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 five 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

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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

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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)

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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

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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.

(Featured Photo: U.S. Army via Flickr)

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Resources for a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

If your company is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), it may be eligible for set-asides in federal contracts.

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State Government Agencies That Encourage Business Ownership by Military Veterans

State government agencies that help veterans access benefits, run programs related to the employment of veterans, and encourage business ownership by military veterans.