Don’t forget, hire a vet

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Published on November 08, 2011 with No Comments

by Bill Whitmore

Any company that fails to include military veterans in its hiring strategy is missing the chance to work with an employee group of unparalleled potential.  

Veterans bring leadership qualities to the work place. They are results-oriented employees that have a strong sense of accountability and responsibility. The reality is combat leadership and military discipline translates into employees who enhance any organization’s productivity.

While the national unemployment rate hovers around nine percent for civilians, the unemployment rate for young male veterans, including those returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, is more than double the national average at 21.6 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The transition to peacetime work isn’t always easy.

The essential set of life skills military veterans bring to corporate America makes them an important asset. The military trains our soldiers to lead by example as well as understanding the nuances of delegation and motivation. As Gen. Douglas McArthur said, “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.” 

Military veterans understand the value of teamwork, which they apply in the workplace and the board room. Veterans understand their role within an organizational framework and serve as role models to subordinates while demonstrating accountability and leadership to supervisors.

Veterans generally enter the workforce with identifiable skills that can be transferred to the business world and are often skilled in technical trends pertinent to business and industry.

They have been trained to learn – making them receptive and ready hires in work environments that value ongoing learning and training. 

Veterans represent diversity and collaborative teamwork in action having served with people from diverse economic, ethnic and geographic backgrounds as well as race, religion and gender. Even under dire stress, veterans complete tasks and assignments in a timely manner as they have labored under restrictive schedules and resources on the battlefields and in military installations.

Employers can find qualified veterans from a variety of sources, including the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve,,, and the Wounded Warriors Project.

Employers can become true partners with selected veterans’ organizations and work with them proactively to ensure maximizing recruitment from an extremely qualified talent pool.

By employing military veterans, we are saying, “thank you for your service and for protecting us from terrorism and other threats.”

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