U.S. companies are focusing their employment efforts on military veterans, some working independently and others forming coalitions to pool resources and combine efforts to share information and help job seekers.
Further, analysts are identifying some of the most common obstacles to veterans getting hired. CareerBuilder's survey found that veterans don't always identify their veteran status on their resume yet companies actually want them to, and it also found that veterans tend to describe their skills using military jargon, which isn't always useful to hiring managers. Some employers report concerns about the after effects of combat stress, even though many admit that a degree of their notions could be rooted in uninformed stereotypes, according to results from the Center for a New American Security.
One group of employers working together to help veterans find jobs is the 100,000 Jobs Mission initiative, which JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) began with just 11 companies in 2011 and which has now grown to 99 companies. The coalition aims to combat challenges that veterans face when trying to re-enter the civilian workforce.
Similar efforts include the Obama administration's Veterans Opportunity to Work Act and Michelle Obama and Jill Biden's Joining Forces initiative.
Besides these initiatives are hiring conferences. The Lucas Group lists dozens of ongoing hiring conferences on its site. Bradley-Morris, Inc., the largest military-focused recruiting firm in the U.S. and parent company of CivilianJobs.com and HireMilitary.com, has recruitment events scheduled for March 25 in Las Vegas, Nev., and in Norfolk, Va. Its annual Most Valuable Employers list promotes companies that hire the most veterans and it just announced finalists for the 2013 honors, many of whom will be present at the 100,000 Jobs Mission coalition's major job fair on April 11 at the Dallas Convention Center.
Here is military recruitment information for 10 of the major companies that will be actively recruiting at the Dallas hiring event:
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Shell Oil Company
Textron Marine & Land Systems
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