Hiring people from diverse backgrounds and experiences is a key component to building an effective team. One background employers would be remiss to exclude is those who have proudly served in our nation’s armed forces. Below, we’ll go over a few of the many benefits of hiring veterans as well as how to hire and retain these valuable personnel.
Veterans from all branches of the military boast skillsets that can be advantageous to a wide range of industries. One such benefit to businesses is a strong work ethic. After years of service, these dedicated men and women have developed the skills and mindset needed to get the job done in a professional manner.
Along the same lines is a shared aptitude for teamwork. The ability to work well with others in various situations is central in military training and can be incredibly constructive in any sort of team-based position or setting. Other benefits of military career experience that may be carried over to work include discipline, accountability, attention to detail and performing well under pressure. These qualities should be kept in mind when interviewing or considering a veteran for a position.
Speaking of interviews, it’s important to note vets don’t always present well during such exchanges. Often, these types of candidates are reluctant to boast or “sell themselves” as is expected during an interview. To account for this, it’s recommended to approach the line of questioning differently and ask additional follow-up questions if needed. Taking the time to look into the candidate’s background and check references could also help employers gain a better understanding of what a vet might bring to the table.
Once hired, checking in regularly is also recommended. With veterans, early engagement and mentoring could go a long way in helping them get settled and feel comfortable sooner. Employment research has also shown apprenticeship programs are useful in training and fostering engagement and retention among military veterans.
Additional tips for successful veteran onboarding and boosting performance include asking for and responding to feedback often, as well as supporting any ongoing education and training opportunities. Furthermore, accommodating any disability and showing appreciation for the employee’s service is advised to encourage inclusivity throughout the workplace.
By following these guidelines and others like them, employers can work to create an inclusive environment where veterans may flourish and become indispensable members of the team. For further information on how to hire America’s heroes and the benefits of doing so, please see the accompanying resource by Veteran Car Donations.
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