Monster and Military.com announce 2019 Best Companies for Veterans
For the fifth year in a row, Monster and Military.com have teamed up to recognize the Best Companies for Veterans, highlighting the top employers who demonstrate extraordinary success in veteran hiring and retention. This year, we’re proud to announce these ten companies with top honors:
- DynCorp International
- Intelligent Waves, LLC
- American Systems
- MSA Security
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- IntelliDyne, LLC
- AbleVets, LLC
Best companies for veterans
“Each year, the pool of candidates gets stronger, and the benchmark for inclusion gets higher,” said Bob Melk, Monster’s Chief Commercial Officer.
“At both Monster and Military.com, we were impressed with the strong track record of these companies hiring veterans and their commitment to inclusion through onboarding and retention practices, which are some of the best in the country,” says Melk.
The list, based on nominations by veteran hiring experts and self-reported data from the nominees, focuses on the percentage of 2019 hires that were veterans and the total percentage of the workforce composed of veterans.
For each of the winners, at least 26 percent of hires in 2019 have been veterans (up 44 percent over last year) and 25 percent or more of their workforce are veterans (up from 15 percent).
Notably, 3 of the companies are veteran-owned—DynCorp International; Intelligent Waves; and AbleVets, LLC. While several of the companies on the list are repeat winners, there are 6 new arrivals—DynCorp International; American Systems; LMI; MSA Security; Intellidyne, LLC; and AbleVets, LLC.
Why veteran hiring?
Each year, more than 200,000 service members transition out of the military, and the vast majority (94%) of them look for jobs after completing their service, according to Monster’s 2018 Veteran’s Survey. They’re interested in pursuing jobs in fields that range from information technology to health care to customer service, and they’re highly trained.
According to Monster’s 2019 State of the Recruiter survey, recruiters say they struggle to find candidates with skills in communication, problem solving, managerial leadership, and teamwork. Soft skills don’t always get the spotlight, but veterans and transitioning military are versed in a wide variety of abilities like these.
Veterans come to the civilian job market armed with an array of technical skills, as well as many soft skills recruiters are searching for most. Leadership, self-discipline, teamwork, and the ability to work under pressure are all attributes that veterans ranked highly on in our 2018 survey.
Additionally, diversity is a hot topic for companies today, and veterans are a great way to diversify your team.
By nature of the diversity of the military— racial and ethnic minority groups make up about 40% of active-duty military, according to Pew Research—veteran hires will naturally contribute to your diversity initiatives and create an inclusive company culture.
“America is made up of a diverse population, and the military is a representation of the diversity of all of America,” explains Darren Sherrard, US Army Retired, associate director of recruitment marketing and workforce recruitment and retention services for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
Veteran hiring webinar
This year, for the first time, the initiative has expanded to include a webinar sharing research and insights to help recruiters learn how to create robust veteran-hiring programs.
The webinar covers:
• Why veteran hiring is critical to your business
• How to kick-start your veteran recruitment strategy
• Best practices for veteran onboarding
If you want to hear expert veteran hiring advice, you can access the recording here.
Veteran hiring guide
As part of Monster’s commitment to veteran hiring, we’ve also created a resource guide exploring why veteran hiring is critical to every business. It explains how to kick-start a veteran recruitment strategy, and shares best practices for veteran onboarding with insights from some of the top companies on the list.
The guide helps readers:
- Understand why hiring veterans is good for their business, their employees, and their community
- Get first-handle examples of how to recruit veterans and military families and build relationships with local veteran organizations
- Develop an onboarding process that will allow veterans to integrate into their team seamlessly
We’re proud of the partnership between Monster and Military.com and we hope to continue to help veterans and their families find meaningful work after their service. Learn more about Monster’s Veteran Hiring Solutions to see how you can reach our network of military professionals and veterans searching for their next job opportunity.