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This largely untapped talent pool has both tech experience and the soft skills employers value.

Buffy Naylor

November 11, 2021

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For the tech industry, hiring military veterans should be a no-brainer. Competition for tech talent is fierce. Most veterans have worked with technology in some capacity during their military career. In addition, they have soft skills that employers value.

The military instills the values of obedience, loyalty and honesty in their personnel. Teamwork and collaboration are paramount in military operations. Veterans can be counted on to be reliable, adept at performing well under pressure, focused on problem-solving and able to meet deadlines.

In October 2021, the veteran unemployment rate was 4.2%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The comparable non-veteran unemployment rate for that month was 4.6%. Still, veterans represent an essentially untapped talent pool. More than 200,000 men and women leave the military and reenter civilian life each year. Their technology experience and soft skills make them particularly well-suited to careers in tech.

And that fact hasn’t gone unnoticed in the industry. Click through the gallery above to learn about some of the companies in the channel who have focused efforts on hiring military veterans. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to do something similar. 

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Buffy Naylor

Managing Editor, Channel Futures

Buffy Naylor is managing editor of Channel Futures. Prior to joining Informa (then VIRGO) in 2008, she was an award-winning copywriter and editor, then senior manager of corporate communications for an international leisure travel corporation and, before that, in charge of creative development and copywriting for a boutique marketing and public relations agency.

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