Posted by Robin Erickson, Ph.D. on May 21, 2015.
Would it surprise you to know that as recently as May 2013 more than half (55 percent) of employers surveyed weren’t participating in a recruiting initiative specifically aimed at veterans?1 I find it surprising because the case for hiring veterans is so compelling—it’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do:
Despite compelling reasons for hiring them, veterans have experienced higher unemployment rates than nonveterans since the start of the recession.6 But it’s encouraging to see how many companies are stepping up to try to reverse that trend by implementing a variety of veteran recruiting and hiring initiatives. Here are a few considerations:
These topics and more are explored in more detail in the new Bersin by Deloitte publication, From the Armed Forces to the Workforce: Why Veteran Hiring Is Both the Right Thing to Do and a Smart Move to Make. The report also includes lists of resources to assist organizations in building veteran-friendly hiring practices, job boards to post and search for jobs, and services and publications to help prepare veterans for employment.
I encourage you to make this Memorial Day about more than the start of summer by downloading this complimentary Bersin by Deloitte report that can help you find ways to hire the veterans who have served and returned home.
|Robin Erickson, Ph.D., is the vice president for Talent Acquisition Research at Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP. She writes about various topics in retention and talent acquisition, including integrating with talent management, enhancing quality of hire for critical jobs, leveraging social recruiting to build talent pools, and building a global recruiting function. Follow Robin on Twitter @RAEricksonPhD and visit her blog, Talent Magnetism.|
|1 “Veterans Talent Index,” Monster.com, 2014, www.monster.com/about/veterans-talent-index.
2Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families, 2012.
3From the Armed Forces to the Workforce, Bersin by Deloitte, 2015.
4“The Value of Veterans,” Military.com / Ho Lin, n.d., www.military.com/ veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/value-of-veterans-in-civilian-jobs.html.
5The Business Case for Hiring Veterans, the Corporate Executive Board Company, CEB Corporate Leadership Council, 2013, www.callofdutyendowment.org/ content/dam/atvi/callofduty/code/media_kit/CEB_Hiring_Veterans_Study.pdf.
6“Why is joblessness for veterans so high?” MoneyWatch, Constantine von Hoffman, May 23, 2014, www.cbsnews.com/news/why-is-joblessness-for-veterans-so-high/.
7“Military and Spouses,” usaajobs.com, n.d., www.usaajobs.com/military/ index.html.
8”Technology Education for Veterans and Active Military,” cisco.com, n.d., www.cisco.com/web/learning/netacad/us-can/veterans.html
9Bersin by Deloitte interview.
10 “JBLM hosts nation’s biggest military jobs fair,” The News Tribune / Rob Carson, October 23, 2014, www.thenewstribune.com/2014/10/23/3448428/jblm-hosts-nations-biggest-jobs.html.
11“Companies look for creative ways to bring veterans into their workforce,” The Washington Post / Sarah Halzack, November 10, 2013, www.washingtonpost.com/ business/capitalbusiness/companies-look-for-creative-ways-to-bring-veterans-into-their-workforce/2013/11/08/28d9296e-40aa-11e3-a624-41d661b0bb78_story.html.