ATG CEO Stephen Pollan spoke with WJCT on June 22, 2017 about how Pelocity is teaming up to improve veteran employment throughout Northeast Florida.

 

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released its March 2017 Veteran Employment Update showing that 40 of the 50 states experienced a drop in their veteran unemployment rate over the past year, though Florida remained unchanged at 4.7 percent. To better help Florida’s veterans, Pelocity, a cutting-edge career guidance software company based in Jacksonville, has partnered with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition (JMVC) to connect more veterans with employers looking to fill high-wage, high-demand careers in the state.

Through a partnership with the Learning Alliance Corporation, a grant from the Department of Defense and the gracious endorsement of retired Brig. Gen. Michael P. Fleming, Pelocity is aiming to connect as many as 2,000 of our nation’s noble veterans with military-friendly employers.

“As Chair of the JMVC, we are constantly seeking partners who add value to our military veterans. The professionals at Pelocity provide high-quality career support to veterans at no cost, which is a powerful combination,” said Fleming. “We are fortunate to partner with Pelocity to enhance our support. We thank Pelocity for their commitment to veterans and look forward to working with them.”

Pelocity provides an integrated network for individuals and employers alike. It allows veteran subscribers to embark on a unique career exploration through a series of assessments. These assessments are meant to measure their knowledge, skills, abilities and personal work style. The system then matches candidates to job opportunities based on the best-fit careers in their Pelocity profile. The Department of Defense grant provides employers’ access to the Pelocity Enterprise Portal, which allows companies to find veteran candidates whose preferences align with the company’s open employment positions.

Stephen Pollan, CEO of Pelocity’s parent company, Assessment Technologies Group, said the software provides a better match because it incorporates intangibles like personal preferences and work style, which can be a better measure of an employee’s on-the-job success.

“Pelocity bridges the gap between education, employers and career readiness,” said Pollan. “It matches individual and corporate personalities, not just keywords.”

Hanania Automotive Group has joined with Pelocity in making it easier for transitioning military members to obtain employment and join a winning team. Hanania has more than 500 employees across 15 dealerships throughout Florida and Tennessee. The company had long been an advocate for veterans, providing support to K9s for Warriors, the U.S.O. and the Jacksonville-area military air shows. When retired NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Captain Howard Wanamaker was hired last fall as the company’s Human Resources Director, he quickly recognized Pelocity as an opportunity to expand Hanania Automotive Group’s veteran-friendly initiatives.

“We are excited to partner with Pelocity and the JMVC to bring more talented, skilled and experienced veterans to our Hanania team,” said Wanamaker. “Across the board, veterans possess extremely strong leadership skills, dedication and work ethic.”

Pelocity brings to light those valued skills possessed by veteran candidates – skills that are highly important to all Jacksonville businesses. It enhances the core vision of JMVC, which recognizes that many of the skills veterans develop in the military – leadership, fast and accurate decision-making, operational focus, and the drive to accomplish a mission – have extreme value to employers. Together with JMVC and Hanania Automotive Group, Pelocity is working to build awareness of how these veteran skills and personality attributes make military veterans outstanding employees.

About Pelocity

Pelocity is a career-guidance software where people, educators and employers intersect. It combines the best of science and technology to empower students, job-seekers and transitioning veterans to choose the right career, get the right education, connect with the right employer and maximize their earning potential. Like a GPS for the future, Pelocity’s patented methods determine the best occupational goals for an individual’s education and career planning. For more information, or to get started, visit Pelocity.

About the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition

The JMVC is committed to honoring military veterans and currently-serving members of the National Guard and Reserve by facilitating career, business and education opportunities in Jacksonville. The JMVC believes that veterans and transitioning military service members have acquired a wealth of knowledge, skills and competencies through practical workforce experience and are ready to supply the very skills businesses need to be successful. The JMVC provides business and job listings on its Jobs for Vets website as well as hiring assistance and toolkits for organizations that are unfamiliar with hiring veterans. For more information on the JMVC, please visit the JMVC website.

