Veteran's Day is known for honoring those who served in the military and fought for our freedom. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said Americans need to not only honor veterans - but, hire them. "There is a stigma attached to many of them about either PTS (post-traumatic stress) or brain trauma or things of that nature when in fact I can personally demonstrate through the hiring of people at Starbucks who served that they have done extraordinary things," he told USA TODAY.
While there are 3.4 million current job openings, there are nearly 900,000 unemployed veterans in the United States, according to the Labor Department. The number one reason for open jobs is that employers are finding that workers don't have the skills or training they need to be successful. The VOW Hire Heroes Act of 2011 offers tax credits to employers as incentive to recruit military vets.
Veteran's Day is a reminder that there are plenty of other reasons to hire veterans. Here are 5 of them:
Vets are trained by the military to lead by example through motivation and inspiration. They know how to manage behaviors as well as understand the dynamics of leadership in both a high-ranked and peer structure. They provide direction, know how to delegate tasks, and except constructive criticism.
2. Respect for policies
After serving in the military, vets have a new found understanding for accountability. The know how policies and procedures work for an organization to succeed and exist. They grasp their position and takeresponsibilty for all of their actions.
3. Faster learning curve
Servicemen are forced to learn at an accelerated rate. There is no flexibility when it comes to time. They have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. People don't typically enter the military knowing the ins and outs of combat. They learn transferable skills in just a short amount of time and will do the same at your company.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of those who served is "family." I can't count how many videos I've seen on YouTube that show a veteran talking about the sister/brotherhood or intense bonds they've formed with their batallion. Vets understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibilty to their colleagues. Group productivity is essential to company success and this group of people knows how to make it happen.
5. Perform under pressure
A struggle many employees deal with is how to cope with pressure at work. Say you absolutely need a project done by 5:00pm and there is no way around it. Most workers would either not being able to finish on time or deliver a result filled with mistakes and errors. Veterans understand tight schedules, limited resources, and short deadlines. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of stress. They know the importance of finishing a task and making sure it's done right.
So, in addition to tax credits, think about everything else that veterans can provide you and your company. Why wouldn't you want a team player who works well under pressure and is accountable for their actions? This group offers something that most candidates don't which is why they might be your next best hire.
Could your company benefit from someone with these traits? Check out our free guide for more reasons why you should hire our heroes.