Korn Ferry Executive Survey finds lack of Veteran Recruiting and Onboarding Programs


LOS ANGELES, May 19, 2015Korn Ferry, a Korn Ferry company (NYSE: KFY) specializing in high- impact talent solutions, today announced results of a global executive survey that shows organizations lack an organized focus on recruiting veterans.

Eighty percent of respondents say their organizations do not have specific veteran hiring outreach programs and 81 percent say they do not have clear messaging on why veterans should join their company. Further, 71 percent say their organizations do not provide training to hiring managers or recruiters on veteran-specific hiring, and more than half (52 percent) do not provide onboarding or transition support to veteran hires.

When considering the skills veterans bring to organizations, nearly half (47 percent) of respondents said “leadership” is the military skill set that translates most directly to a management role in their organization, followed by “team mentality” (20 percent) and “goal focus” (13 percent). Full survey results are at the end of the news release.

“Transitioning military members bring with them invaluable skills, experiences and traits, such as precise communication, individual accountability, impeccable execution and natural leadership,” said Bill Sebra, president, Korn Ferry North America. “Organizational leaders who make a concentrated effort on recruiting vets will no doubt benefit from new employees who display poise, ingenuity and the ability to handle stressful situations.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than one million military service members are projected to leave the military in the coming years.

Korn Ferry works with organizations to create robust military recruiting programs that offer effective employer brand strategies and accompanying Employee Value Proposition (EVP) designed specifically for transitioning military members. This includes online talent communities that explore many ways employers can help veterans to succeed when they decide to make the transition to a civilian career.

“For our clients, military recruiting is much more than corporate social responsibility,” said Sebra. “It’s a smart business decision – one that harnesses the amazing skills and talents of veterans to create successful outcomes for the company and the individual.”

About the survey:

There were more than 700 responses to the global survey, which took place in April 2015.


What military skill set translates most directly to a management role within your organization?



Team Mentality


Goal Focus


Respect for Hierarchy


Communication Skills


Technical Ability


Does your organization have a veteran hiring outreach program in place?





Does your organization have clear messaging on why veterans should join your company?





Does your organization provide training to hiring managers or recruiters on veteran specific hiring practices?





Does your organization provide onboarding or transition support to your veteran hires?





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