Hiring a veteran is more than a patriotic act. It is a prudent and profitable business strategy.
1. Trainability and adaptability
Veterans have a proven ability to learn new skills quickly and efficiently. Service members are graduates of the world’s largest system of professional and technical training schools operated by the Department of Justice. They can enter your workforce with transferable expert skills, proven under real world conditions. This background can enhance any organization’s productivity.
2. Battle-tested leadership qualities
The military trains soldiers to lead by example and through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration. Leadership to even lead companies. Several Fortune 500 company CEO’s come from the military veteran ranks, including Exxon Mobil, Wal-Mart, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Chevron, Berkshire Hathaway, etc.
The foundation of military service is teamwork. Military duties involve the ability to execute both individual tasks and group endeavors. Veterans have survived in the trenches by learning to count on their team.
Veterans have learned how to work side by side with all individuals regardless of race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, etc. Military service in different countries makes for a diverse cultural experience.
5. Performance under pressure
Veterans understand what it means to perform under difficult conditions. They understand the rigors of tight schedules, and limited resources. Adherence to procedures and deadlines are part of their normal routine.
6. Strong work ethic
Veterans are hard-workers who have been tested in ways that regular civilians have not. Their training and experience instill a mindset oriented to working toward an objective until it is achieved.
7. Technology and globalization
Veterans are aware of international and emerging technological trends, and how they apply to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy to enrich any corporate technology initiatives.
Veterans know the value of “an honest day’s work” and have lived under a strong Code of Ethics on a daily basis. Prospective employers can take advantage of a proven track record of honesty and integrity, often including security clearances.
9. Talent and Dependability
Veterans contribute extraordinary talents that will grow your company and quickly add value. They have had to use critical thinking skills to act decisively in fulfilling operational objectives on the battlefield.
10. Triumph over adversity
Veterans have shown time and time again that they can survive the harshest of conditions and succeed in mission-critical situations.