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Consider bringing in the talent of army veterans

Posted on November 9th, 2012 Read time: 1 minutes

In anticipation of Veteran's Day this weekend, one study finds that nearly two-thirds of employers would hire military veterans over other equally qualified candidates.

Despite mediocre employment rates in most industries, 29 percent of employers say they are actively recruiting veterans to work for their organizations and 22 percent are planning on adding members of the National Guard to their headcount, according to a CareerBuilder survey. Both numbers are up from last year.

The survey measured results from 2,655 hiring managers and HR administration representatives. According to the study, employers are seeking the leadership and technical skills that military training provides. Three in 10 respondents are hoping to fill information technology positions with veterans.

"Today’s military is a well-educated, professional, all-volunteer force," said Elaine Howard from Military Times. "So when troops join the civilian workforce, they bring with them skills, discipline and unmatched drive."

According to the survey, while information technology is the most common employer of U.S. service men and women, customer service brings in 23 percent, engineering welcomes 22 percent and both sales and manufacturing hire 20 percent each.

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