Actually, many of you already are – and to your benefit, too.
According to a recent CareerBuilder survey on military veterans re-entering the workforce, 41 percent of employers reported that they have hired U.S. veterans or members of the National Guard in the last six months. Just over 20 percent said they are actively recruiting veterans and members of the National Guard for open positions today – most commonly in the areas of information technology, engineering, management and sales.
So what makes this group of workers so special that employers are specifically targeting them? Survey participants also listed the top attributes they associated with military personnel:
- Disciplined approach to work (cited by 68 percent of employers surveyed)
- Ability to work as part of a team (63 percent)
- Respect and integrity (57 percent)
- Leadership (50 percent)
- Problem-solving skills (46 percent)
- Ability to perform under pressure (44 percent)
- Communication skills (37 percent)
To further help companies find employees with these valuable skill sets, CareerBuilder recently launched MissionGetHired.com, dedicated to helping match employers and military personnel. Veterans and National Guard members can identify employers who are sensitive to their employment needs, while employers can benefit from targeting these uniquely skilled workers for their positions.