Struggling to explain how their military experience translates; competing with candidates who have been in the workforce for longer; and the fear that employers do not value or understand military experience are all common barriers veterans face when it comes to applying for jobs.

Employers that have successfully recruited veterans have developed specific employment programmes that include quality inductions, work placements, and a detailed on-boarding process.

Practical steps:

  • Ensure veterans are not sifted out in the early stages through HR systems or sub-contracted recruitment practices.

  • Train recruiters to spot examples of relevant military experience and encourage veterans to talk about their achievements during the interview process.

  • Advertise your jobs for free through the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership, Officers Association, or White Ensign Association, and meet Service leavers and veterans at employment fairs.

  • Find out if any of your existing employees are ex-military personnel or spouses and enlist their help to sift through CVs or develop an employment support programme.

  • Promote case studies of successful ex-military hires on your website to help demonstrate your willingness to hire veterans.

Case study

Barclay’s Armed Forces Transition Employment and Resettlement (AFTER) programme uses the expertise of their strong military alumnus to look at applications from service leavers and help to ‘translate’ them for those in the business with limited military experience.