The number of Americans that have served in the military, have family or friends that have served, or know someone who has served decreases more with each year. Americans who have never served are typically unaware of the skills and experiences acquired by those who have served. There is a lot of misconception out there and some of it unfortunately revolves around the perception that such skills and experience are not transferable outside of the military. This article hopes to clear up some of that misconception and give you many great reasons to hire veterans.
The “average speed” of the American workplace seems to be getting faster every year as technology makes everything more efficient and easier, to the point that some workplaces are downright hectic. Employers in the busiest, most hectic industries make sure to recruit only candidates that have demonstrated the ability to think on their feet and make quick decisions. Members of the military are taught to do this from day 1 at their initial training, long before they ever step foot on a battlefield. The reason for this is obvious because the battlefield is an extremely dangerous place and inability to think on ones feet or make quick decision can literally be a matter of life and death.
Most American workplaces are becoming more diverse: “gen z” and baby boomers, men and women, multiple religions, and more races collected in one country than any other country on earth. America is called the great melting pot after all. Veterans are not short on working a diverse workplace because the military is reflective of the diverse nature of the American population overall. Not only have veterans served alongside those who are different from themselves, but they typically do so in stressful situations while accomplishing amazing feats. It is hard to find an institution that puts a greater premium on teamwork!
Being goal-oriented is one of those phrases that has become a little cliché in the modern workplace but it doesn’t seem like it will be going anywhere anytime soon because of just how important it is. Goal-oriented employees know how to meet deadlines, come up with plans, and stay focused, all of which are very valuable traits in just about every industry. The military is all about instilling this trait into veterans because of the dangerous nature of protecting America. Failure is rarely an option, because failure typically means the ultimate sacrifice, so the ability to succeed even if it means altering plans, being intuitive, or sustaining something difficult for an extended period of time. All of these reasons and more are why you should hire a veteran today!