Despite their service to the country, and despite the skills they have learned in the military, many employers still view these professionals as "all you know how to do is shoot a gun".
While this perception is common, it is far removed from reality, and ascribing to it could potentially hurt your business in the long run.
Today's American military provides a wide variety of jobs, many of which are technical, and service members seeking employment in the private sector often already have real-world experience.
Vets Are Often Detail-Oriented
In the military, focusing on details is an essential part of any job, and in the article, "4 Reasons Why Home Inspecting is a Great Career Choice for Vets," the author discusses why this is a plus for hiring managers.
Being focused on details leads to greater success overall, and vets often succeed over other candidates as a result.
If you're faced with a hiring decision between someone in the private sector and someone who is a veteran, think twice about your interviewing and hiring decisions.
Most veterans will be able to provide skills that are unmatched by recent college grads, even when education requirements or expectations are included in job postings.
Top-Name Companies Actively Seek Vets
As a result of veteran's skills and experience, top-name companies, such as Amazon, Cintas, and General Electric seek out and sometimes even give priority to those who have served the United States. This should give your business a moment to pause and think about its recruiting strategies.
There is a reason these companies are on top, and part of this reason may be because they actively recruit talented individuals who have learned valuable skills in the military.
Once again, it's important to point out that military life is not all about shooting guns and dropping bombs from planes.
In many cases, someone in the military will be learning and applying specialized training to gather intelligence, maintain equipment that costs millions of dollars, or learn foreign languages that can take years to master.
Someone who has the dedication to not only serve the country, but also to learn such advanced skills, is certainly worth taking a look at when it comes to hiring needs and decisions.
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About the Author: Andrew Rusnak is an author who writes on topics that include human resources recruiting and military science.