As our nation celebrated Veterans Day last week, I took some time to reflect on the traits that veterans embody and the skills they possess that make them tremendous assets to any team of which they are a part. I am a veteran of the US Army in addition to the COO of 360 Payments, and there are many others like me who are making impacts on companies all across the country. However, veterans often struggle to find employment after leaving the armed services. Here are just a few of the reasons I believe taking a chance on a veteran isn’t really taking a chance at all.
They Know the Meaning of Hard Work
There’s no way around it: serving in the armed forces is tough. It’s extremely difficult both mentally and physically to train in adverse conditions and deploy in even harsher ones, and veterans know there is no substitute for hard work. They are not accustomed to taking the easy way out or looking for shortcuts, and they take responsibility for their actions. Companies can be assured that a veteran will not need to be micromanaged or coddled. He or she will complete tasks accurately and meet deadlines consistently – invaluable traits in today’s fast-paced business world.
They Know How to Work as a Team
How many times have you gathered your top employees together to work on a project, only to find they can’t work as a team? This isn’t an issue for veterans, who know how to collaborate and work together to get things done. They communicate well because in the armed forces, being able to understand and be understood can be the difference between a successful mission and a total disaster. You can count on veterans to push past personal discomfort and differing management styles to find the ways that will let the team work together to succeed.
They Don’t Settle for Low Quality Work
Veterans are accustomed to very high standards and complete their projects with great attention to detail. You won’t need to micromanage a veteran – their integrity and determination come from within. Veterans will continue to put forth the effort needed to solve a problem, even if it takes longer than expected. Many veterans are also accustomed to finding a way to solve problems on their own, so you won’t need to spend valuable time explaining and re-explaining a task. Veterans just get things done.
How to Hire a Veteran
There are a number of organizations that help veterans and employers find each other. Start with groups like Hire Our Heroes, Hire Heroes USA, and RecruitMilitary to find the perfect candidate for your business. You may also consider collaborating with Bunker Labs or other entrepreneurial organizations that help veterans start their own businesses to develop more connections in the space. If I can be of any assistance with this process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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