02 July 2015

Top 6 Resumé Writing Tips for Veterans

David Yoo, RallyPoint Civilian Careers.

As you transition into the civilian world, you may be wondering how to craft a proper resumé to present to future employers. One of the most important things when creating a resumé is translating your military experience and skills so that the hiring manager in the Human Resources (HR) department can clearly see the value you will bring to the company and the company's culture. 

The best way to convince the recruiter or hiring manager that you would be both a good fit for the company and that the company would benefit from having you as an employee is by understanding what they are looking for in a candidate. 

Civilian Resumes for Veterans
Luckily, a recen report by TheLadders help us know just that. 

The study conducted by TheLadders involved using a scientific technique that tracked eye movement to evaluate what recruiters pay attention to and what they focus on when evaluating resumés.

The study "gauged specific behaviors of actual recruiters as they performed online tasks, including resume and candidate profile reviews."

Among other things revealed by the study, one of the most astounding findings was that the average recruiter and hiring manager spends only about 6 seconds on a resumé.

This means means we have only 6 seconds to tell the recruiter who you are, what you do, and why they should contact you, and also inform the recruiter how your military experience and skills transfer into the workplace. 

Remember: Recruiters want you, your leadership qualities, your discipline, your teamwork attitude, and your flexibility and ability to think of solutions under pressure. But you need to convey that to them and help them envision how you would fit with the company. 

Below we will highlight some of important things that we learned from the study conducted by TheLadder and how we can best avoid some of the common mistakes we make when writing a professional resumé, and how to include the relevant information for which recruiters are on the lookout.

One of the quickest ways to dissuade a recruiter from looking into your resumé is by having irregularities with the format of your resumé. Some of these formatting issues include font, writing style, and page length, among other things. 

#1 Font Usage

Refrain from using obscure, casual, or completely unorthodox fonts. Fonts that attempt to mimic cursive writing or other difficult-to-read fonts do not impress your recruiter and can give your recruiter a negative impression. Having your personality, qualities, and accomplishments stand out should be the main goal when creating a resumé, but should never be at the expense of professionalism. 

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Many people also like to use specific fonts when writing their resumés by taking into account the type of position they are applying for in a company. In a sense, some people like to make their fonts reflect a "personal brand" that helps convey both the information that they would like to convey to the recruiter and, at the same time, ensure that their resumés stick out without making the written content unreadable. For example, if you're a lawyer, you may want to use Garamond, or if you are applying for a technology company, you might want to use Computer Modern. 

If you are unsure of what font to use for a specific "industry" or are unaware of the company's "font culture," stick with the fonts such as Times New Roman, Verdana, Helvetica, or Trebuchet which have been used as standard resumé writing fonts for a long time. 

The rule of thumb: use common sense and try to put yourself in the position of the recruiter. Will the font that you use stick out as unprofessional, too casual, or difficult to read? If so, stick with the standard fonts above.

#2 Writing Style

Be wary of your register. Do not use first-person when writing your resumé. A standard resumé uses third-person when detailing skills, recognition, and accomplishments. 

Resume Writing for veterans
Bad example: 
I helped establish some procedures for our global e-commerce presence. I also helped make a few strategies for brand recognition and market expansion for a retail bookstore chain.

Another Bad Example: 
I was in charge of developing strategies for marketing and branding for an entertainment company. 

A Third Bad Example:
My strengths lie in team leadership through my years of military service. I have expertise in establishing proper business practices policy/business planning, and marketing.

Notice the use of the first-person voice when describing past experiences in a resumé, a style that is simply not used in professional resumés. Also notice the clumsy use of passive words to describe experiences and skills. Recruiters look for power words when they scan through the document.

The good examples below gets rid of the first-person voice and adds some power words to help bring attention to certain aspects of past experiences and current skills.

Good Example: 
Established benchmarks for creating global e-commerce presence, brand recognition, and market expansion for a $250M+ retail bookstore chain. 

Another Good Example:
Devised actionable strategies for marketing and branding for a $200M+ technology and entertainment company. 

A Third Good Example:
Defined positioning and strategic marketing practices refined and shaped by years of leadership experience through military service. Executed high-level analytics decisions and oversaw operations to maximize productive efficiency. 

Replacing unclear words and phrases such as "helped do X" with something more specific strengthens your writing style and communicates with the recruiter that you have been actively onboard with major projects in your previous positions. 

