By Amanda Koons, WTC Stratcom
Hiring Veterans makes sense. A recent study published recently by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) makes a compelling argument to employers that hiring Veterans is good for business, bottom line.
CNAS used in-depth interviews with 87 leaders of companies to determine the primary reasons business leaders listed for hiring Veterans: their leadership and teamwork skills. Veterans have typically led colleagues, accepted directions from others, and operated as part of a team. One employer said, “We look for people with leadership skills. If someone can lead a team of Soldiers around the world, they can lead our large stores.” All company leaders interviewed said they seek to hire the most qualified candidate but, as one participant said, “The tie goes to the Vet.”
Among the other reasons business leaders in the study listed for hiring Veterans are:
- Character: Veterans are perceived by employers as being trustworthy, dependable, and having a strong work ethic.
- Structure and discipline: Companies, especially those that emphasize health and safety, appreciate Veterans’ experience following established procedures.
- Expertise: Companies value Veterans’ skills, job-specific experiences, and understanding of the military community.
- Dynamic environment: Veterans are used to performing and making decisions in dynamic and rapidly changing circumstances.
- Resilience: Veterans are accustomed to working in difficult environments, traveling, and relocating.
Employers actively recruit Veterans through military career fairs, partnerships, employment websites, web portals, headhunters, and employee referrals. WTC offers additional recommendations for wounded, ill, or injured Soldiers as they focus on preparing for the next step in their careers, whether they’re returning to the force or transitioning to civilian life. Suggestions and resources for career planning for active duty Soldiers, Veterans, spouses, and employers are included on the Careers and Employment section of the WTC website.