Are you clients engaged in veteran hiring? The challenges veterans are facing in finding employment has been highlighted repeatedlyin the media this past year. In fact, currently the unemployment rate amongUS veterans is 9%, compared to 6.7%for civilians.As employers become more knowledgable on this issue, they may desire new strategies and procedures to seek out unemployed veterans.

As a recruiter, they will look to you for help and guidance.You will need to translatea veteran'sskills obtainedin military service, into a valuable candidate that meets and/or exceeds the expectations for a specific position in your job market.

How can youovercome these challenges and acquire some of the most talented candidates? Follow these fivesteps.

1. Find Military Talent

There are great resources online for finding military talent such as, Hiring our Heroes or RecruitMilitary. These sites are dedicated to sourcing veterans year-round. If your firm or your clients usea digital interviewing platform, you can advertisewith an on-demand interview link and ensure you are recruiting veterans for your open positions.

You can also register on websites dedicated to veteran hiring and easily look up resumes, military experience and connect with candidates instantly.

2. Pre-screening Veterans

Now that you have a list ofveterans seeking employment, how can you effectively assess their skills when they differ from the job opening requirements?

Using a specific set of questions during a phone interview or a digital interviewing platformfor pre-screening is a great way to give deeper insight into a candidate’s skills, personality, and cultural fit. This allows veterans to tell their story better than a resume ever could and also allows you to assess a candidate’s qualifications quickly and efficiently.

3. Recruit Remotely

Military talent can often be overlooked due to travel costs and time constraints. Creating a digital recruiting strategy guarantees that you and the candidate will not miss out on a perfect fit. Both live and on-demand video interviewing allows candidates from across time zones and regions to connect with active hiring managers and tell their story.

Setting up a virtual career fair is also a great way to source talentfrom around the world, all in one place.

4. Host Military Career Events

Work with local Transitional Assistance Programs (TAP) or other military placement services (such as RecruitMilitary) to maximize your client's military career event efforts. Publicize opportunities through a landing page prior to an event and allow prospective candidates to interview on-demand. From there you can evaluate and select individuals to meet face-to-face at the event itself.

5. Encourage Employers to Join the 100k Jobs Mission Pledge

Over 170 companies have signed upto recruit 100,000 US military veterans since 2011, with many more organizations large and small interested in launching or improving their own military recruiting programs. Encouraging employers to join this pledge will ensure that military recruitment is top of mind and will give them the opportunity to collaborate with other organizations interested in the same goals.

Followingthese fivesteps will put your clients on the right path to hiring veterans in 2015.

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