Military Recruiting vs Corporate Recruiting

After servicing 33 years with the Air Force and the past 19 years in the Recruiting and Retention fields, I now find myself employed as a corporate level recruiter for a government contractor. I recruit for various positions on military installations (aircraft mechanics, civil engineers, electrical engineers, etc.)  and most of the Hiring Managers want applicants with a military background who have experience in their related fields.

Does anyone know of any employment web sites that target these type of applicants? I already have contacts within the military sites for TAP & ACAP briefings, but those are mainly for people who are currently leaving the military. I need people who may be in IRR status or at least with recent military experience.

I already work with Monster,, GI and one or two others, but their resumes are pretty old and I need people with more current experience. Thanks in advance!  

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Comment by Sandra McCartt on August 3, 2011 at 2:01pm
James, i have used one called Hire a Hero.  It is targeted to returning military in many cases just mustering out so might be a help.
Comment by James F. Jeter on August 3, 2011 at 2:10pm
Thank you, Sandra. I am sure there are many sites available, it is just a matter of locating them and cutting through the clutter to find the legitimate ones.
Comment by Valentino Martinez on August 3, 2011 at 3:07pm


When we were aggressively recruiting for the B-1B build-up for Rockwell International--I utilized Bernard Hodes Group who is in the business of assessing recruitment options and sources for targeted recruiting purposes. 

Please communicate your needs to Philip Gentile, SVP at:  

I'm sure he'll come up with some ideas for you.


Comment by Amy Ala Miller on August 3, 2011 at 8:28pm
Hi James, not sure where in the country your located but your local state employment office (in Washington State it's WorkSource) should employ Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVERS).  They work specifically with military veterans and should be able to connect you to additional resources.
Comment by Tracey Cress on August 4, 2011 at 9:21am


I am a Technical Recruiter for an IT sub-contractor for the USAF.   We recruite candidates with military backgrounds as well.   Here is the link for the government job board for vets:


Comment by Tracey Cress on August 4, 2011 at 9:28am


It looks like they have changed the government veteran job board to the following: Toolkit


Hope this helps!


Comment by James F. Jeter on August 4, 2011 at 9:38am
Great responses, thanks to all of you!!!!
Comment by Megan Flynn on August 4, 2011 at 10:19am is a good site. Everyone on there has a government clearance and most of them have military background. Not as specific as some of the other sites focused on just people with military backgrounds, but I'm sure it would have a different pool of candidates for you.
Comment by James F. Jeter on August 4, 2011 at 10:25am
Thanks Megan. Actually that is good information because there are civilians, who have never been in the military at all, yet they have the experience by working on military sites.
Comment by Kevin Spain on August 4, 2011 at 12:31pm

James, I'm retired Navy 8 years in Navy Recruiting, 6 years Corporate now.  Try posting to, VetJobs, VetCenteral, Marines for Life, Navy League, Contact Navy Seebee bases for Engineers.

Go to conferences like ERE where you can network with other recruiters - share resumes.

Take Care





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