We’ve shared why a small business should hire a military veteran. But where do you find a candidate for your next job opening? Here are six resources to help you find men and women who have served their country and are now ready to apply their service and leadership skills to being your next great employee. These resources and initiatives–governmental, non-profits, and even a veteran-run startup company–can help you learn more about hiring veterans, and even help you find a perfect one for your company.

1. Recruit Military


Recruit Military is full-service military-to-civilian recruiting firm in the United States started and run by military veterans. The company uses online and offline products to connect employers, franchisors and educational institutions with men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, veterans who already have civilian work experience, members of the National Guard and reserve forces, and military spouses.

2. Hiring Our Heroes


Funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative focusing on helping veterans, transitioning service men and women, and military spouses find meaningful jobs in the public, private and non-profit sectors.Recently, Hiring Our Heroes has shifted towards using digital resources to better help military service men and women translate their experience into a resume that will help them find the right employment no matter where they are in the world.

3. Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR)


ESGR is an office in the Department of Defense which focuses on helping employers support, value and gain from the employment of members of the National Guard and Reserve in America. The office does this by advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

4. National Resource Center


The National Resources Center (NRC) is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. Information collected and displayed by the center is from federal, state and local government agencies; veteran and military service organizations; non-profit and community-based organizations; academic institutions and professional associations that provide assistance to wounded warriors and their families.

The NRC provides this website widget that veterans can use to track down resources, including job-related opportunities.

5. Joining Forces

Joining Forces is program of the White House led by the wives of the president and vice president to raise the visibility of the workforce potential of veterans and military spouses, expand employment and career development opportunities for veterans and military spouses, and help employers create military family-friendly workplaces.

See also: Information on small business resources for veterans can be found on The SmallBusiness.com WIKI at the Veterans Category Hub.
(Featured Photo: U.S. Army via Flickr)

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