Last Sunday, our country paused to reflect on the sacrifices of our veterans - both in the field and those returning from service. As vets arrive home and join the workforce, they begin to look for companies and organizations that are supporting the transition into the next phase of their lives.
According to a new CareerBuilder study, 29 percent of employers are making moves to actively recruit veterans, up 9 points from 2011. Twenty-two percent plan to add members of the National Guard to their employee roster, up 8 points from last year. Verizon is one of many companies on this year’s list of military-friendly employers, which looks at companies’ military recruiting efforts, policies and retention programs.
For those who are looking to pave their own way in the workforce, more and more vets are also exploring the possibility of creating their own business. CNBC reports that the creation of small businesses by recent veterans can actually improve a wavering economy, as vets explore entrepreneurial opportunities that match their unique skills and experience.
Taking a moment to thank our veterans is important. But reaching out and lending a hand is even more vital to give back to those who have served our country.