tilr’s Commitment to the Military Community

Summer, tilr’s COO, shares her personal passion for helping the military community.

By: Summer Crenshaw

If you ask each co-founder of tilr, each person has a different core passion for the creation of the technology. Empowerment is at the core of all of our values, whether it be for the worker, for the employer, or for specific groups. My personal passion happens to be for ending discrimination and a personal passion for the military community, specifically veterans and caregivers.

 

In 2007, my husband, John, was deployed to Iraq for a year as a Combat Engineer, clearing routes of roadside bombs. Yes, this was exactly as it sounds. He looked for bombs. For a year. Specifically, for our first year of marriage.

 

I will save you the details on all of the ups and downs of deployments, though essentially the ups are the reunion periods, and the downs – nearly everything else to do with a deployment. If I were to fast forward our story to the point when he returned to the civilian world, it was at that point in time that I really started to form my passion for supporting our military veterans and caregivers alike.

 

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Some of the strongest people I have had the good fortune of knowing in my life have been a part of my military family. A family is made up of service members, their spouses and extended families. One of the hardest challenges faced by the military family is the ability to earn a living once outside of the military. This is not for lack of ability, lack of proper skillset, or even motivation, the majority of the time it is due to the lack of knowledge by the civilian sector to understand what it means to hire a veteran, or their caregiver. Gaps in employment often eliminate veterans, military spouses and caregivers from the opportunities they seek, as many civilian employers do not understand the nature of the service member or their family. Translating MOS (Military Occupational Speciality) to civilian skills can be difficult for a hiring manager to understand. And even more, there tends to be a bias that occurs around those with disabilities or those caring for disabled veterans.

 

This was one of the drivers for the co-founding team. We wanted to eliminate bias in the hiring process for all that are discriminated against, by introducing the first true algorithmic hiring solution.

 

tilr focuses on skills rather than job titles, keywords or even resumes. By matching on skills to company requirements, tilr essentially eliminates much of the bias experienced by veterans and caregivers (and others alike). Veterans can easily identify the skills they have and those skills directly match to requirements companies have for their job opportunities. The tilr algorithm makes the match, thus eliminating bias and discrimination that may occur during the traditional sourcing and screening process.

 

As we remember those who have served on Veterans Day, please #thankavet. To the veterans and family members that support them, I personally thank you for your service. Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed. I also would like to thank my husband, John, for what he did in service and must also say thank you to all the veterans of the 478th Engineer Battalion, and their families.