Every year about 250,000 people transition out of the US armed forces and begin looking for jobs as part of the civilian workforce. While serving their country, veterans develop a robust set of skills applicable to many areas of today's businesses. In fact as of October 2019, the unemployment rate among veterans was lower than the overall unemployment rate, which has fallen to the lowest rate since 2000. The competition for veteran talent has never been tougher.
Despite burgeoning opportunity, it can be challenging for former servicepeople to sort through hundreds of jobs to find the right one; often times the titles they receive in the service don’t match civilian job titles. As a result, it can be difficult to find best-fit roles using a traditional job search designed for users who know the job title they’re looking for.
Introducing Phenom Military Code Search
With Phenom military code search, we are providing Phenom customers with a better way to recruit veteran talent and create a more inclusive candidate experience. Veterans are no longer required to input a specific job title in order to search for jobs. Instead, they will be able to input their military occupation specialty code in a dedicated search bar to receive relevant jobs that require skills similar to those they developed in service.
Currently, all US military occupational specialty codes are accepted:
United States Army and United States Marine Military Occupational Specialties (MOS)
United States Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC)
United States Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC)
By simplifying the job search process and enhancing the candidate experience, veterans can easily discover the connection between the skills they earned in the military with available civilian jobs.
Improving the Veteran Candidate Experience Beyond Your Career Site
While your career site is one place veterans can use their military occupation code, Google is where most people begin to look for jobs—and also allows veterans to input their military occupation code to find their next job.
To ensure your requisitions show up in Google search results, Phenom automatically indexes each individual listing. Have a job that you typically hire veterans for? We can help you rank higher in Google search results by marking them as relevant for servicepeople.
Supporting Your Veteran Hiring Initiatives
The Phenom military search bar doesn’t just enhance the candidate experience for veterans—it’s also designed to supplement your military hiring initiatives. In addition to adding this feature to a dedicated military hiring page on your career site, consider how you might be able to further optimize their experience. Adding key pieces of information that outlines your commitment to veterans—such as veteran testimonials, any related programs or initiatives you have, as well as featured jobs that are typically a good fit for former servicepeople—is a good place to start.
If you don’t have a military hiring strategy, examine how it might fit into your overall hiring efforts and expand your talent pool to one that is more inclusive.
Want to learn more about improving your candidate experience for veterans? Get a demo of the Phenom military code search today!