HRInsights Weekly Lightbulb 02-23

This Week’s HRI “Lightbulb”  – Hiring Veterans

This sentence in the WSJ from February 21, 2012 (p.B9), stopped me as I looked at it, “Hiring veterans isn’t something we should do to make ourselves feel better; it’s something we should do to make our companies better…”.  While translating military skills to civilian job needs is a hurdle, there are proven benefits of hiring employees with military experience.  The SHRM Poll, Military Employment 2012 surveyed organizations that have hired a veteran within the last 36 months.  Its key findings are noted in the graph below.

Benefits of Hiring Employees with Military Experience1

1 Source: SHRM Poll, Military Employment, 2012.

So, do something advantageous for your business while at the same time giving back to those who have given us so much.

Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    I agree with this statement, however as a hiring manager it is difficult, as the article states translating military skills to civilian skills. It would be helpful if the military/government could provide some additional skills that could assist the vets in finding a civilian job. I have been looking for Maintenance Technicians for a client and have interviewed several vets that have military maintenance experience but unfortunately their experience is in a specialized area ( I can see why the military would want individuals that are specialized in one area – this way, they are, the best of the best) and in many cases in the civilian world we need someone with a varied maintenance background.

  2. Mikel says:

    I was struck by the honsety of your posting

  3. That’s an expert answer to an interesting question

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