Why Hire Veterans?
The short answer is: It just makes good business sense.
One hiring professional we spoke with calls veterans “Leaders in a box,” remarking, “They fit just about everywhere. Most are college-educated, many served under strenuous circumstances, saw combat action, and can use resources well.” What could be better than that?
There are many reasons to hire a veteran, including
Transitioning and veteran military share a common set of characteristics that make them great civilian employees, including leadership, initiative, self-discipline, teamwork, and an excellent work ethic. Tapping this pool of skilled, disciplined, and hardworking segment is the logical step for any employer that wants to “work smart.” Veterans:
- Work efficiently within an organizational system;
- Have already been through rigorous training and completed it satisfactorily;
- Can deal with people and numbers under pressure;
- Are well-versed in small unit leadership at an early stage of their career, giving them more experience and maturity than their civilian counterparts of the same age.
- Some have experienced combat. How much more stressful can your business be?
In addition, a high proportion of veterans have the security clearances necessary for certain civilian jobs.
Active-duty military personnel are a diverse group, with 20% African-American, 9% Hispanic, and 15% women. In addition, if you are a federal contractor or subcontractor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) requires you to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain veterans that fall into certain groups.
Employers looking to hire veterans as their go-to source for filling positions will find that they are already well ahead of the game.
LOW COST PER HIRE
In today’s business climate, time is money. When it’s important to find top talent quickly, as well as attract and retain the right people, employers will save time and money if they set out to hire veterans at the get-go.
Why? Those intangible qualities mentioned above result in a shorter learning curve, even if a veteran is placed in a new role. Furthermore, working with a veteran recruiting firm such as RecruitMilitary can make the selection process go even faster, with access to a large pool of veteran talent -- the sourcing equivalent of “one-stop shopping.” These firms provide access to veterans in a variety of ways, including veteran job fairs; veteran resume database searches; email and newsletter targeting; and search by on-site recruiters filling specific job orders.
PUBLIC RELATIONS BENEFITS.
Many companies want to be perceived as military-friendly employers, whether or not they plan on implementing a solid veteran hiring program. One employer noted in a study on veteran hiring by the Center for a New American Security said, “We think it’s good to associate our brand with the military brand, which is our country’s most trusted institution. It’s good for our brand’s reputation.”
LAST, NOT FIRST.
We have left for last the reason that is most often cited in commentary on military-to-civilian recruitment: Hire veterans as a way of giving them a helping hand to repay them for their service and sacrifice. One HR director put it this way: “We are an American company, and hiring veterans is the right thing to do.”
A great sentiment, but the real reason you should hire veterans is simply because they make great employees.