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Utilizing veterans' skills: applying their talent to fill the skills gap

Posted by Dan Rodriguez, CEO Veredus | Hays, on Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day US companies are tackling skills gaps by tapping into the ex-military talent pool. These highly skilled veterans are being targeted for engineering and project management positions to help bolster the workforce in these skill short areas.

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology reported that there are “200,000 men and women transitioning out of the military each year.” This is a significant number of skilled people who can be targeted to address knowledge gaps. The advantages of zeroing in on veterans are that they have undergone rigorous training and display exceptional skills in leadership, teamwork, diversity, core values, time management and organization to name a few.

The Staffing Industry Analysts says, “Veterans are being recruited most commonly for science, technology, engineering and math jobs.”

Many companies including AT&T, Cisco and Microsoft, have pledged to hire veterans and others are offering training programs to aid the transition into the civilian workforce with great success.

One veteran applied his military skills to become a software development engineer after serving five years in in the army. After his service he attended a job fair where he was recruited for a quality assurance tester on Microsoft games.

There are several positions in IT that can utilize veteran’s skills including help desk support, network engineer, hardware engineer and tech support and areas of construction such as health and safety and project management.

Get in touch to find out about targeting specific talent pools and how it can fix improve skills shortages.

Today we remember the men and women who dedicated their lives for our freedom. We also thank all the men and women who continue to serve and protect our country.

Thank you to our heroes.

Find out more about Dan Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer.

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