Valor is HSBC’s veterans, military, families and friends employee resource group (ERG). It is the mission of Valor to provide a forum for employees to discuss issues faced by veterans, military personnel, families and friends and to enhance recruitment, retention and long-term development of military veterans to meet the present and future needs of HSBC.
Valor operates under HSBC’s broader Diversity & Inclusion vision to maintain an inclusive and engaging culture where people are valued for who they are and the ways in which they contribute.
- Understanding and leveraging the employee and commercial value of difference.
- No two employees or customers are the same, and we value everyone’s perspective.
Veterans and their family members have a “service” mentality, and volunteering their time to help others is part of their genetic makeup. HSBC looks to provide our employees with a variety of opportunities to give back to their communities, with an emphasis on veteran-focused non-profit organizations.
In partnership with Veterans on Wall Street, HSBC strives to increase the number of veterans and military family members in the financial sector. We have an active recruiting strategy, including educating recruiters and hiring managers on the benefits of employing veterans and the typical characteristics, skills and abilities that military experience brings.
Attention Job Seeking Veterans please follow this link: http://www.hsbc.com/careers/where-we-hire/united-states-of-america
The MOST important ask of the recruitment teams is that you create profiles (upload your resumes) into the HSBC database. This will allow recruitment teams to find you when they are searching in the databases for skills that you possess. If there is a specific role of interest and you apply that increases your chance of being reviewed for that role.
A couple of important tips:
- Many applications will ask if you are a protected veteran. This is an opportunity to self-identify and highlight your status.
- Apply to any and all positions where you feel you are 80% or more qualified
- Create Linked In profile if you don’t have one. Use your network. Review your connections to determine if you know anyone you can network with at HSBC.
- Most applications will ask you how you found out about this role. Some companies will have VOWS as a source code and you should select that. Other companies may have more generic fields such as “Internet ´and then often an opportunity to write in which site pops up and you can type in VOWS. It would be much appreciated if you selected VOWS as a source type whenever possible.
Making the leap from the military lifestyle to the corporate setting can be a shock to many. The Veterans ERG wants to make that transition easier, allowing transitioning individuals to get comfortable with a new role, learn the organizational structure quickly and feel at ease with the decision made to join a multinational company like HSBC.
Once a veteran is onboard, the support does not end. The Veterans ERG is a great opportunity for veterans and military family members to interact with others throughout the company. The support network builds camaraderie and provides members with a window into the broader organization and the many opportunities available. We want our veterans to succeed!
Partnerships in addition to Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS):
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
- The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF)
- United Services Organization (USO)
- Volunteers of America (VOA)
- Boys and Girls Clubs
Examples of past events supported:
- Veterans on Wall Street Symposium
- Stand Up for Heroes
- Operation Purple Camp
HSBC has been committed to helping soldiers, veterans and their families since its founding in 1865. From supporting staff members while on active duty, to volunteering with veteran non-profit organizations, to helping military personnel transition to the civilian workforce, the bank has been committed to the troops for many years, yet we’ve been challenged in increasing our population of employees who are veterans.
To help us attract, hire and retain more veterans, an enhanced recruitment strategy was implemented and includes several strategic and tactical recruitment components that are helping us increase our external profile as an employer of choice for veterans and transition more veterans into our company.
We have partnered with Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS), a consortium of financial institutions who help veterans make the transition into financial services roles. VOWS conducts an annual employer symposium and holds events throughout the year to connect veterans to corporations.
A new HSBC initiative recently launched, called Military Path, targets specific HSBC jobs identified as priority roles to fill with veterans. The recruitment team works closely with the hiring managers for these roles to ensure full consideration of veteran candidates. This effort is supported by additional recruitment tactics such as:
- Posting roles to LinkedIn Groups (Veteran to Civilian Career Transitions, US Veteran – Recruiter – Candidate Connection),
- Utilizing the Military Experience filter on LinkedIn to highlight Military experience, and
- Partnering with GettingHired.com to source for veteran candidates.
We have increased our veteran hires compared to last year by over 100% and are growing a strong pipeline for our Military Path roles.
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