There are plenty of graduates out of school and plenty of people in the market looking for work, so why do employers continuously find themselves unable to find the right candidates? A lot of the problem has to do with finding the right talent to hit the job running instead of requiring months and months of training to get up to speed. This is a key reason why businesses need to look harder at military veterans and not discount them as niche-trained, only suitable for military environments.
One of the biggest myths about veterans that seems to pervade employers to this day is the idea that veterans can’t adjust quickly to the civil workforce. However, military veterans thrive in both the public and private sector. They often do better than some of the best college-trained recruits available. Veterans come to the table with significant benefits for employers including the following:
Everything about military training is about achieving goals. Whether it’s an operational target, a destination, a performance metric or an improvement, every task equates to a goal and measurable achievement. This type of mindset works extremely well for employers who want staff that can be given a direction and immediately translate it into a measurable output. Not only does it give an employer output metrics, it givesa consistent performer as well.
Veterans who have functioned in the role of squad leaders, platoon leaders and battalion chiefs all share a valuable skillset- the ability to motivate people to get things done. Marines have an average age of 20 and most have been pushed under high stress environments, easily adapting to any kind of rigorous work environment a civil employer can provide. That’s a huge difference in performance versus many older recruits from college who are completely untested under pressure.
Responsibility and Accountability
Many employers who hire them note that veterans may be a bit less excitable and a bit more reserved than typical new hires, but they are responsible and accountable. There is no need for issues to escalate because tasks get done right the first time and know how to show respect to their superiors.
Ad Hoc Decision-Making
Veterans have no fear of making decisions on the fly to get the job done. That’s what they’ve been doing on a daily basis during their tour of duty or service. Furthermore, everything about their training in the military has been based on instilling responsible decision-making, even at the lowest level. Veterans have a penchant for following their intuition when it comes to problem-solving.
Military experience teaches veterans exactly how to respect leadership, while also reporting the facts without embellishment or being a yes-man. That produces is an employee who will point out clear risks and concerns, but will follow-through once a decision is made instead of continuing to protest the matter. It is exactly the right balance of being informative but also following direction, something uncommon in today’s workplace in a lot of areas.
Comfortable With Teams and Being Independent
Regardless of what is needed, veterans easily adapt and work well in both team environments as well as on their own. Their training has produced a person who can function well in both situations without protest and delivering consistent performance all the time.
The benefits that veterans are entitled to, like free education, give them the ability to continue their education after military service. That is something that employers can take advantage of with a bit of creativity. By developing a work schedule that allows a veteran to expand his or her skillset but retain a career, an employer can enjoy the results of additional training without having to pay the cost involved.
Unlike candidates who have never traveled, veterans are oftentimes placed in bases in other countries, so they have a well-practiced understanding of different cultures, people, practices, behavior, and norms than just what happens at home. That makes them far more able to work with different people and backgrounds on average, a key factor that makes veterans well-suited for roles requiring lots of travel and working in different locations regularly.
There will be lots of interested candidates for key positions in a company, but what they are looking for comes pre-packaged with the averaged veteran's experience and training. By simply allowing such candidates to elaborate a bit on their military background, one will find veteran candidates extremely capable and ready for job challenges than can take others a year or more of training to be ready. There should be equal opportunity for all and ICS is proud to staff all levels of diversity. If you're in need of the perfect candidate, check out our find talent now page to start finding the candidates that you may normally overlook or haven't been finding on your own.