Humana’s David Best, Senior Talent Management Professional and Veteran Hiring Initiative Leader, recently spoke with DiversityInc. about Humana’s military recruitment and outreach efforts.
“Humana has a deep commitment to the veteran and military spouse population,” David said. “As a longtime partner to the Department of Defense’s TRICARE program, Humana currently administers health benefits for more than 6 million active duty military and retirees as well as their families across 32 states.
“Since the inception of TRICARE in 1996, Humana has worked to improve the lives entrusted to our care by partnering with the Government to create the right access, better health outcomes, and simplified experiences.
“As part of our relationship, we actively seek veterans and military spouses because we understand they’re part of a distinct and highly skilled professional talent pool.”
He added, “To help maintain our commitment, we have a talent manager dedicated to veterans and military spouses. This role provides national outreach through partnerships with organizations serving veterans and military spouses. We send a list of open roles twice monthly to our partners as well as provide career coaching, resume and interview assistance, and advocacy to recruiters and hiring managers. The talent manager works with recruiters and hiring managers to bridge the gap on translation of military skills to the corporate environment.”
He also noted the importance of Humana’s Veterans Network Resource Group (VNRG).
“Our VNRG is instrumental in promoting the hiring of veterans and military spouses,” he said. “Members act as ambassadors wherever they are located and refer veteran/military spouse talent to the program manager of the veterans hiring initiative. We also invite members to attend career events with the talent acquisition team as well as represent Humana at veteran events.”
David said, “I directly credit our VNRG for helping me to have a solid second career. The networking opportunities, the volunteering opportunities and the relationships have inspired me to become more involved. Because of my involvement with our VNRG, I’ve been able to pay back what has been given to me during my time here at Humana.”
Read the full interview here.