Nearly Two-Thirds of Employers Would Hire Military Veterans Over Other Equally Qualified Candidates, CareerBuilder Study Finds

Nearly Two-Thirds of Employers Would Hire Military Veterans Over Other Equally
               Qualified Candidates, CareerBuilder Study Finds

- Nearly 3 in 10 Plan to Hire Veterans in the Next 12 Months

- CareerBuilder and Military Times Create New Jobs Site for Veterans

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Nov. 9, 2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite higher than average unemployment
rates, employment prospects for U.S. military veterans may be improving.

According to a new CareerBuilder study, 29 percent of employers say they are
actively recruiting veterans to work for their organizations, up 9 percentage
points from a year ago. Twenty-two percent are planning on adding members of
the National Guard to their headcount, up 8 percentage points.  Sixty-five
percent said they would be more likely to hire a veteran over another equally
qualified candidate. The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive© of more
than 2,600 employers nationwide from August 13 to September 6, 2012.

Now CareerBuilder and Military Times are joining forces at to help veterans access the tools and information
they need to connect them with the employers who most want to hire them. The
Military Times Network, which includes,, and, in addition to, is
visited by more than 2.5 million unique visitors each month, and offers unique
content for each of the branches of the U.S. military online, and in print.

Where The Job Opportunities Are
Employers are looking to leverage the technical and leadership skills of
military personnel, with 3 in 10 hoping to fill information technology
positions with veterans. The most common areas for hiring U.S. service men
and women are:

  oInformation Technology – 30 percent
  oCustomer Service – 23 percent
  oEngineering – 22 percent
  oSales – 20 percent
  oManufacturing – 20 percent
  oBusiness Development – 15 percent

"The unemployment rate for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, though declining,
is still considerably higher than the general population," said Brent
Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. "While military veterans
possess a great deal of the business-friendly skills that employers look for
in candidates, one of the challenges vets face is knowing where to begin when
job hunting after they return from active duty."

"Today's military is a well-educated, professional, all-volunteer force," said
Elaine Howard, president of Gannett Government Media Corp., publisher of the
Military Times brands. "So when troops join the civilian workforce, they bring
with them skills, discipline and unmatched drive. But navigating the job
search and translating military skills into civilian terms has always been a
challenge. In partnering with CareerBuilder, troops and veterans now have a
better way to make the critical transition from military to civilian success."

Military Times
Military Times has teamed up with CareerBuilder on a new career site for
service members and veterans. The site hosts a wide range of jobs across
industries from employers eager to hire veterans and a comprehensive tool set
for veterans to use in their job search. Employers in turn will be able to
quickly reach a nationwide pool of veteran talent that is quick to learn,
trained to take initiative, and adaptable to change.

At, veterans can:

  oAccess a skills-translator that uses a veteran's military job code to find
    the civilian jobs that best match the veteran's skills.
  oSearch for jobs by occupation, company, industry and location, and post up
    to five versions of their resume to appeal to a wider cast of employers.
  oCheck out articles featuring job search and workplace advice for veterans.
  oStay up to date on the latest job fairs and hiring trends for veterans.

Challenges for Veteran Job Searchers
One of the biggest challenges employers face when recruiting U.S. veterans is
that service men and women don't always market themselves as veterans.
Forty-five percent of employers say they pay more attention to applications
submitted by U.S. veterans, but 30 percent say it's not always obvious whether
a candidate is a veteran.

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive^© on
behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,655 U.S. hiring managers and human resource
professionals (employed full-time, not self-employed, government and
non-government) ages 18 and over between August 13 and September 6, 2012
(percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their
responses to certain questions). With pure probability sample of 2,655, one
could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a
sampling error of +/-1.9 percentage points. Sampling error for data from
sub-samples is higher and varies.

About Military Times
Service members and their families rely on the Military Times newsweeklies and
web sites as trusted, independent sources for news and information on the most
important issues affecting their careers and personal lives.

The Military Times newsweeklies, including Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force
Times and Marine Corps Times, are published by Gannett Government Media, a
subsidiary of Gannett Co. Inc. Since its inception in 1940, Gannett Government
Media has a strong heritage and tradition of meeting the highest standards of
independent journalism and has expanded with publications serving all branches
of the U.S. military, the global defense community, the U.S. federal
government, and several special interest, defense-oriented industry sectors.

About CareerBuilder®
CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping
companies target and attract their most important asset - their people. Its
online career site,®, is the largest in the United States
with more than 24 million unique visitors, 1 million jobs and 49 million
resumes. CareerBuilder works with the world's top employers, providing
resources for everything from employment branding and talent intelligence to
recruitment support. More than 10,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and
broadband portals such as MSN and AOL, feature CareerBuilder's proprietary job
search technology on their career sites. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc.
(NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI),
CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South
America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit

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