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Find your path to hiring and retaining veterans and military spouses. Here’s everything you need to succeed.

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We've created and compiled the best resources for hiring veterans and organized them in three categories. Discover best practices by exploring all our articles and tools.


Business value

What is the business value of recruiting veteran workers?

  • With drive, efficiency, skills, training and strong leadership ability, veterans rise to the top.
  • Hiring military spouses can connect you to a community filled with exceptional talent and experience.

The situation regarding tax benefits for hiring veterans is in flux. It pays to stay informed.

Wounded veterans

What can we do to accommodate the needs of wounded veterans?

  • When veterans reveal a physical or mental disability, employers must accommodate them.
  • There are ways to avoid unintentional discrimination against a disabled worker.
  • The Department of Labor’s Heroes at Work program and other resources keep you informed.
  • Find comprehensive veteran hiring guides from the Department of Labor, U.S. Chamber and other groups.
  • You’re not alone. Use social networking to post jobs, share info and learn from others.
  • Job banks, resource directories, job centers and one-stop career advice are readily available.
  • Some government programs combine hiring resources with on-the-job training.
  • There are resources available to help you provide opportunity for our wounded heroes.

Transitioning

How can we help our transitioning veteran employees thrive?

  • Common sense and thoughtfulness go a long way toward welcoming veterans.
  • Make things clear with open dialogues, structure and scheduled discussions.
  • Employer webinars can give you additional insights.
  • Make the transition easier by creating a mentoring program for veterans.
  • Employee resource groups provide organized professional and social support.
  • Military Spouse Employment Partnership programs are key to the White House Joining Forces campaign.
  • Awards are a big deal in the military—and they could be for your company as well.
  • There are ways to show appreciation without shining a spotlight on humble veterans.

Training

What training tools and resources are out there to help us support veterans?

  • Other companies’ innovative and proven ideas can serve as models for your own program.
  • Apprenticeships and internships provide cost-effective training.
  • Job banks, resource directories, job centers and one-stop career advice are readily available.
  • Some government programs combine hiring resources with on-the-job training.
  • There are resources available to help you provide opportunity for our wounded heroes.

Resume translation

Where can I find veteran resume translation tools?

  • Veterans are highly trained by the military, and they are quick learners.
  • Veterans are not afraid of hard work. In fact, they seek it out.
  • Appreciating a veteran’s experience requires a familiarity with military jobs and terminology.
  • Understand certifications, licenses and military training.
  • Learn the best way to evaluate a veteran’s credentialing.

Hiring process

How can we tailor our hiring process for veterans and military spouses?

  • Proper interviewing techniques can help you better understand a veteran’s full potential.
  • Get veterans talking. Make them comfortable. Set an easygoing tone.
  • Check out our sample questions designed to help get you started.
  • Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Capital One’s mission to hire 500,000 heroes.
  • Fill out a short pledge form, receive your Web sticker and display your support.
  • It’s not just the right thing to do—it’s the smart thing.
  • You can participate in hiring fairs hosted by military-specific recruitment firms.
  • Look beyond the Monster-sized job boards for those tailored to the needs of veterans.
  • Industry-specific training programs help you focus your veteran recruitment efforts.

Guard & reserve

What do we need to know about employees in the Guard & Reserve?

  • The vast majority of veterans have no health issues—and that includes post-traumatic stress.
  • Most Guard and Reserve activity is scheduled and predictable.
  • Don’t underestimate military spouses—they’re experienced and educated.
  • Military branches: what they’re called and what their ranks mean.
  • Get familiar with the acronyms you’ll see on veterans’ resumes.
  • Of the 2.2 million men and women serving, about 830,000 are in the Guard and Reserve.
  • Get to know your employees’ military commanders. And get comfortable calling them.
  • Make your support a company-wide policy. Put it in writing.
  • Beyond letter writing, there are more ways to support deployed employees and their families.
  • Cross-training can reduce the impact of deployment and make your workforce stronger.
  • Good planning will let your veteran employees know that someone has their backs.

Hiring fairs

How do we make the most of our participation in hiring fairs?

  • HOH has hosted over 750 hiring fairs—you can register for the next one for free.
  • Learn to speak military and more at a free HOH webinar for employers.
  • The Personal Branding Resume Engine is a military skills translating machine.
  • You can participate in hiring fairs hosted by military-specific recruitment firms.
  • Look beyond the Monster-sized job boards for those tailored to the needs of veterans.
  • Industry-specific training programs help you focus your veteran recruitment efforts.

Military spouses

What qualities make military spouses exceptional employees?

  • With drive, efficiency, skills, training and strong leadership ability, veterans rise to the top.
  • Hiring military spouses can connect you to a community filled with exceptional talent and experience.
  • Their skills may have been learned in unconventional ways, but they are no less effective.
  • Meet military spouses through networking events and tap into an important resource.
  • Learn how Military Spouse Employment Partnership's 200-plus members have hired more than 50,000 military spouses.
  • Companies are helping military spouses’ careers stay on track.
  • State-by-state professional licensing issues are being addressed.
  • Efforts to retain military spouse employees are resulting in real benefits.
  • More than 85 percent of military spouses have taken college-level courses.
  • Military spouses often gain a great deal of experience through volunteer work.
  • There are valuable resources available for hiring military spouses.

Education

How do veterans get the education they need to keep advancing?

  • Grants are available to veterans for college—money that doesn’t have to be paid back.
  • Many education loans made to veterans can be deferred while they are on active duty.
  • Through the G.I. Bill, veterans are reimbursed for up to 100 percent of college tuition.
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