A recent poll of employers suggests that military hiring is on the rise — but also that a gap persists when it comes to civilian employers’ ability to decode the jargon on military resumes and/or job-seeking veterans’ ability to communicate their skills and experience effectively.
More than three-quarters of human resources professionals in the poll — conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) — said a skills map that translates military job skills into civilian job skills would help “a lot” or “somewhat” as they review resumes and job applications.
The poll also found that human resources managers who were interested in hiring veterans were not always clear on how to connect with them. Only 13 percent of those polled said their organization is “very aware” of effective resources for finding veteran candidates, while 35 percent said their organization is “not at all aware.”
“Human resource managers are keen to hire military veterans but they don’t know how to find them and once they find them, they may not understand the military skills jargon on the resume,” said Mark Schmit, vice president of research at SHRM.
The good news: Sixty-four percent of those polled said they’d hired military veterans during the past 36 months, up from the 53 percent who said likewise in 2010.
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