Hiring Our Heroes: Veteran Recruitment
July 17th, 2012
It’s no secret that veterans transitioning out of the military face challenges when it comes to finding employment. As HR professionals, we recognize that it is sometimes difficult to remember all of the important steps to take when recruiting, especially recruiting a veteran.
HR Shield has provided the following list of best practices to help business owners and HR professionals better recruit and hire our heroes. Feel free to use this as a checklist for your next recruitment and hire!
- Job Descriptions: When posting your job, make sure the description is specific and clearly outlines the desired skills and experience. If the job is relevant to someone with military experience, make sure to include that information upfront; this will help veterans more easily find your post. The US Chamber of Commerce also has a website for recruiting veteran candidates – make sure to post available jobs on their site as well!
- Have Some Military Background: You don’t have to be a veteran yourself to understand basic military culture. A basic knowledge of the values, structure, policies, challenges, and accomplishments will help establish a stronger relationship with the candidate. They’ve taken the time to learn about your business and culture; take the time to learn about theirs.
- Address Benefits: The military has an extremely easy health care system (in terms of obtaining care). If a military member is sick, injured, or in need of an appointment, they schedule the appointment and go. They may not understand terms like deductibles, co-payments and benefit years. Take your time to review the company’s benefits and answer any questions the candidate may have. Many veterans will have continued coverage provided through the Military’s primary carrier, TriCare. Be prepared to discuss how your company’s policies can work in conjunction with current coverage to enhance the overall benefit offering.
- Explain Your Structure: Explaining your organization’s structure is often important to a Veteran. Veterans are adept to operating within a chain of command, and delegating responsibilities. Let the candidate know who they will be working for, who will guide them, what their responsibilities are, who they report to, and what an “average” day’s schedule looks like.
- Hire for the Right Reason: Many employers are aware that hiring veterans comes with a tax break, but do not hire for that reason. Hire the candidate that is best suited for the job. This will help both the employee and employer grow and succeed.
For more information, questions, or concerns, feel free to contact one of our HR Consultants at HR Shield.