Hiring Veterans is Good Business, Not Just Goodwill
Information compliments of Military Advantage Inc. (www.military.com)
Veterans represent a rich source of talent and competitive advantage for the companies that hire them. The U.S. government spends more than $14 billion annually in training to hone technical and leadership skills for those in the military. Until now, finding the elusive transitioning veteran was difficult, but technology has transformed employers' ability to tap into large numbers of skilled veterans.
There are 14 million veterans in the workforce; 250,000 people transition out of the military annually. They come from diverse backgrounds and possess unique qualifications, including security clearances, leadership experience, technical expertise, and maturity.
Here are some ways to tap into this talent pool:
HireVetsFirst.gov harnesses the power of free job postings for employers and unprecedented access to the 2,000 One-Stop Career Centers nationwide where employers can go to receive assistance in connecting to and recruiting veterans.
Monster, the leading career site, specially flags the more than 100,000 veteran resumes in its database.
Military.com - the largest online military destination, provides unparalleled, efficient access to transitioning veterans by leveraging the scope and power of Military.com. Military.com is now able to provide employers with maximum brand exposure and ultimate access to the military community.
Transitioning service members have relocation benefits and often the desire to move for the right career opportunity.
10 Reasons To Hire a Veteran:
Accelerated learning curve. - Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real world situations. This background can enhance your organization's productivity.
Leadership. - The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.
Teamwork. - Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one's colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes relate to each other and an overarching objective.
Diversity and inclusion in action. - Veterans have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion and economic status as well as mental, physical and attitudinal capabilities. They have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals.
Efficient performance under pressure. - Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.
Respect for procedures. - Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates' actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.
Technology and globalization. - Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.
Integrity. - Veterans know what it means to do "an honest day's work." Prospective employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness.
Conscious of health and safety standards. - Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property and materials.
Triumph over adversity. - In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina and flexibility. They may have overcome personal disabilities through strengths and determination.
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Posted February 13, 2006