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Workforce Readiness Research Series

As part of our broader employment research series, and with the generous financial support and collaboration of USAA, we are exploring the topic of workforce readiness as it relates to transitioning service members and veterans in the civilian labor force. The Workforce Readiness Research Series will cover a range of important topics, including:

  • The complex relationship between transitioning service members and veterans and workforce readiness
  • Interactions between career preferences, job matching, performance, and retention
  • Links between financial readiness, spouse employment, and workforce readiness
  • Employer perspectives on workforce readiness and key factors and practices that influence retention and job satisfaction among veteran employees

I. Work After Service: Developing Workforce Readiness and Veteran Talent for the Future

The first paper in this series builds a framework for an enhanced understanding of the concept of workforce readiness as it applies to transitioning service members and veterans.

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II. Revisiting the Business Case for Hiring A Veteran: A Strategy for Cultivating Competitive Advantage

The second paper in the series responds to recent focus and debate on measuring companies’ return on investment for their veteran hiring programs and emphasizes how employers can turn veteran talent into a competitive advantage in talent acquisition, talent deployment and talent development.

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III. Workforce Readiness Alignment: The Relationship Between Job Preferences, Retention, and Earnings

The third paper in this series addresses the complex and interrelated relationship between veteran job preferences, skills-matching, performance, and positive career outcomes such as retention and earnings. The research provides a deeper analysis of veterans’ employment experiences post-separation, specifically the long term benefits of aligning military-conferred skills with career goals and expectations.

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