This Veterans Day, we’d like to remind employers to consider what veterans might have to offer in the workforce.
The plight of job-seeking veterans has improved immensely over the years. Part of this is through government programs, part is through increased awareness of employers, and part can be credited to the good economy.
In recent years, the federal government has implemented programs offering tax credits for employers that hire veterans, tax credits for veterans and career counseling and other job training for many troops leaving the military. Troops also can begin applying for civilian jobs in the federal government before leaving the military.
Unemployment is at record lows, which make it even easier for veterans and everyone else to be gainfully employed in the labor market.
But not everything is in their favor. Some public perception of veterans as high-maintenance or possibly risky employees still exists.
Increased awareness of PTSD might add to that belief. But it’s an unjustified generalization. Most veterans are capable, intelligent leaders. Hiring them, we believe, is a smart business move.
Here are just a few reasons why:
• Veterans have extensive experience working in teams and, sometimes, leading teams.
• Veterans can handle fast-paced, stressful and demanding workplaces. Chances are, that vet you’re looking to hire has been in far more pressure-packed situations than you can throw at him or her.
• Veterans are resilient; they’re committed to completing their work, even in less-than-stellar work environments.
• Veterans are used to cultural diversity, and they’re team players with everyone.
• Veterans are smart, healthy and legally unencumbered. A Military Times news story reported that only the top quarter of American youth have those qualifications — and military training makes them even better potential employees.
About a quarter million veterans transition to civilian life each year. This Veterans Day, let us honor them by increasing efforts to help them make a seamless switch to civilian careers.