Health and safety advocate. U.S. military veterans know the importance of health and safety practices that protect themselves and those around them. This awareness makes them uniquely qualified for security and similar positions. In addition, veterans often have CPR skills that can enhance their value in your organization.
Technological know-how. The modern military is highly technical. During their service, many veterans learn highly specialized skills involving state of the art electronics and computer technology.
Diversity and tolerance. Military personnel learn how to work side by side with individuals of diverse beliefs, ethnicities, religions, and economic status. If you are trying to level out a divisive workplace, hiring a veteran is a great way to provide a role model that brings diverse colleagues together. Not to mention, hiring someone with military experience has also been found to increase workplace diversity.
If you have an open position that requires any of the above skills, it’s worthwhile to explore hiring a veteran. There are many great resources to help you get started if you’re looking to fast-track your hiring process, including:
Joining Forces, an organization that works with veterans and their families to develop important skills that help them get the education and planning acumen needed to land a good job.
The Veterans Opportunity to Work program helps veterans transition from a military to civilian life. Employers benefit from hiring vets who’ve gone through the program, which underscores the need for character, strength, and perseverance in their new mission.
Additionally, keep in mind that your business may be eligible for a number of federal and state tax credits for hiring veterans.
Though veterans bring a number of transferable talents and skills to the table, they are often underrepresented in the workplace. Job applicants may be overlooked due to misconceptions about their experience or even physical and mental health. Learn how your recruiting team can overcome unconscious bias with our free webinar, How to Remove Bias From Your Hiring Process.
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