Are you looking to hire former US military members for your business? Check out this guide to learn more about how to recruit veterans for your jobs.
What’s the secret to building a successful company?
You need to hire the right people.
It sounds so simple. But any recruiting manager can tell you that it’s difficult to find a decent employee to get a job done. Nevermind finding the rock star to drive your company to greatness.
Who doesn’t value an employee with proven problem-solving skills, loyalty, and ambition? These are the values and traits nurtured by military service. Hiring veterans make good business sense.
Recruit veterans successfully by raising visibility and making your needs clear.
Read on to learn more.
If you want to recruit veterans, you need to be obvious about it. Start from the top. A visible top-level veteran doing the recruitment goes a long way in attracting veterans to your company.
Put “veterans preferred” in your recruiting material, in your job descriptions, and on your careers website. These simple changes increase the chance of veterans applying to your company. More applications equal more chances to find a good fit.
Recruit specifically where military personnel (or soon to be veterans) congregate. Near bases and installations are good choices. Network and use specific online resources and support groups for veterans.
Speak the Language to Recruit Veterans
Less than 7% of the working population has seen military service. Recruiters may not know how to translate military ranks and specialties into the civilian job market. Teach your interviewers to read rank and MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) codes.
There are several online helpers to match military candidate experience and skills to civilian job descriptions. Ask your candidates to describe their hard and soft skills, not necessarily the technical experience. Some veterans may not wish to continue doing the same thing.
Be very specific about the positions you are seeking to fill. Give a crystal clear vision of the skills, background, and experience you want. Military candidates expect to “walk the talk”.
Veterans tend to be mission-driven, so expect to explain the company’s values and mission statement.
Highlight the Culture, Highlight Advancement
Nearly 250,000 people transition out of the armed forces each year. All have valuable proven skills and on-the-job experience. The most attractive recruiting companies are the ones who call attention to their own vet success stories.
Highlight jobs where there is already a cadre of successful, disciplined, professional vets. It’s a great way to recruit more. Veterans are comfortable with a clear career progression.
Provide a clear advancement ladder of skills and milestones to attract and retain military candidates. As a bonus, your civilian employees also appreciate understanding what it takes to advance.
Veterans for Company Success
Recruit veterans to bring their skills and experience to your company. Military service reinforces values and moral character valuable to your company culture. To attract more veterans, just get the message out that you want them!