Wednesday, August 14, 2013

How to Find Companies Committed to Hiring Veterans

Introducing Rachael McDermott, a career coach at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  She volunteers through Hope For The Warriors® and will be hosting a webinar next Tuesday titled Navigating LinkedIn.
Today she highlights ways to find companies that are hiring veterans.
Many companies have committed to hiring veterans - at least they say they will.  I’m sure effectiveness of these programs varies but veterans could take advantage of this goodwill by seriously considering these companies as potential employers.  How can you find these companies? has a Veteran Jobs section with a listing of military friendly employers.

GI Jobs Magazine features a listing of top 100 military friendly companies.
Check out the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of top employers committed to hiring 100,000 veterans by 2020.

Simply google “corporate military recruiting program” or “corporate veteran recruiting program” to see what else comes up. 
Join the website LinkedIn to access groups devoted to transitioning military or veterans.  Recruiters at companies that want to hire military often post job openings in the groups and you can connect with them and send them messages through the site.

Similarly, the Hero2Hired site features industry groups where veterans and employers can interact and recruiters post jobs.
Check out as many veteran career fairs as possible.  Get connected with veteran service organizations like Hope For The Warriors® as many have employment programs and connections with employers wanting to hire veterans.  Here in Massachusetts, there are career centers statewide each with a veteran’s representative to work with you.  Sometimes employers connect with these reps to conduct recruiting/hiring events with the veterans the rep is working with.  The VA vocational rehab folks are another similar resource. 

If you are in the Guard or Reserves, your state’s branch of ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves) may be able to connect you to employers in touch with their offices to hire from the Guard and Reserves.  Find your state’s contact here.  Our Mass ESGR office has an email list featuring job postings and career fairs and sometimes organizes events with employers to meet service members.

For tips on how to research these companies further and contact them, please attend my webinar on using the website LinkedIn for job searching on Tuesday, August 20th at 5:30 pm EST.  You'll need good internet connection and a way to listen - either with a headset or computer speakers.  Contact Katie Tame at for more information or to sign up for the webinar.

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