Try looking through some "power words" to help you replace the filler words that you may be using now, and remember to be specific about what you did and what you're interested in doing.

#3 Page Length

Most companies prefer your resumé to be no more than one page in length. This may be a difficult task, as you may want to communicate many of your countless experiences and skills you possess so that your recruiter can get the full picture. But remember, recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds per resumé. And, unfortunately, they don't want to go through 4 to 5 pages of every experience you've had. 

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  • You must pick and choose what is important to you and what experiences and skills you believe align well with the company that you want to work with. 

  • Remember to include specific details about the type of work you did when you were serving and to include any prior experiences you may have had in the civilian sector. 

  • Try to have 2-3 specific things you did or learned when you served that you believe are things that your recruiter would like to know when he/she considers asking you for an interview.

At this point, it is worth noting the differences between a CV (Curriculum Vitae) and a resumé. Many companies will ask for a resumé or a CV and many think they are interchangeable. In short, a CV is a longer and more detailed overview of your skills, achievements, and experiences. These can be up to 2 pages, but anything more than that length can start to look too long.

The University of North Carolina clarifies the difference between the two. 
"A typical resume will include the following information:
  • Name and Contact Information: your residential address might be most appropriate, especially if you do not want your current employer to know that you are looking for another job! 
  • Education: a listing of your degrees or certifications and educational institutions or programs. 
  • Work Experience: names of the companies or organizations that you have worked for, the location of each company, the dates worked, your job title, and duties performed. 
In contrast, a CV is a fairly detailed overview of your life’s accomplishments, especially those most relevant to the realm of academia.
As such, these documents have their greatest utility in the pursuit of a job in academia or research. Because academic researchers are often working on and completing many projects and teaching responsibilities simultaneously, it is wise to think of a CV as a living document that will need to be updated frequently...

A typical CV will include the following information:
  • Name and Contact Information: contact information for your current institution or place of employment may work best, unless you do not want your colleagues to know that you are job-hunting. 
  • Areas of Interest: a listing of your varied academic interests. 
  • Education: a list of your degrees earned or in progress, institutions, and years of graduation. You may also include the titles of your dissertation or thesis here. 
  • Grants, Honors and Awards: a list of grants received, honors bestowed upon you for your work, and awards you may have received for teaching or service. 
  • Publications and Presentations: a list of your published articles and books, as well presentations given at conferences. If there are many of both, you might consider having one section for publications and another for presentations. 
  • Employment and Experience: this section may include separate lists of teaching experiences, laboratory experiences, field experiences, volunteer work, leadership, or other relevant experiences. 
  • Scholarly or Professional Memberships: a listing of the professional organizations of which you are a member. If you have held an office or position in a particular organization, you can either say so here or leave this information for the experience section. 
  • References: a list of persons who write letters of recommendations for you, which includes their contact information.

#4 Personal Information

A crucial component in convincing your recruiter that you are professional is by avoiding some common mistakes that many veterans and service members make in their resumés.

You do not want to include unnecessary personal information such as you, such as whether you are married and have kids, what race/nationality you are, or your religious background. You also do not want to include any photos of any kind. 

Photos in your professional resumés communicate with the recruiter that you do not understand the standards of the application process in civilian industries. 

Do not include personal financial information, such as how much your current salary is. There is no need for another company to know how much you earn in a given year, and giving access to this type of information takes away from your ability to negotiate for a better salary. 

It's also important to know what information to include. Make sure that your email and one phone number is on your resumé so that your recruiter knows how to contact you.

#5 Military Jargon/Lingo

Too much military lingo so that the hiring manager or recruiter can't understand what you did is unhelpful. If anything, use words to describe the type of skills and work you've done so that the recruiter reading your resumé can see how your skills match up with some of the positions that he/she would like you to fill. Don't place too much of a focus on the particular aspect about the position you held and think more holistically about the types of things you were involved with, rather than what your MOS says.

Help your hiring manager help you. Remember, he/she wants you to show how you'd be a good fit. Complicated abbreviations of things that he/she has never heard of before is not a good way of showing how you can provide value for the company. As an article on job-searching website Monster explains,

"Demilitarize your job titles, duties, accomplishments, training and awards to appeal to civilian hiring managers.

Employers with no exposure to the military don't understand the terminology and acronyms, so translate these into 'civilianese.'

