Benefits of Hiring Veterans
Veterans can bring a unique, one-of-a-kind skill set and mind set to your organization. The following reasons are just some the great qualities you can get in an employee by hiring a veteran:
- Leadership - The military trains people to accept and discharge responsibility for activities, resources and one's own behavior. This training includes setting an example, giving carefully considered directions, inspiring leadership capabilities in others and continually motivating others.
- Teamwork - Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one's colleagues and how diverse individuals/groups can best work together to achieve overarching objectives.
- Diversity - Veterans come from every walk of life and have worked alongside others regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity, gender or mental/physical capabilities.
- Core Values - While each branch of military has a specific set of "core values," they all revolve around the same basic principles: Accountability, Commitment, Integrity and Service before Self.
- Self-direction - Military members are trained to understand and solve difficult and complex issues without step-by-step guidance from above.
- Ability to meet deadlines and handle stress - One definite characteristic of military service is that service members must perform. They must do their job, do it right the first time and in a timely fashion. They are continuously setting priorities, meeting schedules and accomplishing their missions. Pressure and stress are built into this, but service members are taught how to deal with all these factors in a positive and effective manner.
- Time Management - Military members know how to accomplish tasks on time and to multitask. They understand the importance of dedication and perseverance and are individuals who have triumphed over adversity.
- Specialized advanced training - All military members receive advanced training in their fields. Their career fields designate a specialized focus and skill building for their individual jobs. Advanced training and cross-referenced training can be on computerized, financial, medical, engineering, administrative, personnel, technical mechanical or security fields.
- Adhere to health and safety standards - Veterans understand the importance of health and safety standards that help in the protection of themselves, other people and property.
- Planning and organization - Most military operations require thorough planning and workload management. Carefully considered objectives, strengths and limitations of other people, resources, time schedules, supplies, logistics and various other factors are always being considered. Organization, evaluation and adjustment are continuously being assessed.
- Drug free - With an Honorable discharge, service members are certified drug free.
- Ability to conform to rules and structure - In any organization and especially in the military, there must be rules and structure to avoid chaos and internal breakdown. Individuals in the service have learned and followed rules every day in their working environment. While in this environment, they have also learned loyalty to their units and their leaders.
- Respect for procedures - Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They understand how policies and procedures yield stability, safety and productivity.
- Rapid Learning Skills - Veterans possess identifiable and transferable skills proven to achieve success and have the proven ability to quickly learn new skills and concepts.
- Technology Knowledge - Today's military relies on some of the most cutting edge technology in the world. Many times, military members are the first ones to adopt new technology. Many veterans are aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy necessary for success.