Considering that military veterans learn leadership, persistence and the ability to think under pressure, not to mention a wide range of skills that transfer to civilian jobs, wouldn’t you think employers would be snapping them up? Think again. According to a recent study, veterans of post-9/11 wars have a 10 percent unemployment rate, higher than the national average. The younger the veteran, the more likely he or she is to be unemployed.
There are many reasons business owners aren’t hiring veterans, ranging from lack of understanding of what the military does to fears that all veterans suffer from mental health issues. On veterans’ parts, they often struggle to translate their military careers into terms civilians can understand or to create resumes that adequately convey their skills and experience to a non-military audience.
For entrepreneurs who are willing to put forth a little effort, however, hiring a veteran can reward you with a loyal and self-motivated employee who will bring a lot to your business. Not to mention that The Returning Heroes Tax Credit offers businesses incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit doubles the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for hiring service-disabled, long-term unemployed veterans to up to $9,600.
Thanks to the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, which has already surpassed its goal to hire 100,000 veterans and military spouses into the private sector by the end of 2013, there are more resources than ever to guide businesses in recruiting, hiring and training military veterans. Here are a few places to begin:
- America’s Heroes at Work http://www.americasheroesatwork.gov/forEmployers/HiringToolkit
- GI Bill information http://www.gibill.va.gov
- Hiring Our Heroes http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes
- More than 2,800 One-Stop Career Centers nationally help employers recruit veterans. Find your local One-Stop Career Center.
- The Value of a Veteran http://www.thevalueofaveteran.com/
- The Department of Veterans’ Affairs https://www.vetsuccess.va.gov
- White House guide to hiring veterans http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/white_house_business_council_-_guide_to_hiring_veterans_0.pdf
Once you’ve done a little research into the ins and outs of hiring vets, post jobs at these website for veterans:
- Veterans Job Bank https://www.nrd.gov/home/veterans_job_bank
- Hero2Hired https://h2h.jobs
- Hire Veterans http://www.hireveterans.com/
- Hire Heroes USA https://www.hireheroesusa.org/
- MilitaryHire http://employers.militaryhire.com/
- Recruit Military http://recruitmilitary.com/employers