By most estimates, the military produces hundreds of thousands of
civilian workers each year. Chances are that your business will consider
a veteran for employment.
Based on my experience with both
veterans and companies looking for quality employees, consider the
following before hiring a veteran. You'll find these are the same for
- Make sure you fully understand any military terminology during your resume review or interview process. Do some
research online or seek professional assistance to help translate
military specific language and terms.
- The Department of Labor (http://hirevetsfirst.dol.gov/10reasons.asp) recently listed 10 reasons to hire a Veteran - leadership, integrity,
triumph over adversity and teamwork are some reasons that made the list.
Use these same reasons for all your applicants and then decide, veteran
- Don't hire because you think it is the patriotic thing to do. Hire because the applicant is right for your business. In my
mind, considering a veteran's application or granting an interview
satisfies my patrotic obligation "check in the box". The veteran still
needs to compete with other applicants.
Traditionally veterans tend to be a safe new hire bet and deserve serious
consideration. The resources invested to train and retain a veteran are
notable. Strive to leverage the strenght of a veteran with the strenghts
of your business.
Happy Hiring !!