Talking Talent: How Employers Can Learn to Translate Military Resumes and Hire More Veterans

In this special Veterans Day edition of Talking Talent, we’re talking about how employers can learn to understand and translate military resumes to hire more veterans.

In the last five to 10 years, employers have made strides in veteran hiring. However, there is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to retaining veteran hires. According to a survey by VetAdvisors, 80 percent of veterans leave their first civilian job within the first two years. Employers can help decrease that number by working to place veterans in the right job the first time around. One major component of that is being able to understand a veteran’s skill set and how it translates to civilian work.

Joining us is Carl Vickers, PeopleScout’s Global Veteran Strategy lead. Carl served in the U.S. Air Force during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Technician.

Carl has been with PeopleScout for almost six years. He has been focused on veteran recruitment for more than seven years. He also serves as a Military Liaison with the ESGR (Employer Support of Guard and Reserve) for the State of Indiana.

Carl has been featured in several publications and was a contributing author of a veteran-focused book on employment called “An American Crisis – Veterans Unemployment” which received numerous awards including Top 10 Business Books for 2014 and Top 100 for Amazon. He is also the Editor of PeopleScout’s Military Transition blog – Veteran’s Corner, which provides insight from the professionals on resume development, interviewing skills, as well as networking and many other employment and career-focused articles written entirely by former military and military spouses.

Carl explains specific steps employers can take to help bridge the gap in understanding between military and civilian resumes including best practices for building a training program for civilian employees and who should receive that training. Carl also shares the veteran hiring strategies employed by PeopleScout.

You can access the resources Carl mentions in the podcast here:

You can also learn more in our ebook, Best Practices for Hiring Veterans, updated for 2018. In the book, you’ll learn the most important and effective steps to take when creating a veteran hiring program. We dig deep into the veteran hiring landscape, so you can understand the unique challenges veterans face as they transition into the civilian workforce.

Post by Nicole Fuqua