Show your resume to several nonmilitary friends and ask them to point out terms they don't understand.

Refer to job postings and Military.com's skills translator for help substituting civilian keywords for military terms."

#6 Resumé Templates and Test-Driving

Once you're ready to start creating your own resumé to apply for potential jobs, check out some free online templates that you can use to create a professional resumé and get you started. Just a quick search on Google for resumé templates can lead you to dozens of websites offering free templates. 

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Your resumé is not, and shouldn't be, written on stone. Treat your resumé as a living document that needs to be constantly written and revised in order to see what power words are most effective and what other specific information you can include to highlight your leadership qualities, personality, and your accomplishments. Record your response rates to see which versions of your resumés seemed more effective. Rinse and repeat, and watch the strategies you develop as your professionally written resumé begins to stand out more and more to prospective employers and hiring managers.

Don't forget to save your resumé as a PDF! It preserves the original format of your resumé.

If you want to explore some of the opportunities that are available on RallyPoint, click the link here. Now that you should have your resumé up and running, you're a few clicks away from showing your future employer how you'd be a good fit for the team!

01 July 2015

Top 5 High-Paying Jobs for Veterans

David Yoo, RallyPoint Civilian Careers.

Top 5 Jobs for Veterans

#1 Management Consultant

Organizations seek management consultants (also known as business consultants) for a variety of reasons. Some of those reasons include requesting advice for current business practices and to understand the market in which the company operates by seeking business consultants' expertise. 

Business Jobs for Veterans
Those who have served are well aware of the importance of being efficient and effective. Management consulting is the practice of aiding companies, businesses, and organizations in helping improve their operations. 

Veterans and service members are well positioned to demonstrate their strengths, especially when it involves improving the business' efficiency and overseeing important operations. Consultants also analyze problems that afflict organizations in their structure and management and develop strategies to ensure those problems do not the companies' long term development. As Norbert Lucca notes, business consultants may also "provide organizational change management assistance, development of coaching skills, process analysis, technology implementation, strategy development, or operational improvement services."

Lucca continues by explaining that management consultants often bring their own methods or frameworks to guide the identification of problems and to "serve as the basis for recommendations for more effective or efficient ways of performing work tasks." Deloitte and KPMG are two consulting firms that have expressed their great interest in tapping into the veteran population to create a more robust and diverse workforce.

The median annual salary of a management consultant is $85,934.

#2 Business Development Manager

Business development is comprised of a number of different projects, tasks, and operations that intend to bolster a business' growth and development. Business development managers and business development heads can be tasked with a range of missions and projects including information technology, strategic marketing, as well as sales and relations development.

Business Jobs for Veterans
Scott Pollack from Forbes expressed his view on what business development means: "While Business Development may still mean many different things to many different people, at it’s core I believe a Biz Dev job is focused on 3 activities: 

-Customers: Find new ones and extract more value from current ones. 

-Markets: Figure out where new customers 'live' (both geographically and in terms of 'buying mindset') and find a way to reach them. 

-Relationships: Build and leverage relationships founded on trust and integrity to facilitate opportunities."

These core activities are shaped and driven by both analytical and people skills, abilities that members of the military naturally develop throughout their years of service. A business development manager requires individuals who can command respect from colleagues and lead new missions and projects to help grow the business and bring others along with the project, a type of leadership quality that veterans have developed in their years in the military. 

The median annual salary of business development manager is $72,321

#3 IT Manager

Alida Moore from PayScale explains that "Commanding officers commonly order their troops to learn the job of the person above them. Then, if someone is injured in battle, others can quickly step up and make decisions. In the civilian world, an IT program manager is responsible for understanding the jobs of every person on her team -- from coding to designing -- to ensure that a project is completed successfully and on time." 

IT Jobs for Veterans

Information Technology (IT) management is the practice of ensuring that resources are accordingly appropriated to a firm's information technology department. Management of these resources may include computer hardware and software, data, staff maintenance, and other types of networks. Being an IT manager simply means that the IT department's budget is being used to meet the needs of the staff as well as to ensure that the proper technology is being used for the basic functions carried out by the department. It also entails staffing the department and making sure that everything involved with the department's functions, from tech support to software design, is running in order.

An IT manager is important to every business, corporation, and organization that utilize networks of computers for their employees in order to facilitate communication or to promote more efficient working environment. Managing this complex web of technology and structural organization of the department means being aware of some of computer languages being used at the workplace as well as other technical understanding of computer programming.

