition from student life to the next phase in their professional career.”
“Hiring veterans is a smart business decision for employers, and veterans with a degree will help business and industry compete on the world stage,” said James Schmeling, Student Veterans of America’s Executive Vice President, Strategic Engagement. “Mercer and pymetrics’ innovative approach leads by example by working to connect our nation’s well-educated veterans with employers. Employers may also have the opportunity to engage with enlisted veterans who have earned their degrees, and widen their recruiting aperture beyond only junior officers. We hope to see more companies join this movement and tap into this talent pool.”
A newly designed web portal for SVA members will be available for use immediately. The iOS app will become available on June 1st and the Android app will be ready by July 1st. To learn more about Mercer Match, visit http://www.mercermatch.com. To learn more about Student Veterans of America, visit www.studentveterans.org.
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