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Improve Your Technical Recruiting By Hiring A Veteran

The goal of most corporate management is hiring the best technical candidates to achieve company goals. Therefore, as a technical recruiter I am always trying to recruit the best technology talent for my client’s staffing needs. This includes recruiting development, process, automation, manufacturing, application, software, construction and civil engineers. Additionally, a cutting-edge specialist in audio signal processing, developer in Java or even a senior tech can be highly valued by a company’s recruitment teams that are seeking to improve their future technology prospects.

This Veterans Day November 11, 2015, is a day to reflect upon those who served our country and preserved our freedom. It is also a chance to share why hiring a veteran can improve your technical recruiting prospects.

Key Facts About Veterans Day

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Veterans Add Up To A Plentiful Talent Source

1.     19.3 million: The number of military veterans in the United States in 2014.

2.     1.7 million: veterans younger than 35.

3.     1.6 million: The number of female veterans in the United States in 2014.

4.     78.9%: non-Hispanic white

5.     11.4%: The percent of veterans in 2014 who were black.

6.     6.1%: The percent of veterans in 2014 who were Hispanic.

7.     Others: 1.5% Asian, 0.7 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander and 1.2 percent were some other race.

Veterans Are Highly Educated

27.2% of veterans 25 years and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2014. In comparison, 30.3 percent of non-veterans had a bachelor’s degree or higher. Though this is a bit lower than non-vets, the wide range of both highly technical equipment currently used in the military combined with the diverse array of problems needed to be solved make veterans a wise choice for many technical recruitment requirements.

Veterans In America’s Workforce

As the most recent statistics indicate, there were 7 million veterans aged 18 to 64 years old in the labor force in 2014. Due to their wide range of military experiences, highly technical equipment now being used in the military and the extreme discipline required for military service, these vets are an integral part of the talent pool in general and technical recruitment in specific.  That is why you should seriously consider interviewing and hiring a veteran for your specific technical recruiting vacancies.  This will greatly improve your significantly improve both your professional and executive ranks now and in the future!

For more extensive statistics on the makeup of veterans please go to the U.S. Census link1

 


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