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Veteran unemployment in America is at 2.9%, down from 4.4% in 2021 . This optimistic outlook is encouraging more and more vets to find a job in the civilian sphere. However, for some, labor reintegration is challenging. While serving in the Armed Forces,  you develop extremely valuable skills , but at the same time many bring home the scars of war - both emotional and physical. In order to get ready for the job market, war...
Almost four million veterans  live with a service-connected disability, which can make it a challenge to perform their best day to day in the workplace. Employers can help out the service men and women working in their offices by taking steps to make the space more accessible to workers with disabilities, including motor, visual, and auditory impairments. Here are some of the best ways that businesses can ensure that their facilities...
We are living in a visual world. In a previous blog post we talked about headshots on a resume , but video resumes are becoming more widely accepted. Ashley White, who is Human Resources Director for APQC says this: "I would suggest that a candidate never put a headshot in their resume UNLESS part of the role requires that they do so, i.e. a model or television personality.  Normal human instinct is to form...
Creating a welcoming environment is a good start, but hiring—and retaining—skilled, quality veteran workers are going to take more than that. You’ll need to implement a strategy to develop good career opportunities for veterans that will attract them to your company, if you want to position the organization as a veteran-friendly employer. Here’s how to get started doing this. Consider Expanding Current...
As we start to recover from the pandemic years and the Great Resignation, the current unemployment rate is lower than it has been in five decades. The competition is tough among employers for loyal, highly skilled workers, and companies are increasingly looking for new avenues to find the staff they need. Hiring veterans is one way to expand the talent pool, and these strategies will help not only to recruit but to retain qualified...
Recruiters might think interviewing for a veteran job placement is just like any other interview. In some respects, it is. There are certain questions you should always ask, to get a measure of the candidate in front of you. With veterans, however, there are some you should actively avoid. We’ve broken out the differences for you here. Questions You Should Ask Candidates Why do you believe you’re the right person for...
Does hiring military veterans make business sense? Some business owners are still hesitant about hiring veterans, for many reasons. For example, veterans are often regarded as behaviorally-unpredictable, ticking time bombs who have nothing to offer businesses except combat stories. Well, the truth is these are just rumors and stereotypes based on few examples, often unsupported by any evidence. Here’s how Psychology Today...
Would you hire Morgan Freeman to work for your small business? Of course, he’s a famous actor who can bring a lot of attention, and therefore, sales, so your answer is a most definite yes. But what about when he left the Air Force and was looking for a job without a significant professional background? That’s a whole other story, right? Freeman, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 and 1959, was struggling day by...
Recruiting the right employee for the position is challenging at the best of times, whether you’re hiring a veteran or someone with no military experience whatsoever. Conversely, hiring the wrong employee is a mistake that can cost you big in time, money and staff goodwill. This makes it essential to get it right, and in companies without a formal HR process, these tips will be very helpful. Create a Detailed Job Description Before...
It’s good news that veteran unemployment has dropped over the past few years, according to the  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics —for veterans, that is—but it’s not quite such a great development for companies. The incentives that motivated businesses to target and employ former military personnel are now harder to qualify for, simply because there are fewer top veteran candidates available to choose from....
Your fave threads might just not be the right thing to wear to that interview ! How you present yourself during an interview can impact your success as much as the information on your resume, and showing up dressed inappropriately is an easy way to get off on the wrong foot. In today’s more casual work environment, interviews for military veteran jobs don’t necessarily require a suit and tie or dress and heels. That...
If your company has a goal to hire military veterans, one way to achieve this objective is to earmark certain jobs for military vets. Doing this will enable you to focus your recruitment activities on filling those positions from the ranks of available veterans, helping you to avoid compromising your principles in times when it’s difficult to find the right workers. Here are some ways to do this effectively.  Look for a...