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Businesses Place Higher Priority on Hiring Veterans, but there’s Work to Be Done

Posted by Brian Sorenson on November 9, 2016

Topics: Workforce Development, Recruiting Talent, Veterans

This week Stars and Stripes shared some promising news about veteran hiring trends in the U.S., courtesy of a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes initiative. According to the report, veterans are now among the top three recruiting targets for companies. Large businesses (defined as those with more than 1,000 employees) have made particularly notable efforts to hire veterans, with 90 percent of HR and hiring manager respondents noting that veteran recruitment is important for their businesses.

The study also provided insight into the positive attributes HR professionals identify in military veterans. Of common attributes, 86 percent of professionals were more likely to identify veterans as being disciplined, 77 percent were more likely to say that veterans are inclined to be punctual or timely, 67 percent said veterans are often team players and 61 percent said veterans are hardworking.

Not all findings were positive, however. Close to 70 percent of survey respondents reported that their organizations provide no special support to veterans during onboarding. Further, when asked to rank their military knowledge on a scale of one to 10 (with 10 representing extreme familiarity and one being not at all familiar), only 20 percent of respondents ranked their knowledge at eight or higher.

It's clear that organizations are making tremendous strides in recruiting and supporting veterans. Yet more work must be done within organizations to identify veterans’ strengths and opportunities to improve policies to encourage employing veterans.

CAEL is a proud supporter of veterans and works with organizations and academic institutions to better service their employment and education needs. To find out how CAEL is working toward its mission of providing meaningful learning, credentials and work for very veteran, click here.

To read the full Stars and Stripes article, click here. To review the Hiring Our Heroes report “Veterans in the Workplace: Understanding the challenges and creating long-term opportunities for veteran employees,” click here (PDF).