How Companies Can Work on Hiring More Veterans

How Companies Can Work on Hiring More Veterans

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Companies speak about their veteran hiring experiences.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 1:10pm


Some of the questions I hear from many companies I work with: I’d like to hire veterans, but I’m just not sure what I’m signing up for? What do I need to know? How can I connect with veterans?

The Olympian recently posted a story with some great tips on how to hire more veterans. Mildred Culp offered some excellent ideas to help companies move forward. Here are some of the things she recommends, based on some interviews she did in her neck of the woods.

Kurt Gering, director of talent, culture and capability at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, said the airport authority’s six-month fellowship for two groups of three veterans pays a $28,000 salary plus benefits. During the fellowship, veterans receive career development services, mentoring by veterans already employed there and 24 hours of paid time off for interviewing or activities involving the military.

Army veteran Boris Kogan is beginning to recruit. He’s CEO of the startup SwarmBuild in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Tel Aviv, Israel, an online engineering and digital fabrication marketplace. Kogan said that while a veteran who spent four years in the infantry may not have marketable skills, he or she “probably can operate in an environment of stress and ambiguity.”

Harley Lippman, CEO of Genesis10, headquartered in New York, has found employment for hundreds of veterans in his IT staffing and consulting company. He has also turned veterans away when they couldn’t fit in with his company or client companies. “It’s the right thing to do,” he said.

As for hiring veterans, he added: “People (who were on) the front lines are the most selfless. They’re great employees, because they’re the boldest. They have to be innovative, quick thinkers, team players.”

How can companies make hiring easier? Programs geared toward finding, training and mentoring veterans help. So do job descriptions and checking skills and experience. Read on at our blog for more advice.