In today’s post, I want to share my top 10 reasons to hire a veteran. It’s a proven fact that veterans are a valuable asset to the workplace. Whether you are a small business owner or HR Director, you should actively seek out veterans to help fill your ranks. Here are some reasons why.
# 10 Team Oriented
Most veterans are team oriented. They know what it’s like to be on a team and they are normally willing to put the needs of the team above their own needs. They can be a team leader or team member.
# 9 Responsibility
Most veterans have had more responsibility than their civilian counterparts. From an early age, the military gives its NCOs and Officers are large amount of responsibility. Most veterans enjoy this responsibility and want jobs with a large amount of responsibility.
# 8 Work Ethic
Most veterans are taught to have a strong work ethic. They have the “mission first” attitude and aren’t scared to work long hours when needed.
# 7 Leadership
Let’s face it, it’s hard to find leaders in today’s workforce. Most veterans have leadership experience. They know how to supervise people and get things done, even in a fast-paced and stressful environment.
# 6 Combat Experience
Combat experience can be very helpful in the work force. Combat is fast paced, stressful and very demanding, much more so than most civilian jobs. When you have people working for you who have served in combat, they should easily be able to handle the day-to-day stress of the job.
# 5 Discipline
Most veterans are very disciplined. They believe in the chain-of-command. They understand the importance of showing up on time. They know how to be polite and show respect to others.
# 4 Respect for Procedures
Most Soldiers are accustomed to following a set of rules and procedures. You should have little difficulty teaching or enforcing your procedures with your veteran employees.
# 3 Loyalty
Most veterans are loyal to their team. They understand that loyalty is a two-way street. This means there’s a good chance they will want to work with your company for the long-term, assuming you treat them well.
# 2 Public Relations
Call this selfish if you want, but hiring veterans helps improve your company’s reputation in the economy. It is a great marketing strategy and a great way to position your company in the market place.
# 1 Help Out a Patriot
This might sound weird to some of you, but I think it’s good to hire a patriot who at one time was willing to sacrifice their life to defend YOUR freedoms. Only a small percentage of Americans today have ever served in the military. Why not help out someone who has helped protect your freedom?
As you can see, these are my top 10 reasons to hire a veteran. If you own a small business or work in human resources, I encourage you to keep your eyes and ears open to veterans who apply for your job openings. Typically speaking, most veterans make great long-term employees who can add value to your company’s bottom line.
What are your thoughts? What other reasons can you provide for hiring veterans? Please leave all comments and questions below. Thanks.