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Tips To Spend Less Time Translating Veteran Resumes

More than ever, hiring departments across corporate America are creating company goals and missions with veterans in mind as critical components for success. Not only do these individuals bring in standout hard and soft skills but thanks to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (the PATH Act) signed by President Obama in 2015, companies are now incentivized to hire veterans to get tax credits.

Statistics from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs show that an average of 300,000 active-duty soldiers will transition from the military to civilian life each year for the next five years. That’s more than 1.5 million service members that need to be placed in jobs in veteran-friendly organizations.

While this seems like a simple win-win situation, many hiring managers struggle with  actually understanding how certain military skills apply to private-sector workplaces before they hire veterans. Overcoming this hurdle will enable companies to fully comprehend the value vets bring to the workplace and place them accurately, combatting attrition and improving retention rates.

The solution lies in effectively translating veteran resumes while not allowing a lag to occur in the normal onboarding process. Here are some key ways to efficiently translate veteran resumes so that you’re able to hire vets with the necessary acumen.


Hire a veteran internally who understands what veteran resumes mean.

Having a veteran on your internal hiring team means having an expert on vet skills at your disposal. Military experience differs across branches. So if you’re considering hiring a vet to join your internal team, it is crucial that this individual has a diverse knowledge of skills in each area of the armed forces. 

This solution will ensure your hiring team has extensive knowledge and understanding of veteran resumes and capabilities in the civilian workforce. Keep in mind that this route will not make sense for every organization. If your veteran hiring initiative involves hiring hundreds of vets per year, spending a significant cost to hire a dedicated specialist – that will bring in the right talent — is in your wheelhouse.


Use a military-skills translator or resume generator.

Translators and resume generators have been growing in popularity over the last few years. For instance, AT&T, Microsoft, and Monster.com have translators on their sites, and they work well. This is a great tactic for quickly decoding military jargon into work experience more relevant to your needs.

But, these tools have limitations. While all the candidates look solid, the resumes are essentially identical; the listed job skills and experience aren’t differentiated. It’s important to understand each veteran candidate’s unique skillset so that you can accurately fill your organization’s needs.


Leverage a veteran-talent acquisition platform that serves up pre-vetted candidates.

Every hiring manager wants to efficiently source the best candidates, and that comes down to tapping into the right talent off the bat through translating veteran resumes experiences.

With a pool of pre-vetted veterans, you’ll have instant access to candidates that fit your open roles.

GuideOn is a veteran-talent acquisition platform that pre-vets candidates via military translation technology that makes their skills and experience easier for you to understand. Having pre-translated resumes and knowing exactly which skilled veterans best match your open jobs will amplify your sourcing process and bring more value to your organization, not to mention place veterans in roles they’re best suited for.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to leverage a veteran-talent acquisition platform that serves up pre-vetted candidates to transform your hiring process, request a call with a member of our team!

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