Forbes: 10 great companies for veterans in 2017

November 17, 2017 Audra Jenkins

Each year, Veterans Day gives the U.S. an opportunity to honor those who have served. It’s also a reminder that veterans play an integral role in our communities and our workplaces. This year’s survey of top veteran-friendly companies showcases those employers that have made a true commitment to recruiting, hiring and developing the talents of former military men and women.


Audra Jenkins, chief diversity and inclusion officer with Randstad North America, echoes the value that veterans bring to a company. “Veterans tend to be highly organized, natural born leaders,” she says. After years serving in military units, veterans are also uniquely suited to team-centric environments. However, they tend to have challenges communicating their experience in civilian terms.


That’s why it’s so important that recruiters are trained to translate military experience into proper placements and that managers have a development plan that leverages that experience. “If you want to retain veterans, I think it really starts with making sure you set them up for success,” says Jenkins.


See the list of's 2017 Best Companies For Veterans and learn how Randstad Sourceright’s veteran talent pipeline (VTP) can support your hiring and retention efforts.


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Audra Jenkins

As chief diversity and inclusion officer, Jenkins spearheads initiatives both within and outside of our organization. She not only advances diversity and inclusion among internal employees, she also partners with customers as they work to achieve their own diversity goals. Jenkins firmly believes that diversity and inclusion must be woven into every aspect of the talent life cycle to attract quality candidates, enhance employee engagement and drive performance. She brings more than 20 years of human resources, diversity and compliance experience, along with a passion for advocating on behalf of underserved populations. She is the executive sponsor for Randstad’s Hire Hope program, which provides career readiness training and job placement services to at-risk women, including survivors of exploitation and trafficking.

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