Wednesday, April 6, 2016

5 Important Traits & Skills Veterans Bring to Civilian Jobs

Serving in the military is an experience like no other. Military personnel have learned skills and formed character traits that can be applied in just about any scenario. They’ve shown courage and moral character by choosing the life of protecting others. In the process, they’ve gained hands-on experience in developing the skills and tools needed for success both on and off the battlefield.

We recently surveyed a group of post-transition Veterans on the traits that have served them well in the civilian workforce. According to nearly 2000 respondents, these are the top traits they have successfully carried over from the military into the civilian workforce:

  1. Leadership
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One of the most important qualities that military service instills in men and women is leadership skills. Veterans learn quickly to trust and obey the commands of their superiors, while exercising great leadership responsibility themselves. Military officers who are just a few months beyond college graduation are usually given an initial assignment with leadership responsibility of  20+. Enlisted military personnel normally entering at a very young age are put in charge of squads or teams after just a few years of service. Rarely do you see responsibility and leadership of this caliber in the civilian workforce at such a young age. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results at a young stage in their career, even in the most trying circumstances.

  1. Teamwork
teamwork.jpgVeterans are natural team players. In the military, you learn how to collaborate with other people in your unit to solve difficult problems. Veterans’ experience teaches them how to bond and connect with other people to more effectively lead and work with their peers. They know how to build trust and respect necessary to tackle even the most difficult of problems.

  1. Self-discipline
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Veterans have put aside their personal wants and needs to protect our country. Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, and are accustomed to being accountable for subordinates' actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.

  1. Strong Work Ethic
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Servicemen and women work hard because they know they will either succeed together or fail together. If they can succeed in the military, where the dangers and stress levels can be high, they can also succeed in the civilian world. 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 clearance. The integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness.

  1. Performance Under Pressure
performance-under-pressure-77483653.jpgIn addition to working hard, Veterans have learned how to perform under pressure. Veterans are familiar working with tight schedules and limited resources. Whether they were facing enemy fire or a difficult task assigned by their commanding officer, Veterans developed the composure and confidence to get the job done. Employers need people who can quickly adapt and respond to different scenarios. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.

To learn more about our Military Candidates visit us online or contact Orion International today to speak with one of our Client Service Team Members.  

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