The median annual salary of an IT manager is $79,584

#4 Software Developer

Software development is exactly what it sounds like. It is computer programming and creating applications and programs that we many of us use on a daily basis. 

Veterans and service members with experience in computer programming or software development itself may find promising opportunities to work for a technology company that highly values those skills. 

Programming Jobs for Veterans
There are many opportunities online to develop skills in programming that, with dedication and time commitment, can lead to prospective careers. 

A simple googling of online programming courses and programming scholarships for veterans can yield some rewarding results. An interesting online program to help veterans learn computer skills is Bloc, which "created the Bloc Veterans Program, which will award ten active and/or retired U.S. military personnel a $5,000 scholarship toward any of Bloc’s five online developer and design bootcamps. The scholarship is funded collaboratively by Bloc and its mentors, who have volunteered to donate their time to training veterans."

The median annual salary of a starting software developer is $67,207, while an experienced and late-career software developer has a medium annual salary of $84,804.

#5 Airline Pilot

Airline pilots as well as helicopter pilots are professionally trained to fly large aircrafts for transportation or other missions and projects. While a great number of pilots are commercial pilots, meaning that they transport cargo/products and passengers, there are also pilots who fly aircraft for jobs such as firefighting efforts during untamable wildfires, tracking criminals on helicopters, reporting on traffic conditions in the city, conducting search and rescue missions, and crop dusting or spreading seeds on a large area. 

Pilot and Flying Jobs for Veterans
The U.S. Department of Transportation explains that "Military pilots may apply for airman certification based on his or her military pilot qualifications. 

A military pilot who passes the military competency knowledge test and possesses the appropriate documents will be issued a commercial pilot certificate and/or a flight instructor certificate."

In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation provides a document that clarifies whether your Military Occupational Specialty area translates to skills and experience in flying aircraft in the civilian sector. It also lists the documentation that is needed to transition from military pilot to civilian pilot or flight instructor. The list can be found on the same link as above

The median annual salary of a commercial airline pilot is $60,099.

To search for more opportunities by using the RallyPoint career corner platform, click here.

30 June 2015

Top 4 Private Sector Industries for Veterans in 2015

David Yoo, RallyPoint Civilian Careers.

The infographic above highlights some of the major breakdown of veterans in the private sector by industry in 2012. The top three major industries at the time included manufacturing, professional business services, and retail, which accounted for nearly half of the employed veteran population in the private sector. 

Since the 2012 report by the U.S. Office of Personal Management has been published, the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee released an updated report (published in 2014) on the state of veteran employment that revealed some changing trends. 

Veterans make important contributions to numerous industries, the report explains, and today represent about 6.5 percent of all private-sector employees. The new report also revealed the veteran employment breakdown in the private sector using more recent data. According to the report, there is a "particularly strong veteran presence in the transportation and utilities industry (12.2 percent of workers), mining (11.7 percent), manufacturing (9.0 percent) and construction (8.1 percent)."

In short, the report indicates that the transportation and utilities, mining, manufacturing, construction, and information industries have collectively made up almost half of the current veteran hires. The report also suggests that veterans are seeing a decline in presence in the retail and business and professional services industry. Veterans now make up 5.9% and 7.3% of retail and professional business services, respectively -- a 7.1% and 7.7% decline since 2012.

Below we outline the top 4 industries where there is a high demand for veterans with skills and qualities learned and gained throughout their years of service. 

#1 Transportation and Utilities

The transportation and utilities industry, the industry with currently one of the highest employed veteran population, has many openings that range from engineers to vehicle and transportation technician specialists.
Top Veteran Jobs and Industries in Engineering

For example, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) received recognition from the Virginia Department of Veterans for employing countless veterans for the shipbuilding headquarters in Newport News, Virginia. Industrial product managers and ship engineers continue to be one of the "hot" positions for companies who seek qualified veterans who can fill the vacancy.

Companies that need train engineers and train operators are also starting to look towards the veteran population to fill these high-demand positions. 

Additionally, many of the country's energy companies express great interest in tapping into the veteran population's potential and have shown great strides in seeking transitioning members of the armed forces. Chesapeake Energy and CenterPoint Energy are merely two examples of companies who are turning to the veterans to fill professional and technical jobs in their companies. 

