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Veteran hiring steady, but dissatisfaction grows

Veteran hiring steady, but dissatisfaction grows


Almost half of employers who participated in a recent survey say they have hired a veteran in the last year, and 31 percent hired someone who separated from military service within the last three years.

However, veterans are significantly less content with their jobs than they were last year, according to the national study that was conducted online by Harris Poll and included a sample of 231 full-time veteran workers as well as 2,587 hiring managers and HR professionals.

While 57 percent of veteran employees say they are satisfied and enjoy their work, that’s down 8 percentage points from 2015. Twenty percent report working in a low-paying job (up from 19 percent in 2015), and 22 percent say they are underemployed — working jobs that are below their skill levels (up 2 percentage points from 2015).

According to employers, the top qualities they feel members of the armed services bring to their organizations after leaving active duty include:

Disciplined approach to work: 63 percent

Ability to work as a team: 62 percent

Respect and integrity: 59 percent

Ability to perform under pressure: 54 percent

Leadership skills: 52 percent

Problem-solving skills: 48 percent

Ability to adapt quickly: 46 percent

Attitude of perseverance: 44 percent

Communication skills: 41 percent

Strong technical skills: 33 percent

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