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Employment

Veteran employment has improved greatly in recent years. Still, younger veterans and some women and minority veterans have struggled to find purposeful, long-term employment after service. Military spouses, too, face widespread un- or under-employment. Our employment research seeks out greater understanding around how to best prepare transitioning service members for meaningful careers and how employers can best recruit, place, and develop veteran and military spouse talent within their workforce.

Featured Projects

Review of Presidential Executive Order EO13518

In collaboration with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the IVMF has been charged with conducting a formal review of EO13518’s implementation over its lifespan and will offer recommendations and future areas of focus for policymakers and senior agency leaders in late 2016.

Workforce Readiness Series

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.

Employing Military Spouses Series

This in-depth look at military spouse employment outcomes will expand the understanding of challenges faced by working spouses and parents, and will identify areas for improvement in public policy that can benefit working military families.

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View Our Research Series

Most of the needs and concerns of veterans and military families are complex and interrelated, therefore many of IVMF’s research initiatives, both independent and sponsored, are delivered in series form with multiple research products in order to effectively communicate the nuances of our research findings.

Workforce Readiness Series
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.

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

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

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

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Employing Military Spouses Series
This in-depth look at military spouse employment outcomes will expand the understanding of challenges faced by working spouses and parents, and will identify areas for improvement in public policy that can benefit working military families.

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1. The Force Behind The Force: A Business Case for Leveraging Military Spouse Employment

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2. The Force Behind the Force: Case Profiles of Successful Military Spouses Balancing Employment, Service, and Family

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Military Spouse Employment Report

IVMF and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) partnered in a survey-based research project to more accurately assess the current military spouse employment situation and career-related challenges to better inform government and industry stakeholders on how to expand their career opportunities.

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Veterans in Philanthropy

IVMF partnered with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in an effort to gain deeper insight into to the characteristics of veterans who are employed in the philanthropic sector (i.e., foundations and grantmaking organizations) and to better understand their occupational roles and potential pathways to employment for prospective veterans.

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A Business Case For Hiring Veterans in Retail

This paper examines the practices of three retailers: Walmart, Disney, and Starbucks to highlight their military and veteran hiring initiatives, their evolution over time, key differentiators of each initiative, and common practices they have leveraged to implement successful military hiring strategies.

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