5 Best Practices for Sourcing Veterans as Your Next Hire

Happy Veterans Day from all of us at GradLeaders! We appreciate all those that have served and in honor of this national holiday, we’ve put together a list of best practices when sourcing veterans.

Did you know that nearly 250,000 service members transition out of the armed services every year? That means there’s a talented pool of job seekers looking for military-friendly companies that will put their hard-earned skills to good use. Keep reading for our tips to most effectively source veterans.

1. Research, Research, Research: Be sure to educate yourself on the laws and policies in place that govern the military hiring process. This includes government programs, initiatives and incentives formed to help corporations recruit veterans. A great place to start is The Warrior Transition Command, which features a helpful list of resources such as advice for writing effective job postings and interviewing best practices.

2.  Understand Their Background: Approach veteran recruiting as you would with any candidate by taking the time to learn about their background, experiences, training and skills acquired while on active duty, and their expectations for making the move to a civilian career.

3. Know How to Determine Transferable Skillsets: Did you know that about 80% of all military experience is directly transferrable to the skills needed in the civilian workforce? If you want to align veterans to the right opportunity, you need to understand how to translate military jargon into civilian skills. Use veterans in your organization as mentors for new recruits. These mentors can help prospective employees translate military skills into skills that civilian employers will understand. offers a helpful skills translator you can use.

4. Network With Team Members: Ask your workforce, specifically those that are former military, if they can refer any connections or other veterans for open positions in your company.

5. Use Branding That Resonates: Make your company stand out to veterans by building your brand in the military community. You can highlight veterans that work in your organization and create other marketing materials specially designed for veteran readers.

 Sincerely from all of us at GradLeaders, thank you! Our lives are better because of your sacrifice.


Catie Ewen

Catie Ewen joined the GradLeaders team to create strategic, industry-related marketing and sales materials. Primarily responsible for content and digital marketing efforts, Catie helps GradLeaders build and maintain its brand, while promoting its exclusive network, recruitment technology, and career management tools. Catie graduated from Miami University in 2014, with dual degrees in both Journalism and Mass Communications.

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