#2 Mining

Top Veteran Jobs and Industries in MiningWorking for a mining company does not solely involve putting on a hardhat and digging away in dark-lit caves. Many companies both inside and outside the United States (such as Australia) have expressed interest in having veterans fill positions for important jobs within their companies. These types of companies require electricians, carpenters, and heavy equipment operators. For example, companies such as American Mining and Crushing (AMC) and Newton actively seek to staff their offices and fields with qualified veterans who know how to lead and operate. 

The AMC is the newly established US subsidiary of African Mining & Crushing, which has presence in the international mining industry and 10 years of experience an international mining company with more than 300 employees, while Newton provides resources to veteran employees whether they are transitioning to civilian life, transitioning back to reserve status from active duty or preparing to deploy. Many more opportunities are available in this industry and many companies already recognize the value that veterans bring to their workforce. Qualities of discipline, being a team player, and being able to fix problems under pressure are especially compelling reasons to hire employees with a military background in this sector.

#3 Manufacturing

Operations managers, industrial product managers and logisticians are among the many openings that companies have for veterans interested in working in the manufacturing industry. 

Operations managers have the important task of ensuring that the warehouse, facility, or factory is running according to plan and that it is being run as efficiently as possible. Veterans are seen to be highly qualified in this particular area due to the military's culture and focus on paying attention to detail and ensuring processes are being done according to standard protocol. 
Top Veteran Jobs and Industries in Manufacturing
An article written by Orion International (the full article can be found here) explained: "Polaris, maker of off-road vehicles, including ATVs, motorcycles, and snowmobiles, is among the companies leveraging veteran talent among their ranks. 'Our operations managers can support any piece of the company. Right now we’re filling a lot of these positions in our international groups, corporate procurement, sales and service, and the manufacturing side, where they’re focusing on things like lean,' explains Amy Fossum, Staffing Manager at Polaris. She goes on to [explain] that Polaris hires veterans because they know how to lead, how to plan and conduct training, and they're adventurous."

Industrial product managers and logisticians are also attractive positions for veterans who seek civilian employment opportunities in manufacturing industries. In fact, some of the country's biggest manufacturing companies launched the Get Skills to Work Coalition, a few years ago, which was created to help veterans prepare for jobs in industrial production. These positions are ones that focus on managing the acquisition, distribution, and delivery of products and ensuring that the entire supply chain operations runs smoothly.

#4 Construction

A new focus by the country in an effort to revitalize construction projects has meant an increasing demand and desire to hire veterans with the skills and qualities that employers find attractive and necessary. Construction workers and construction program managers are one of the most desired positions in the industry.

Top Veteran Jobs and Industries in Construction

Construction program managers plan the work and determine the project's cost as well as ensuring that the project itself is carried out appropriately and on time. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has stated that about 1.5 million construction jobs will be added between today and 2022, meaning that the demand for construction program mangers will also increase and the veteran population is well positioned to take advantage of job openings in major construction companies. BC Construction Co. and Williamson & Associates, Inc. are two of many companies who are looking for veterans to fill positions in their construction projects.

More opportunities can be found using our career corner platform on RallyPoint here.

5 Civilian Internships Programs Veterans Should Consider

David Yoo, RallyPoint Civilian Careers.

Veterans Internship Programs

Internship programs can be crucial in creating a foundation for developing skills and gaining valuable experiences for employment in the civilian sector. It's both a great way to refurbish some of the skills learned during the years of service and a way to learn new ones. 

Businesses and large companies often offer internship programs that serve to expose the intern to the company's organizational structure, as well as the skills, knowledge, and behaviors necessary to succeed in the industry. As a result, exploring some internship opportunities, even unpaid ones, can be worthwhile. Fortunately, outside of internship positions offered by startups and other businesses available to all, there are specific internship programs for veterans who seek to gain some practical experiences in the civilian sector. 

Many programs, as the ones that will be discussed below, also offer specific opportunities for disabled veterans. 

Here are some internship opportunities for veterans who wish to be a part of rewarding and educational programs to advance their career prospects.

#1 Internship Programs with the VA 

The VA lists several internship programs for veterans and current students, graduates, and other applicants. Each program is different and can be explored on the VA's internship program home page

Below is a video that was created by a VA intern (with the goal of highlighting the VA's mission) and posted on the VA's internship program home page.

