Over the years I've experienced many companies who have successfully tapped into transitioning military talent pools.
Veterans need jobs and companies want to hire them. So what's the problem?
1) The language barrier:
Military occupations in many ways are similar to civilian jobs although civilians don't understand the military jargon and transitioning military unfortunately do not know how to appropriately package their skill sets, training and experience. Companies should research Military Occupation Codes which align with their needs to better target prime candidates. Research can start by using this crosswalk tool
2) Locations have no boundaries:
Active transitioning military can relocate anywhere on Uncle Sam's dime, but the hiring companies need to know what military bases are ripe with their needed skill sets. Transitioning talent pools located at overseas military installations should be extremely ripe for global hiring as well.
3) Civilian soldiers are everywhere:
Companies need to need to research local National Guard and Reserve units which, once again, could be ripe with local talent. Have you researched units around your company’s various locations?
Don't forget military hires also provide a solid set of attributes
many companies do not fully realize.
If your organization is truly committed to hiring veterans these are great places to start and If you would like more information around veteran hiring please feel free to contact me.
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