I’m a service disabled veteran (have all of my limbs but with some mobility issues), who’s taken the gamble of starting my own company.
There’s a large veteran population seeking employment. As a veteran business owner it’s my honor to educate others as to how hiring veterans benefits your company:
- Veterans are mission driven. Because of our training you can give us a task with a goal and get out of the way! We’re not “time-clock” driven and failure is not an option.
- Veterans need little to no supervision because we understand the meaning of accountability and integrity.
- Veterans take less time off. Vets generally have to be told to take vacation and on average, take fewer sick days. Less sick time means more productivity.
- Veterans make great managers. Retired vets are generally Officers or Noncommissioned Officers, meaning they’re experienced in training and motivating people, so you spend less money on training.
- Veterans are decision makers. Vets are great at organizing chaos and rapidly making decisions in high stress situations. Vets know that not doing anything is tantamount to failure.
- Veterans cost less to employ. They have healthcare, and if you hire enough you qualify for a tax break (check state and local regulations!).
- Veterans are loyal. Treat a vet fairly and they’ll stick with you through thick and thin.
Fill your company with vets, turn them loose with some realistic goals and see how fast things change. I assure you, no other employee will work harder to make you a success.
How to Understand Veterans
The biggest disadvantage vets have finding jobs is they’re not taught to highlight their experiences in terms a hiring manager understands.
Ask an Army or Marine Corps vet: “What did you do in the service?” and they may answer, “I was an infantry platoon squad leader responsible for 13 people.” The hiring manager will note the answer but hasn’t a clue as to what they meant. They might see a supervisory trait but aren’t sure how it’ll benefit their company.
Although vets have access to programs to help with the transition, the civilian population needs to know how to relate to vets. With some basic training on listening to a vets answer, Hiring Managers will be able to realize which vets are skilled enough to land supervisory roles.
Many vets are technically proficient at high demand jobs. Though the military uses different terms, the position is the same. When interviewing a vet be sure you understand the vet’s experience and abilities prior to making a hiring decision.
Things are tough and could get tougher. Challenges looming on the horizon could demand the precision decision making and dogged determination a vet brings to the table. That’s why I hire vets…and you should, too.