Entry #3: Why You Should Hire Veterans

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.

Richard A. Satterfield III, President
Rastronics Security Solutions, Inc.
Bradenton, Florida
Office: (941) 348-1212
Mobile: (757) 620-6310
eMail: Richard@Rastronics.org


About Dan Gallo

I'm a small business lifer, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door as a kid in The Bronx. I've played guitar and enjoyed baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). Just prior to marrying Kim in 1983 I became a Christian. We have two sons; Daniel's a musician & social media expert with a smart, insightful sense of humor, and Adam who recently graduated from Brooklyn College double majoring in Creative Writing/Literature and Anthropology. Adam now works in the non-profit sector. Since 2002 one thing we love to do together is go on service/missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent 60+ weeks in Belize with this missions organization http://twaw.org. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and been self-employed ever since. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in '04. After 2 years w/ the acquiring company I started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Small Business Consulting, Fund Raising/Capital Raise-up Campaigns, Sales Strategy, Outsourced Sales Agency work, & Digital Marketing Programs (Social Media, SEM, etc.) since April 2006. Notable projects: Hired as Small Business Advocate and Social Media Director for IBM's "Supplier-Connection" - Feb '11-Dec '13. Hired as COO to help turn-around late stage start-up software company myVRM. Jul12-Dec '13 Hired as CEO of CoupleWise.com, a Digital Health2.0 app, to write business plan, raise seed capital, & completely redesign and relaunch the app. Aug '16 I won a Finalist spot for MassChallenge UK's 2016 fall cohort in London from Sept thru Nov. Started Oct15 - Current. I enjoy helping turn-around struggling small businesses, and launching new business ventures. Feel free to contact me with opportunities.
This entry was posted in June 2012 Contest and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Entry #3: Why You Should Hire Veterans

  1. Tom G says:

    I would like any suggestions on hiring websites that you have had success with that cater to veterans

  2. Rich says:

    Tom and all,
    There are a variety of places to target veterans. Some resources are free and some require a subscription like all job posting boards. I am placing a list of job boards that I know most vets are familiar with and use. The first two are the best known.
    1. http://militaryhire.com/
    2. http://www.corporategray.com/
    4. http://www.monster.com/ (make sure to ask veterans to apply)
    5. http://www.indeed.com/ (again make sure to word posting to specifically target vets)
    6.http://www.careerbuilder.com/ (I have posted jobs and worded it specifically for vets)

    Another incredible resource is to reach out to your nearest military installation, by direction all have a Transition Assistance Program (TAP) that is for all retiring and separating service members. They will all generally have a job board that the people can search that take the class. They will also allow you to speak to the class or invite you to be a member of the panel of hiring companies that highlights the type of person they are looking for and review resumes. If you participate feel free to make an offer or arrange a second interview.

    An additional and generally free resource is your State Employment Commission. I would speak to a veterans service counselor and be prepared to send a batch of open positions. These services are provided to veterans to help them transition back into civilian life and getting that first job is part of the process.

    Finally, consider hiring a veteran owned business that recruits veterans. All you need to do is send position descriptions and let them do the work. As an example I offer that service for Security related services as well as some IT and support services. The advantage is a veteran owned and staffed business understands the veteran and what they are saying and can translate so both sides get a win. You get a great employee and the veteran finds a job and is on his or her way to a successful transition.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s