November 10th, 2014
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Forbes.com.
If I could do one thing this Veterans Day, it is this: help businesses see how veterans can help them.
With the U.S. military’s involvement in the conflict in Iraq drawing down significantly since 2011 and the one in Afghanistan drawing to a close as well, there are many more veterans entering the workforce. Unfortunately, the U.S. jobless rate for recent veterans is substantially higher than the national average. These men and women have provided a vital service to our country – and many have risked their lives to help preserve our way of life. Don’t we owe it to them to help our veterans reintegrate into the workforce?
Am I talking as a veteran? Yes, I am. I am proud to be a U.S. Army veteran, so I am understandably concerned about the unemployment statistics I see. But I am also speaking as the vice president of a global pharmaceutical organization. In my position, what I have observed is this: when hiring, many managers (across all industries) neglect to consider veterans as potential hires because they can’t read between the lines of a military resume to see the valuable skills vets can bring to the corporate table.