How Companies Can Hire More Veterans

SANDY, UT - NOVEMBER 4: Veterans register for the "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair November 4, 2011 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. The job fair which had over 100 employers, was for veterans and current active duty military looking for jobs and was sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
(Photo by George Frey)

By Justin Constantine

Justin Constantine is a former Marine, senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Campaign, and a fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

Amazon, Starbucks, and Wal-Mart have all made commitments to employ more veterans as part of a recent hiring trend among businesses. They, and many other companies, recognize that our veterans bring not only incredible leadership experience and a sense of mission to the workplace, but they also value teamwork and feel comfortable taking the initiative in stressful circumstances. Yet there’s a difference between pledging to hire a specific number of veterans and going about the actual process of hiring them.

Hiring managers often don’t understand the experiences that veterans may reference in their resumes and cover letters. Through my work with the Hiring Our Heroes program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which is recruiting big businesses to pledge to hire veterans, I have come away with some simple rules that will help employers looking to add veterans to their workforce.

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