Loyal. Determined. Hard working. Committed. Strong. Team Player.
Do these sound like traits in a person you’d want to hire? If so – congratulations! You just gave a job to a veteran.
More and more military veterans are returning from deployment these days – yet, sadly, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans continue to outpace the general unemployment rate by several percentage points. Recently, it hit 10%.
Why? You ask. Well – negative stereotypes among hiring managers, for one. There’s stigma attached to post-9/11 veterans – bosses fear that hiring a veteran means hiring someone who may be unpredictable, or suffer from anxiety, depression or flashbacks. While 7% of returning veterans do suffer from PTSD – a topic we explore here – denying them employment is not only not the solution, it’s also illegal.
And, on average, the cost of accommodating a veteran’s service-related disability is less than $500 – and for these great companies, that’s considered an investment, not a cost!
Here are 5 awesome companies who like to hire veterans:
According to their profile, Comcast seeks out veterans because they believe vets possess a valuable set of skills – like dedication, hands-on problem solving and a “unique” drive. AND this company recently committed to hiring 10,000 veterans in 3 years – looks like their dedication to hiring vets is self-evident!
2. Anthem knows what it means to dedicate yourself to a cause that’s bigger than you, and to truly serve – and that’s why this industry leader considers it an honor to be able to employ those who signed up to give it all for their country.
3. Dell wants to help military veterans focus on healthy lives post-service – this is why they welcome veteran employees, and why they prize the dedication of our military servicemen and women. Dell sees their recruitment of veterans for the job force as one of the ways in which they can thank veterans for their service.
4. Pepsico is interested in hiring veteran personnel “not just in the name of service, but because they help the business win.” They offer the world’s largest portfolio of billion dollar food and beverage brands and are hiring at all levels!
5. Securitas – formerly (and famously!) known as Pinkerton Government Services – gives veterans the ability to continue to serve, protect and grow in a community that values trust, communication and integrity. Veterans can leverage their skills and continue to grow in a field that values their service.
Our military veterans have amassed a great deal of valuable skills over the course of their service - and they have demonstrated bravery, strength, courage and selflessness in their decision to enlist. For a more comprehensive list of companies that prize these qualities, go to Military.com Job Search section.
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