The table on the internship program page provides summaries of the different internship programs offered by the VA. Some examples of the programs offered include the Pathways Internship Programs, which allows students to join VA in career positions that emphasize long-term training and development. The VA Acquisition Academy Acquisition Internship School: Warriors to Workforce Program (W2W) is another program that prepares wounded veterans for a transition into a career as a contract specialist. 

#2 Veterans Congressional Internship Program 

The Veterans Congressional Internship Program is for veterans are interested in being able to qualify for employment on Congressional Staff (employees of the United States Congress or individual members of Congress).

The program was founded by Rear Admiral [Ret.] James J. Carey [Navy] when he observed the need for opportunities to allow veterans to bridge the professional gap from military service to civilian career (there has been a steady decline in number of members of congress who are military veterans in the past 60 years). The program is a "ten week paid internship on Congressional Staff, learning the Congressional Legislative and Budget process and obtaining the qualifications, experience, training, and credentialing necessary to be a potential candidate for employment on Congressional Staff." 

"These internships are overseen, administered, and mentored by the Washington Scholars Intern Program Management Team, a motivated group of more than 20 Washington Scholars Graduates now working full time in the nation’s capitol and “giving back” of their time and expertise as successful graduates of the Washington Scholars Program by volunteering their service on the Management Team." 

To check out the opportunity, go to the home page and apply. Be sure to denote that you are applying for the “Veterans Internship Program.” 

#3 Wounded Veterans Internship Program 
The Virginia Department of Transportation, or VDOT, launched the Wounded Veterans Internship Program in September 2006 in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration. The Wounded Veterans Internship Program is an initiative designed to help veterans transition from military to civilian employment and focuses on the disabled veterans that have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq and who have been unable to return to their former job as a result of a physical/emotional disability or because the position is now unavailable. 

The VDOT was the first transportation department in the United States to spearhead a program like this to assist veterans and offer meaningful opportunities to shape and advance their careers.

The program allows veterans to "revamp previous job skills" or develop new ones. The VDOT has partnered with a number of veteran service organizations to implement the internship program, which attempts to locate internship opportunities near the participating veteran's home and rehabilitation facility. The nature of the internship being offered is depends on the veteran's interests and skill set. Some areas of interest include "planning, finance, project management, security, procurement, quality control, information systems, engineering, civil rights, and human resources." 

The programs compensate veterans with an hourly rate, which is determined by the skill sets involved, as well as with the particular position where the intern is placed. More information about the program can be found here

#4 United States Patent and Trademark Office Veteran Hiring Program 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) veterans contribute to areas of "science and engineering, information technology (IT), contracts, procurement, finance, administration, project and program management and customer support."

While a variety of employment options are available through posted job announcements and opportunities through special hiring authorities, the USPTO also lists internship opportunities. Some of the examples included is the Student Patent Examiner Trainee internship program. This program is a paid internship sponsored by the USPTO and it is "specifically designed for veteran students entering their final year of study in engineering or computer science from an accredited local accredited college or university in the MD, VA, and DC metropolitan area." More opportunities like these are listed on the USPTO career page here

#5 IAVA Internship Program 

The IAVA (or the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) is an advocacy group looking for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to fill openings in positions for summer programs located in New York City and Washington, DC.

Some of the internship positions available every summer include operations, communications, programs, development, salesforce administration, policy, legislative, and research. Although the deadline for the summer of 2015 applications was on April 15th of this year, it is worthwhile to check out the IAVA internship program page when applications start to roll out next spring. The program begins at the beginning of June and lasts until the middle of August. 

More career opportunities and other job openings can be seen on RallyPoint in our career corner. To see what companies post on our platform, click the link here.

29 June 2015

Top 10 Veteran Friendly Employers of 2015

David Yoo, RallyPoint Civilian Careers.

A survey released half a year ago by CareerBuilder revealed that about 33% of companies are actively recruiting veterans, 13% higher since 2011. As the number of companies looking to hire veterans is increasing, it is evident that companies are recognizing the valuable skills and attitudes veterans bring to the workforce. In the same survey released by CareerBuilder, employers were ask to list some of the most important qualities that members of the armed forces bring to companies after leaving active duty. The most important qualities included the ability to work as a team, the disciplined approach to work, and a positive attitude of respect and integrity.

Beyond the attitudes and discipline they bring to the workforce, veterans have also been recruited for jobs that required a strong set of leadership and technical skills that they have acquired throughout their years and experiences while serving.

