In honor of Veterans Day, we wanted to explore a few of the many reasons why retired or former service members make great corporate employees. While there are more than a few organizations which hesitate to hire from this demographic, these organizations are simply missing out on a group of candidates who are uniquely situated to contribute to the organization. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should take a look at a veteran candidate:
Experience in Diverse Working Environments
Service members have worked in adverse conditions, been stationed in multiple states and countries, and with a diverse swath of people. This experience makes veterans highly adaptable to changing needs in the workplace, and allows them to more easily work within a team dynamic, even if that team is made up of individuals with different backgrounds or opinions than their own.
Strong Teamwork Skills
Speaking of teamwork, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a candidate who better understands the importance of a cohesive team unit than a veteran. In every branch of the military, every person has a specific function or job to fulfill to ensure the safety and success of the team as a whole. That mindset translates into the business sector, making veterans adept at understanding the value of each individual’s contribution – and more likely to hold fellow employees accountable.
Great Communication Skills
One of my father’s (retired Marine) favorite sayings is “trust, but verify.” While I usually only heard him use it when I was telling him where I was planning on going Saturday nights while I was in high school, it applies to internal communications as well. Veterans are used to having to operating within a communication chain which has to be upheld no matter what the technology situation looks like. Veterans are great at verifying that information has been received, and if it hasn’t, then they quickly resolve the issue. No waiting around for emails here!
These are just a few of the many skills that veterans’ time in the military has crafted that will benefit them in the workplace. No matter what candidate you’re reviewing, or what function you are hiring for, make sure you keep a clear eye on the skills and experiences that are unique to the candidate – and how they can help propel your organization forward.