Hiring Veterans for Local Government Positions

November 21, 2019

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M ilitary veterans are well-trained, disciplined, and experienced - and they have a demonstrated heart for public service. Tapping into this workforce to fill the civilian ranks of public service in local government makes perfect sense.

Human resources professionals will find an abundance of material in this handbook to assist with the veteran workforce in many ways. From understanding the advantages of hiring a veteran, to recognizing the proper fit for a veteran in your organization, to breaking down communication barriers, to making veterans feel comfortable, this publication is a tool to assist human resources professionals in recruiting, onboarding, and managing the employment of veterans from all branches of service.

It would be nearly impossible for one publication to provide everything a human resources manager would need to know about employing veterans. The usefulness of this short handbook is augmented by references from organizations contributing to veteran employment practices: all branches of service, the Disabled American Veterans, the Department of Labor, the Society for Human Resources Management, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and many more.

Ronald Reagan once reminded us that “some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. A veteran doesn’t have that problem.” Use this handbook to help provide veterans an opportunity to make difference in your world of local government.

Chapters include:
  • Advantages of Hiring a Veteran
  • Military Terms and Lingo
  • Military-to-Civilian Job Equivalents
  • Onboarding and Transitioning Veterans into the Local Government Workforce
  • Veterans Task Force Tools & Resources.

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