Dedicated to Hiring and Helping Veterans

By Julie Moffett

Watermark is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business committed to hiring U.S. veterans. We are a VetBiz-certified company and provide mentoring and support for transitioning veterans. Our president and owner, Kevin Hodges, a former veteran himself, personally offers mentoring on transition to potential candidates prior to leaving the military.  

It begins with our leadership team maintaining an open-door policy to provide access for one-on-one counsel and support throughout the entire employment life cycle. It continues with an introduction to our inclusive, family-oriented company culture and leadership opportunities, annual skills training, employer paid professional development opportunities, robust benefit offerings, profit sharing, performance bonuses, and referral bonuses. Watermark invests extra effort to assist our veterans with tasks they may not have had much experience with while in service such as, interpreting their paycheck, detailed explanations of benefits options, and demonstrations and training for utilization of our technology platforms including email, employee resource portal, and timekeeping system.  

Watermark also offers a comprehensive leadership and management program for all site supervisors and veteran personnel. Our program focuses on two core areas to help veterans with a successful acclimation to the civilian workforce. We also provide a Defense Contracting course where we provide the contract requirements of each contract, the importance of the leadership deliverables for the client, hours management, and any unique requirements impacting the employee’s contribution to the effort. Additionally, all Watermark personnel are encouraged to seek certification in career related subjects such as SHRM, PMP, CPP, PE, etc., by offering a full-cost reimbursement program for position/contract related certifications.  

The Washington Post recently named Watermark as a 2023 Top Workplace for our dedication to our employees and clients. We have won additional workplace awards from the Washington Business Journal and been recognized as one of Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Businesses. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Watermark the Vet Hire Gold Medallion Award in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 for our commitment and dedication to hiring American veterans and helping transition military personnel to civilian life. For more information on working with Watermark, check out our open opportunities here:

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