Survey: Military Vets Highly Marketable –

A majority of employers would likely hire a military veteran over another equally qualified candidate, according to a new study by CareerBuilder.

The survey found that 65% of employers would most likely hire a military vet. Additionally, 29% of employers said they are actively recruiting veterans to work for their organizations—up 9 percentage points from one year ago. Twenty-two percent plan to hire members of the National Guard, up 8 percentage points from one year ago.

The survey notes that employers face a challenge when recruiting military veterans: vets not marketing themselves to their full potential. Forty-five percent of employers revealed that they pay more attention to applications submitted by U.S. veterans. However, 30% of employers say it’s not always obvious whether or not a candidate is a veteran.

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There seem to be several job opportunities for veterans in the field of information technology. The most common areas for hiring U.S. military vets are:

  • Information Technology: 30%
  • Customer Service: 23%
  • Engineering: 22%
  • Sales: 20%
  • Manufacturing: 20%
  • Business Development: 15%

The online survey polled 2,655 U.S. hiring managers and human resource professionals between Aug. 13 and Sept. 6, 2012.

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