As the nation celebrates Independence Day, it’s important to remember and honor the veterans who sacrificed for the country’s freedom. It’s also important to recognize what assets American veterans are to the workforce and the potential they offer to your organization.

Veterans are a highly-skilled, diverse set of individuals who currently are under a protected status per EEOC and OFCCP standards. The OFCCP recently announced that the VEVRAA hiring benchmark is at 6.7 percent to reflect the national percentage of veterans currently in the civilian labor force. Regardless of the benchmark, there are many benefits to hiring veterans at your organization and BirdDogHR makes hiring veterans an easily-trackable process through their various software options tailored to fit your business.

Many veterans have experience and skillsets that make them highly qualified candidates for jobs in your workplace. They work well as team members, possess high-level problem solving skills, are hardworking and able to easily adapt to evolving situations. Hiring a veteran will likely help your organization gain a loyal employee with skills that will be of benefit to your team. Optimize your number of qualified applicants by reaching out to this group with highly-developed skills.

Reaching out to veterans gives your organization a way to meet the hiring benchmarks and explore more talent options. In this situation, outreach can be done by reaching out to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor, organizations such as Hire Heroes USA, and other state government offices tasked with helping veterans find employment. This small investment of time will yield large results when it comes to the number of qualified candidates in your hiring pool.

The BirdDogHR Recruiting Management System makes it simple to track and recruit qualified candidates and meet EEOC standards. Through batching, the ATS sifts through applicants to find the most qualified candidates while keeping diversity and inclusion in mind, documenting the process to show good faith efforts. BirdDogHR Employee Onboarding Software allows its customers to track ethnicity, veteran status, and disability status for its new hires, potentially centralizing all your tracking information if your organization uses the BirdDogHR Talent Management System.