Corporate Recruiters are looking for these skills:

  • Self confidence and the maturity to accept responsibility
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Creative thinking and the ability to be flexible as well as adaptable
  • Positive attitude – a “can do” approach to the job
  • Sense of humor in the workplace can help with day-to-day changes
  • Ability to balance life and work

10 Reasons to Hire Veterans

1. Accelerated learning curve.
Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real-world situations. This background can enhance your organization’s productivity.

2. Leadership.
The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation, and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.

3. Teamwork.
Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one’s colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes relate to each other and an overarching objective.

4. Diversity and inclusion in action.
Veterans have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion, and economic status as well as mental, physical, and attitudinal capabilities. They have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals.

5. Efficient performance under pressure.
Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.

6. Respect for procedures.
Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates’ actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.

7. Technology and globalization.
Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.

8. Integrity.
Veterans know what it means to do “an honest day’s work.” Prospective employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness.

9. Conscious of health and safety standards.
Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property, and materials.

10. Triumph over adversity.
In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina, and flexibility. They may have overcome personal disabilities through strength and determination.

Helpful Links

Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)
This site provides veterans, reservists, and National Guard members with information on the rights and benefits associated with securing employment.

USERRA Resource Guide
This site provides employers and reservists with a clearly written, simplified guide to the USERRA law. Under this law, a person who leaves a civilian job to perform military service (voluntarily or involuntarily) may be entitled to return to his or her civilian job after discharge or release from his or her military obligation if the service member meets basic eligibility criteria.

America’s Service Locator
This site is the quickest and easiest way to identify your local One-Stop Career Center and get in touch with workforce professionals.

America’s Job Bank
This is an electronic labor exchange that provides job seekers and employers a marketplace in which to find each other over the Internet at no cost to them.

The Department of Defense Job Search
This site is designed to assist separating service members in their job search by providing an entry to America’s Job Bank. This site and America’s Job Bank are operated and maintained by the Department of Labor.

America’s Career InfoNet (ACINet)
This site provides a wealth of information to help your transition/job search process. Watch one of over 450 career videos to get an idea of what a job entails; learn what education, knowledge, skills, and abilities are needed for over 900 different occupations; find typical wages and employment trends across occupations and industries by locality, state, or nationwide; search for employer contact information; use a variety of career tools to help you make decisions on employment goals; and much more!

Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development
OVBD is dedicated to serving the veteran entrepreneur by formulating, executing, and promoting policies and programs of the agency that provide assistance to veterans seeking to start and develop small businesses.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Veterans Information
This site contains information for job-seeking veterans, veterans currently employed by the federal government, and federal human resources specialists. This site will assist individuals in determining a veteran’s special rights and privileges for federal civil service employment.

Vets Resource Connection
This site provides information and resources related to employment, reemployment, training, education, and benefits for our nation’s veterans.

e-VETS Resource Advisor
The e-VETS Resource Advisor assists veterans preparing to enter the job market. It includes information on a broad range of topics, such as job search tools and tips, employment openings, career assessment, education and training, and benefits and special services available to veterans.

For members of all services and ranks, our website offers the separating service member the most up-to-date information on building a marketable and successful Individual Transition Plan. Written by former career military officers, they take the reader through the job search process from initial assessment of one’s military experience, to the job market, job sources, networking, resume design, use of the Internet, the interview process, and finally salary negotiation and company benefit plans- all the tools necessary for securing a civilian job.

Career Resources

Military Resumes

Military Resume Tips – Tips on how to write the best resumes
Military Resume Example – Examples of military resumes
Cover Letters – Tips and examples of cover letters for your resume
Military Aviation Resumes – Examples of military aviation resumes
Résumés & Letters of Recommendation – help and advice
Military-to-Civilian Transition Resume Service – Online Service

Military to Civilian Transition

Military Transition – How to best present yourself to civilian companies
Military Transition Reading List – Reading list recommended by top military corporate recruiters
Negotiating a Salary – What salary are you looking for?
Hire Veterans – Find out why Companies are looking for veterans
Federal Government Jobs – Tips and advice on how to find a Federal Job

Prepare for the Interview

Corporate Interview – Overview on how to prepare for your corporate interview
Behavior-Based Interviews Behavioral interviewing is a relatively new mode of job interviewing
Interview Questions – Prepare for the typical corporate job interview questions
Communications – Get some advice and tips from the pros on how to communicate better

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