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  • Veterans: Providing National Service, Getting Very Little Service in Return

    Veterans have skills that managers consider essential to the workplace: self-discipline, problem-solving, decision-making in stressful situations and teamwork.

    As the U.S. pulls troops out of Iraq, some companies say they are looking to add a few former soldiers to their ranks.

    That may be easier said than done.

    Following President Barack Obama’s October troop withdrawal announcement, tens of thousands of service members are expected to leave Iraq by Dec. 31. Those who don’t re-enlist, join the reserves or ride out a contract will re-enter civilian life and for most, that means getting a job.

    But only about half of veterans felt they were prepared to assimilate into civilian life and look for work, according to an October survey by Monster Worldwide Inc. And nearly one in five recently returned veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan screen positive for post-traumatic stress disorder, according a 2008 study by RAND Corp., a nonprofit research institute.

    Yet veterans and service members are known to have skills that managers consider essential to the workplace. Some of those skills include attention to detail, self-discipline, problem-solving, decision-making in stressful situations and ability to work in a team, say human-resources experts.

    More than 60% of employers feel motivated to hire veterans based on their qualifications and prior work experience and a full 98% of employers that had hired a veteran would hire one again, according to an October Monster survey.

    As an incentive, the Senate passed legislation earlier this month that includes tax breaks for businesses that hire veterans—up to $5,600 for veterans and up to $9,600 for disabled veterans.

    Earlier this year, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and about 15 other U.S. companies—including Cisco Systems Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc. and AT&T Inc.—said they plan to hire 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.

    Read Full Article in Wall Street Journal.com

    Good luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

    Filed Under: Career


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