Why Veterans and Civilian Employers Have So Much Trouble Communicating

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By LIDA CITROËN

In his 2015 State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama encouraged American employers to “hire a veteran” if they want to get the job done.

Veterans bring high levels of integrity, commitment, loyalty, flexibility, skills and talents learned in high risk, high stress situations, plus the ability to navigate cultural narratives not taught in most business schools or university environments. So, why aren’t veterans getting hired?

The problem is that the two sides don’t know how to speak to the other.

The tools and information shared with veterans leaving service are inadequately preparing them for the civilian conversation. Corporate hiring managers often feel confused on how to successfully recruit and onboard former military, leading to a disconnect in hiring from this powerful workforce.

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