Big transition and big change are never easy for anyone. This is especially true of military personnel making the transition from military to civilian, and finding a job or new career. And while there are many military-friendly employers out there, the job hunt will still start out with creating and submitting resumes. There are great resources on information regarding building a military resume. Once the resume is done, the job hunt begins.
There are other resources out there as well, catering to how to make the transition from military to civilian and finding jobs.
So I did some research to find the top 5 military-friendly employers upon transition. There is a top 100 list on this website, which is where I found some of the best military-friendly employers. Of course, more research should be done about specific companies, and surprisingly, some of the top military-friendly employers are not in the defense field.
1. USAA offers employment to active duty military and for those that have made the transition into the workplace. This was the #1 military-friendly employer listed on militaryfriendly.com. USAA can offer more than just a great salary and health benefits. They offer health benefits and life insurance to the military service member or retiree and military dependents. They are a military dependent/spouse-friendly employer as well. They hire active duty, reservists, and veterans and military retirees. When working for USAA when on active duty, job positions are available upon return from any deployment. Can’t beat that, huh?
2. CSX Corporation was next on the list at #2 for military-friendly employers. CSX is growing bigger each year, as the main railroad system on the east coast for freight transport. According to militaryfriendly.com, 1 in 5 employees of CSX are currently serving or have served in the military. They cater to military workers, especially vets, military to civilian transitions, and the Guard and Reservists. Health benefits and life insurance are made available to the employee and any military dependents and military spouses. Positions are available upon return from deployment of military service members, much like USAA.
3. Deloitte Federal is #3 on the list; it is classified as a defense company, but also is listed in the automotive and aerospace industry, as well as offering business solutions across the U.S. This company is pro-military for their hires, as discipline, time management, and work ethic are something that is naturally ingrained in military service members. If the service member has specialized in engineering, finance, intelligence, logistics, or Signal Corp for example, Deloitte Federal will most likely have a job waiting! Military spouses are welcome as employees as well, and the health benefits and life insurance coverage are offered to employees, military dependents, and military spouses.
4. Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. is described (on their website) as being a “leading provider of management and consulting services to the U.S. Government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets…”. This company is definitely pro-military, as it seeks employees with leadership and functional skills in logistics, analytics, and technology, to name a few. They also cater to military spouses, offering day-care and part-time employment. And whether in the military or a military spouse, Booz Allen offers same-salaried position upon return from deployment. And just like the above employers, Booz Allen offers health benefits and life insurance coverage to employees, military dependents and military spouses.
5. Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway is one of the largest railroad networks in North America, operating in the western two-thirds of the U.S. They offer day-care reimbursement to military spouses and position availability upon return from deployments. They also offer relocation advice and services for military and military spouse employees. Health benefits and life insurance coverage is also offered to military employees, spouses, and dependents, just like the above employers.
These are the top 5 military-friendly employers out of a list of 100, according to militaryfriendly.com. All companies listed have private websites with more information regarding the application process, hiring details, and qualifications. If there are any other lists of top military-friendly employers with companies differing from those I have listed, please feel free to include them in the comments section. Contribution is appreciated!
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