Expect. Employ. Empower.

by Lauren Banner-Russo 1. October 2014

October is a time for pumpkin spiced lattes, crisp fall weather, and colorful leaves on trees. Not only is it a time to recognize the changing of the seasons, it is also a time to recognize those with disabilities. October is designated by the U.S. Department of Labor as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The focus of this campaign is to increase awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate accomplishments made by individuals with disabilities. The theme surrounding this years’ campaign is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

1st Mariner Bank’s Recruitment division is really putting a focus on ensuring our job opportunities reach individuals with disabilities. The Recruitment team makes a continuous effort to build relationships with schools and organizations that work with individuals with disabilities. Our hope is that these efforts translate into more individuals with disabilities gaining employment.

Through outreach efforts, giving resume and interview tips to consumers of the Maryland Department of Rehabilitation, and participating in discussions throughout the community regarding hiring individuals with disabilities, 1st Mariner Bank’s Recruitment Team’s goal is to increase disability awareness and the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.

The Recruitment team will continue to work on this initiative and 1st Mariner Bank will continue to be a disability friendly employer. We encourage other companies and organizations to embrace National Disability Employment Awareness Month and make it a focus in the upcoming year!

Proud Participants in Operation Hire: Maryland's 100 Day Veteran Hiring Challange

by Lauren Banner-Russo 2. July 2014

Department of Veterans Affairs Seal

July 4th is an exciting time of the year; it's a time for cookouts with friends and family. Many people dress up in patriotic colors and honor our freedom with parades and fireworks. While these are fun ways to celebrate, it is important to remember the veterans and active duty military that fight to keep our freedom every day!

1st Mariner Bank’s Recruitment Division has put a large focus on hiring more veterans in 2014 and are making great strides to meet these goals. The Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs has put out a challenge to employers in the State of Maryland called Operation Hire: Maryland’s 100 Day Veteran Hiring Challenge.

The focus of Operation Hire is to increase veteran hiring in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs is challenging employers to either expand or create veteran hiring initiates within their companies. 1st Mariner Bank’s Recruitment Division is proud to participate in this challenge and will continue to make great strides toward hiring more veterans.

This challenge is a great way to get more employers passionate about hiring veterans! If you are interested in reading more about the Challenge, visit: http://veterans.maryland.gov/operation-hire-marylands-100-day-veteran-hiring-challenge/.

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Pledge to Hire Veterans in 2014

by Lauren Banner-Russo 26. November 2013

Operation Pledge to Vets

The word “veteran” has always been a focus in the hiring practices of businesses large and small. In 2014, there will be even more focus placed on hiring veterans. Over the years, 1st Mariner Bank has made an effort to employ several veterans and has experienced the value these individuals can add to a company. In 2014, 1st Mariner Bank is looking to increase the number of veterans hired because we know these individuals will be an asset to our company.

Over the past year, the Recruitment division of 1st Mariner Bank has been working diligently to improve its outreach process so that we can be more effective in reaching out to local veterans when we have job opportunities. On Thursday, November 21, 2013 we attended a conference at the Hilton BWI Airport called “Operation Pledge to Vets.” This event focused on how small- to medium-sized businesses can hire and retain veterans. There were many veteran resource representatives and local workforce centers present that were able to offer important information for Maryland companies looking to hire veterans.

In addition to the veteran and local workforce center representatives, there were two speakers, Leonard J. Howie III, Secretary of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and Anthony G. Brown, Lieutenant Governor. Both speakers discussed the importance of hiring veterans and how much value they can add to a company through their experience in the military.

There were many informational sessions provided for the businesses in attendance. These sessions included how to translate military skills into qualifications for job opportunities within the civilian workforce, how to use the Maryland Workforce Exchange website to recruit qualified veterans, and how to become a more “military-friendly” company. All of these sessions offered up a wealth of knowledge that the Recruitment division at 1st Mariner Bank will use.

Operation Pledge to Vets allowed companies to discuss current challenges they face when trying to bring on veterans, and veteran experts offered their advice on how to overcome these challenges. Attending the conference was an excellent way for the Recruitment division of 1st Mariner Bank to network with veteran experts and learn new and efficient ways to hire veterans. At the end of the conference, each employer made a pledge to hire and retain one veteran in 2014. But we hope we can exceed that number! If you are interested in reading more about the conference, visit the Operation Pledge to Vets website: http://OperationVetPledge.com.

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