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How to Hire a Veteran

Author: David B. Weisenfeld, XpertHR Legal Editor

Military veterans often may bring a host of skills that can aid employers. Nonetheless, many veterans find it difficult to re-enter the workforce as the unemployment rate for returning vets remains above the national average. In 2012, nearly 10 percent of post 9/11 veterans were unemployed compared with 7.9 percent of the general population according to federal statistics.

Some employers lament that they are only too eager to hire a veteran, but have not had any candidates. Others are uncertain how military skills will translate into a civilian job. However, there are good candidates out there for well-intentioned employers if they follow the proper steps.