 

July 13, 2017

Pelocity Improving Veteran Employment Opportunities

ATG CEO Stephen Pollan spoke with WJCT on June 22, 2017 about how Pelocity is teaming up to improve veteran employment throughout Northeast Florida.   The U.S. Department of Labor recently released its March 2017 Veteran Employment Update showing that 40 of the 50 states experienced a drop in their veteran unemployment rate over the past year, though Florida remained unchanged at 4.7 percent. To better help Florida’s veterans, Pelocity, a cutting-edge career guidance software company based in Jacksonville, has partnered with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition (JMVC) to connect more veterans with employers looking to fill high-wage, high-demand careers in the state. Through a partnership with the Learning Alliance Corporation, a grant from the Department of Defense and the gracious endorsement of retired Brig. Gen. Michael P. Fleming, Pelocity is aiming to connect as many as 2,000 of our nation’s noble veterans with military-friendly employers. “As Chair of the JMVC, we are constantly seeking partners who add value to our military veterans. The professionals at Pelocity provide high-quality career support to veterans at no cost, which is a powerful combination,” said Fleming. “We are fortunate to partner with Pelocity to enhance our support. We thank Pelocity for their commitment […]
June 8, 2017
Unemployment | Salary | Ability Assessment | ATG

Unemployment: The Lowdown, Slowdown and Showdown

What’s the lowdown? According to the U.S. Labor Department, the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.3 percent, its lowest point since 2001. Some analysts believe the 138,000 U.S. jobs added in May will even be enough to encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later in June. But it’s not all good news. The rate of job growth has actually been slowing down in recent months – and that could mean trouble for both employers and job seekers. Why the slowdown? The economy has been steadily recovering from the Great Recession. At the current hiring pace, unemployment could soon drop to a level that some analysts would claim indicates a healthy economy. Others believe this slowdown is necessary to maintain balance. Either way, the job market waters are murky. Many people that were considered unemployed were not necessarily hired but had actually stopped looking for work in recent weeks. While this had a positive impact on the unemployment rate, the fact remains that fewer new job opportunities are being posted. The showdown Fewer new jobs are going up yet job openings are still at an all-time high, meaning companies are not actually filling as many positions. With more job […]
May 26, 2017

Hire Smart For Higher ROI

By Leslie H. Krieger, Ph.D., SPHR Does hiring smart pay off in higher profits? You bet it does! In fact, hiring smart typically brings a much greater return on investment than does spending on process improvements or capital equipment. Let’s look at actual ROI data from hiring smart initiatives we created for three very different businesses: debt collection, product distribution, and fast food. CASE STUDY #1: A FINANCIAL RECOVERY AGENCY Hiring Smart Investment: $30,000 Details: ATG helped the agency select debt collectors who quickly surpassed the national average of debt collected per month, enabling its 100 collectors to collect an additional $2.5 million per year. ROI : 8,300%. CASE STUDY #2: A PRODUCTION DISTRIBUTION COMPANY Hiring Smart Investment: $80,000 Details: ATG helped the company select field sales associates whose first year turnover rate dropped from 54% to 28%, resulting in reduced annual turnover costs of $16.3 million per year ROI: 20,300%. CASE STUDY #3: A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT COMPANY Hiring Smart Investment: $150,000 Details: ATG helped the company identify better-fit store managers and team members, resulting in reduced turnover, faster customer service response and greater customer spending. This produced an overall bottom line improvement of $17 million per year. ROI: […]
May 11, 2017
Wounded Warrior Project | Pelocity | Logo | Veteran Career

Pelocity and Wounded Warrior Project Jump Start Veterans’ Career Search

Injured veterans are finding new career paths with the help of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Recently, WWP connected warriors with detailed career assessments. The online questionnaire determined abilities and identified 25 potential opportunities for each veteran. “We use technology to advance the way talent and companies connect,” Stephen Pollan said. Stephen is the founder and CEO of Pelocity, a Jacksonville-based company WWP is working with to identify careers for warriors. The technology goes beyond a simple question-and-answer format. It creates a database of prospective jobs and spells out, in detail, what is necessary to apply. “This means a warrior knows if they can start that career right away, or if they need to expand their skills,” said Kevin Rasch, WWP Warriors to Work® manager. “This allows Wounded Warrior Project to steer veterans toward additional education, if needed, or networking opportunities for jobs they are already qualified for.” “The assessment pinpointed what I wanted my career to be,” Navy veteran Gabriel Perez said. “The survey came back with network administrator and computer technician as my top careers.” Gabriel already targeted those fields in his career search. He has been working with WWP career counseling on his resume and interview coaching. “Wounded […]