On Memorial Day and every day, vets bring top-notch training, skills, experience to your workforce.
On Memorial Day, we honor those who died in active military service; but you can honor our military all year long by hiring veterans. Currently, there are nearly one million unemployed vets across the U.S. They possess many skills that make them ideal job candidates, and they can be the answers to your workforce shortage woes. Consider these 10 reasons to focus on hiring veterans.
1. They are trained to be leaders from day one and to make quick, sound decisions, even in high-pressure situations.
2. They understand the value of a strong work ethic, and they are used to long hours, non-traditional schedules, tight deadlines, and multi-tasking.
3. Many vets have completed special training/education—often in highly technical or skilled areas. In short, you get employees with latest, best skills without paying for their training.
4. Relocation saves you money. When veterans move for a job, their expenses are covered by a government relocation assistance program. This can save you thousands of dollars and enable you to expand your search beyond your state or region.
5. You get tax credits. Companies hiring unemployed veterans may receive a Returning Heroes Tax Credit; and those that hire vets who have service-related disabilities may receive a Wounded Warriors Tax Credit. These can save your organization anywhere from $2,400 to $9,600 per hire.
6. Veterans are more adaptable. These individuals have a proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. They have been trained to hit the ground running and adjust rapidly to new and unexpected situations.
7. They are accustomed to diversity and inclusion. Most vets have worked closely with people of various ethnic backgrounds, religions, cultures, and economic status. They have the sensitivity to cooperate and work with many types of people.
8. Vets are team players. They are taught to value teamwork and work harmoniously with others.
9. They are taught respect for procedures. They are more likely to understand and value an organizational framework, and they know how policies and procedures enable an organization to function.
10. They value health and safety standards. Vets are familiar with health and safety protocols, and they understand the importance of a drug-free, wellness-oriented workplace. They are more likely to appreciate and practice physical fitness.
Resources such as Military.com’s Employer Resource Center can help you target and appeal to veterans who are seeking employment.