Magazine article Talent Development

Welcoming Veterans to Work: Hiring Veterans Is on the Rise; Fewer Veterans Report Unemployment

Magazine article Talent Development

Welcoming Veterans to Work: Hiring Veterans Is on the Rise; Fewer Veterans Report Unemployment

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According to a survey by CareerBuilder, approximately one-third of employers (33 percent) are actively recruiting veterans. This number has increased from 27 percent in 2012, and 20 percent in 2011.

Whereas more than half of the 286 working veterans surveyed still think that identifying as a veteran on their resumes will be disadvantageous, half of employers state that they actually pay more attention to applications and resumes submitted by U.S. veterans. And if given the choice between a candidate who is a veteran and one who is not, 68 percent of employers say they are more likely to hire a veteran.

The benefits of hiring a veteran are plenty. Employers commonly attest to their integrity, disciplined approach to work, wide-ranging skills, strong management and leadership ability, teamwork affinity, ability to perform under pressure, and consistency.

Top jobs for veterans are typically in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. The positions into which veterans are most commonly recruited are IT manager/network administrator, customer service rep, and computer programmer. …

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