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Military Employment Resource Page

The Society for Human Resource Management is working with two groups to help employers recruit and retain current and former members of the military. Read below for more information on how the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) can help HR professionals find, hire and retain skilled military service members. More

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8 in 10 Employers Lack Recruitment Programs for Veterans
As the nation honors its veterans on Memorial Day, a new survey exposes the challenges veterans face in transitioning from military service to the civilian work world.

Hire More Heroes Act Excludes Veterans from PPACA's Employee Count
The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill on Jan. 6, 2015, excluding veterans from the count of how many employees an employer has for purposes of the employer mandate and penalty under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

St. Paul Violated Veterans Preference Act in Hiring for Parks Job
The city of St. Paul, Minn., violated state law in refusing to give extra points under the Veterans Preference Act to a disabled veteran applying for a park supervisor job, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs decided.

Tips on Hiring Veterans
What better time to kick off a recruitment initiative targeting military service members and veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce than now, with tens of thousands of these professionals returning home from recent overseas deployments?

DOL Salutes Female Veterans in STEM Fields
Female veterans’ contributions to the military and the workforce were spotlighted during the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) annual Salute to Veterans on Nov. 10, 2014, in Washington, D.C. A panel of former military members examined strategies for promoting the hiring of veterans, as well as employing female veterans in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

VETS-4212 Form Reduces Paperwork Burden
Finally, some relief for federal contractors has come from regulators in Washington, D.C., who have simplified the way contractors report on the number of employees and new hires who are veterans covered by the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), as amended.

SHRM, Easter Seals Partner to Boost Veteran Employment
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services are partnering to provide hiring managers and HR professionals nationwide with resources to recruit and hire U.S. veterans. In launching the effort, SHRM and the Dixon Center are focusing on Southern California-the geographic area with the highest concentration of unemployed veterans in the United States.

American Legion Addressing Veteran Credentialing
Training costs to sync military veterans' skills with those needed for civilian jobs, as well as administrative fees for related credentialing, can be prohibitive for many enlisted personnel. But there's work being done to help alleviate the burden.

Contractors Must Now Comply With Parts of Disability, Veterans Rules 
Federal contractors must comply with new affirmative action requirements encouraging the hiring of people with disabilities and veterans.


Top Jobs that Capitalize on Vets’ Training, Skills
Job site lists good job with good pay that match up with the skills of many military veterans.

Is VA's Vocational Rehab and Employment Program Effective?
A Government Accountability Office report released January 2014 revealed that, although the VA has made some improvements to its vocational rehabilitation and employment program, performance and workload management issues remain.

Hiring Vets the Right Way
The Audi Veterans to Technicians program exemplifies a trend in employers hiring U.S. veterans to take advantage of a highly skilled and growing pool of talent.

SHRM Toolkit: Make Hiring Practices 'Military Ready'
Many HR professionals concede that they do not know all they need to know to effectively find and hire military veterans. The Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) toolkit, Support from Behind the Lines: 10 Steps to Becoming a Military-Ready Employer, can help.

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SHRM Resources

Current Military Servicemen and Servicewomen

Recruiting and Hiring Veterans

Federal Contractors 


 Employer Successes and Best Practices


GE Capitalizes on Vets’ Strengths
General Electric’s Junior Officer Leadership Program (JOLP) is a tool for attracting and integrating one of the largest overlooked sources of talent—military service professionals transitioning into civilian careers, according to program manager Susan Schieren.

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Returning Veterans' Rights
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More than 275 SHRM Chapters and 31 State Councils have signed the ESGR Statement of Support, pledging to support their employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve.

See the chapters and councils here.

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Note to Jobseekers
This page contains information for HR professionals who want to hire current and former military service members. If you are a military service member looking for a job, please click here for resources.

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SHRM announced its partnership with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) by signing a Statement of Support at SHRM’s 2010 Employment Law and Legislative Conference. Through this partnership, SHRM is working with ESGR to link all state councils and chapters with their local ESGR office and encourage SHRM members to sign their own Statements of Support. As the principal advocate within the U.S. Department of Defense, ESGR’s mission is to develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing employers that offer outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

ESGR’s website,, has employer resources and information on signing statements of support.

SHRM LogoSHRM has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) to provide SHRM members with the tools they need to recognize the value of hiring veterans and ways to find qualified veteran job candidates. In addition to providing opportunities for SHRM members to hear directly from the VETS organization at SHRM conferences, we are working with VETS to develop resources specifically designed to help HR connect more easily with veterans seeking jobs in the civilian workforce. 

VETS’s website,, contains important information on the value of hiring a veteran and will continue to add employer resources as they are developed.

VETS resources: