Since the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011 was passed, veterans’ unemployment rate has decreased from 7.7% to 3.4%. More than half of unemployed veterans in 2017 were between 25 and 54 years old; this represents the fraction of the population with the highest financial commitments.
Job searching can be a challenging activity for anyone, but there are currently many companies that hire veterans throughout the country and who offer attractive positions and incentives to help those who have served our country, one that can be as fulfilling as their as military jobs.
Monster.com, a global website for job seekers, published their third annual assessment of the best companies that hire veterans. Here is their top four. These are all companies who actively look to employ veterans, implement policies and support those transitioning into the civilian life.
ManTech International Corporation
ManTech International Corporation provides advanced technology solutions to the U.S.Government since the 1960s. It was listed as one of the most military-friendly companies by G.I. Jobs magazine two years in a row and included at the top of the list of monster.com’s 2017 best companies for veterans for the following reasons:
•More than 60% of hires in 2017 were vets
•Nearly 50% of their workforce are vets
•They have staff focused on veteran recruitment
ManTech has its headquarters in Virginia, but there are branches in several states including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and others.
Intelligent waves were founded in2006 and provide information technology and communication services to several U.S. government institutions. This is a Service-Oriented, Veteran-Owned Small Business and it has made it to the list of Monster’s top companies who hire veterans for the first time for the following reasons:
•Nearly 40% of their hires in 2017 were veterans
•47% of their workforce are veterans
•They have an employee assistance program through which they offer counseling and referral services for veterans.
Intelligent Waves is partners with the Warrior Ethos, an organization dedicated to assisting service members, veterans, and their families in professional development, career planning, and job placement during their transition from the military life.
This company has its headquarters in Virginia.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The United States Customs and Border Protection agency is in charge of facilitating lawful international travel and trade, and they do this through border management and control, immigration, combining customs, border security, and agricultural protection. They employ over 600 thousand people. Of these,
•29% of their employees are veterans
•31% of the people they hire are veterans.
•They employ a full-time Veterans Employment Program Manager whose job is to support the placement of transitioning service members and veterans.
This company is headquartered in Washington but has personnel in all the entry ports nationwide.
This aerospace and global security company has more than 100 thousand employees in the U.S. and worldwide. Lockheed Martin has a very broad spectrum of products and services in different areas including aeronautics, Missiles and Fire Control, Rotary and Mission Systems and Space.
At Lockheed Martin
•1 in 5 employees is a veteran
•28% of their new hires are veterans
The company is headquartered in Maryland but has operations in all 50 states and 52 nations and territories.
This company is committed to empowering veterans who are transitioning into civilian life and their families so that they can connect with their communities and find a life purpose outside the military life.
This list is just a small portion of the companies that hire veterans nationwide. Other national companies who seek to support those who have served our country are Ocean Spray, Pepsico, T-Mobile, Verizon, and more are joining the fight for inclusiveness.