Wednesday, July 16, 2014

10 Reasons Your Company Should Be Hiring Military Veterans


At this point, you are probably aware that hiring a veteran comes with a host of benefits. But what exactly are they? Recently, BusinessInsider.com published an article on the benefits of hiring a veteran, as outlined by retired Marine sergeant and hiring manager Jon Davis, who provided ten reasons employers should hire military veterans.

Read on to discover the top ten benefits of hiring a veteran:

Veterans come from a previous culture built for mission accomplishment in mind.

“Few cultures have been engineered like the one military veterans have been a part of and even fewer…focuses entirely on mission achievement, cooperation, and personal development. The fact is that there is no culture in the world that shapes people in the way the military does,” Davis explains.

Veterans have ingrained leadership talents.

The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.

Veterans take their responsibilities seriously.

“Military people get responsibility because when they were very young there were serious consequences to the decisions they made,” Davis explains. Additionally, Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates' actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.

Intuition is a skill, and the military teaches it.

“What many people think is that leaders are born. Not in the military. The fact is that many people in the military are faced with making life and death decisions in the blink of an eye,” Davis notes.

The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.

Military personnel will openly tell you when something is wrong.

Because of their inquisitive and honest mentality, military personnel are not afraid to approach a higher authority with a problem or question, ensuring that every project that they are assigned to is up to the highest standards.

Veterans will get the job done.

“Military people know what it means to have something that needs to be done. They have a sense of urgency and have seen the world through a big picture type mentality,” explains Davis.

Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.

When given the necessary support, veterans are extremely capable.

Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real world situations. This background can enhance your organization's productivity.

Veterans are independent.

In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina and flexibility. They may have overcome personal disabilities through strengths and determination. (Courtesy of Dept of Labor, HireVetsFirst Initiative)

Military personnel know the meaning of hard work.

Veterans know what it means to do "an honest day's work.” Prospective employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness, which is reflected in the quality of their work.

The government pays for veteran education.

The government provides assistance to veterans who wish to pursue higher education. By hiring a veteran, you can rest in the knowledge that you have hired an employee who can constantly improve both themselves and your company through continuing education initiatives.

Additionally, military job seekers possess experience unmatched by their peers, have demonstrated their performance in stressful situations, and are graduates from the nation’s military academies, top colleges and universities, and technical schools.

With over 220,000 veterans transitioning from service each year, the military represents a continually renewing source of talent from which to hire, comprised of approximately 35% diversity candidates.

Orion candidates represent the highest quality of job seekers available. We screen and select our candidates from the top 10% of Junior Military Officers, Noncommissioned Officers, and Technicians leaving the Armed Services, and we have a constantly replenishing database of approximately 30,000 candidates ready to work within the next 90 days. Our Recruiters perform a multi-tiered screening process, verify our candidates’ backgrounds, and check their references, all prior to presenting them
to our clients.

Learn more about the benefits of hiring veterans, and Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet® today!

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