CareerBuilder Survey Shows Employers Actively Recruiting Veterans

Veterans DayYes, we’re all about Veterans Day and the latest data reflects employers supporting veterans when it comes to hiring.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, one-third of employers are actively recruiting veterans over the next year. Numbers are slightly higher than last year’s digits and significantly higher than one-fifth reported three years ago.

In addition, 31 percent have hired a veteran who returned from active duty within the past 12 months. This is three percentage points higher than 2013.

More than 2,400 hiring and human resources managers were surveyed along with 286 veterans currently employed in full-time jobs throughout the country.

As for the bad news? Vets still say they’re underemployed or they’re in a low paying job. Although 23 percent of them experience this situation, it’s at least lower than 32 percent of vets who reported underemployment and underpayment merely one year ago.

In addition, two-thirds of employed veterans are satisfied with their jobs. Sure, that means one-third isn’t satisfied but let’s look at the half-full glass, okay? The population of vets falling into the two-thirds camp is actually an eight point boost over last year’s number. And about one-fourth of them plan to change jobs within the next 12 months. This is an increase of 20 percent from last year. Both increases essentially show mobility and movement.

According to the press release, Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, stated:

“In the past, employers said they sometimes overlooked veterans’ resumes because they weren’t sure how skills learned in the military translate to the civilian world. We’ve learned, though, that when employers make the effort to train and when returning soldiers receive the job search assistance they need, there is almost always a good match.”

We have to also point out the unemployment rate. In 2013 the unemployment rate for post 9/11-era veterans was 10 percent, as per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As for 2014? The unemployment rate for this population sits at 7.2 percent.