The Top Military Friendly Employers list, released by Victory Media on MilitaryFriendly.com, spotlights some of the companies that have recognized leadership qualities of veterans and have actively sought military talent to fill positions in their organization.

Here we will review the 10 companies that topped the list for the most military friendly employers of 2015.

#1 Combined Insurance of America

Combined Insurance Military and Veteran Recruiter

Combined Insurance is an insurance provider based in Illinois and has committed to hiring 4,000 veterans by the end of 2016. In an effort to reach this goal, the company has partnered with organizations like Hiring our Heroes, the Veterans Administration, the Transition Assistance Program, and the Non-Commissioned Officers Association. Search for careers with Combined Insurance under the home page’s Career tab.      


As written on its home page, USAA began in 1922, when 25 Army officers agreed to insure each other's vehicles when no one else would. Today, the Texas-based financial services company has marched forward to carry out its mission to involve members of the military community continues today. Currently 14% of USAA’s employees are veterans, and have committed to ensuring that at least 30% of the company’s hiring comes from the military community. Search for opportunities with USAA here.

#3 Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes is an oilfield services company that helps oil and gas operators make the most of their reservoirs. With operations in over 90 countries and its headquarters in Houston, Texas, the company has employed over 60,000 people worldwide, 24% of which are veterans. The company offers industry training, structured career development, and flexible working practices to those seeking a career opportunity after transitioning. Check out the opportunities here.

#4 Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific operates America’s foremost railroad franchise, covering 23 states in the western two-thirds of the United States. Currently, over 20% of the company’s employees have military experience, with some who are still active in the National Guard or Reserves. Union Pacific has also partnered with RallyPoint to reach the RallyPoint community and promote some of their opportunities through their company page, which can be found here. Union Pacific's home page can be found here.

#5 AlliedBarton Security Services

AlliedBarton Security Services is a security officer company and the largest American-owned security company located in the United States. AlliedBarton has partnered with organizations like Hire our Heroes to recruit veterans. Today, about 17% of all of AlliedBarton Security Services’ employees are veterans and has committed to hiring 25,000 veterans in five years. AlliedBarton also offers the training and advancement opportunities necessary for reservists and veteran military to continue their careers. Check out their site here.

#6 CSX Corporation

CSX is a leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North America. CSX is actively recruiting veterans to fill positions and jobs in their company. Nearly one in five employees at CSX have served in the armed forces (the most current data suggests that about  22% of employees in CSX are veterans! If you would like to poke around CSX and see the opportunities that are offered, search around here.

#7 J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. is one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America. It provides transportation services throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. About 17% of employees in J.B. Hunt are veterans, and the company provides extended benefits for employees called to active duty, including make-whole pay. Check out some opportunities here.

#8 Schneider

Schneider is provides truckload, logistics and intermodal services. The company has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs and offers exclusive Apprenticeship Programs. During the first year working for Schneider, veterans are eligible to earn a monthly educational benefit check from the VA in addition to Schneider’s paycheck – up to $1,146 each month depending on your years of service. Additionally, Schneider offers up to $6,000 in tuition reimbursement to driving school graduates to jumpstart veterans’ new careers. Schneider has also partnered with RallyPoint to reach out to members of the RallyPoint community. Their company page, as well as details regarding their apprenticeship program and career opportunities can be found here. Check out some of the other opportunities listed on their home page here.

#9 ManTech

ManTech International Corporation was co-founded in 1968 and has delivered upcoming information technology (IT) and technical services to U.S. federal government customers for decades. ManTech is a member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of leading US companies dedicated to highlighting the advantages of hiring veterans. Some of the opportunities with ManTech in both the US and overseas jobs can be found here.

#10 Verizon Communications Inc

Verizon is an American broadband and telecommunications company and the largest U.S. wireless communications service provider as of September 2014. Verizon invests in recruiters, mentoring programs and other resources for service members and also supports the 100,000 Jobs Mission. You can explore some of Verizon's career opportunities here.

To find more jobs and career opportunities from these companies and hundreds more, check out the veteran focused careers on RallyPoint. The career corner on RallyPoint can be found here.

The nationwide survey discussed in this article was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from August 11 to September 5, 2014. According to CareerBuilder, “[the] survey included a representative sample of 2,440 hiring and human resources managers and 286 veterans employed in full-time positions across industries and company sizes.”