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.


  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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