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The U.S. military depends upon uniformed public affairs personnel to help protect and defend America. When these dedicated veterans return from service, many seek to transition to civilian careers in public relations.

If you are an employer hiring public relations talent, learn why hiring a veteran is not only the right thing to do, but can be good for your organization.

And if you do hire a veteran, know that PRSA offers the first 20 qualified veterans that apply a free one-year membership in PRSA (sponsored by Bell Helicopter) to facilitate networking and professional development — another reason why hiring a veteran is the right decision!

Reasons for Hiring Vets:

Abilities Transferable Skills
Mission Focus Leading communication teams
Discipline Managing strategy
Commitment Responding to media queries
Team Leadership Directing local and national outreach campaigns
Flexibility Writing implementation plans
Problem Solving Skills Spokesperson at unit/regional levels
Organization Initiating company blogs
Priority Driven Develop social media plans
Results Oriented Translating technical information into easy-to-understand text

 

Returning military veterans also may hold professional credentials such as the APR or APR+M

Resources from America’s Heroes at Work will give you more information about:

  • Tax incentives.
  • The military culture.
  • Resources to convert military into civilian qualifications.
  • The different types of military service.
  • What you can and should not ask during an interview.
  • Creating a culturally sensitive new hire orientation plan.
  • How much veterans appreciate a veteran-friendly workplace.

Post your open position on the PRSA Jobcenter and upgrade your posting with the “Veterans Upgrade” targeting veterans for open positions.

View the full Employer Hiring Veterans Toolkit.

For more information, contact John Kesaris.