G.I. Jobs Releases 2011 Military Friendly Employers ® Benchmarking Report

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Report reveals how top-tier companies attract and retain former military employees

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“For years, the thousands of firms which didn’t make the list have asked us how they can do better,” said Rich McCormack, who heads G.I. Jobs’ list research. “With the 2011 Benchmarking Report, we’re able to show them.

In response to increasing corporate desire for the best policies and practices used in world class corporate military hiring programs, G.I. Jobs is pleased to announce its much-anticipated 2011 Benchmarking Report. The report provides an in-depth look at the data behind the annual G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list. The full report can be downloaded free at http://www.gijobs.com/benchmarking

“Appearing on the G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list is recognition of these companies’ hard work and their allocation of resources to recruiting from this invaluable employee base,” said Sean Collins, Senior Brand Manager for G.I. Jobs.

Recognition may be an understatement, given that only the top 2 percent of all eligible corporations are named to the G.I. Jobs list annually. With the release of the best practices in place, other firms now have the standards by which to improve their own military recruiting programs.

“For years, the thousands of firms which didn’t make the list have asked us how they can do better,” said Rich McCormack, who heads G.I. Jobs’ list research. “With the 2011 Benchmarking Report, we’re able to show them. The bar is high, but they can get there. More importantly, in an era of decreasing employee loyalty, high turnover and employees demanding more and more from employers, former military employees, who represent solutions to many of those issues, are in their highest demand ever.”

Some highlights from data in The Top 100 Benchmarking Report found that in 2011:

  •     An average of 23 percent of the Top 100 corporations’ new hires were military veterans, up from 20 percent last year and 17 percent in 2009.
  •     An average of 32 percent of the Top 100 corporations’ total annual recruitment budgets were targeted toward military hiring, up from 28 percent last year and 24 percent in 2009.

The military produces nearly 400,000 new civilian workers annually, making it one of the largest and arguably the most valuable source of renewable, skilled talent in the country.

The G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list honors the companies that are doing the most to recruit America’s veterans. The first of its kind and in operation for eight years, the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list is the exclusive rater of military friendly companies based on data from an annual employer survey and overseen by an independent Advisory Board. The 2011 list is available at: http://www.gijobs.com/top100mfe

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