November 9, 2015
One thing that you will hear time and time again from military veterans is that they do not consider themselves heroes nor do they want to be ‘given’ anything. Instead, for those who choose to leave the military at the end of their service, they want to be able to earn a living for themselves like everyone else. Sadly, for many veterans this proves to be a challenge and it’s estimated that more than 1 million American veterans are currently unemployed.
So today I wanted to focus on the best way you can give back to Veterans – and that is by offering them job opportunities as your business grows and expands. Why should you consider hiring a veteran for your open positions? Here’s a list of 5 reasons entrepreneurs should hire veterans:
- Veterans know how to work under pressure. Your business challenges are nothing compared to what they’ve dealt with in the past. Team members who can work well and work efficiently under pressure are a huge asset to small businesses.
- Veterans have a unique combination of skills that enable them to be leaders when needed but, similarly, ‘take orders’ and get the job done as well. For small businesses where all employees are constantly wearing many hats, you want people on your team who you can trust no matter what role they find themselves playing.
- Military veterans know what it means to work hard. With a military veteran you won’t get an attitude of entitlement – instead you’ll get a job done well.
- Veterans have a spirit of entrepreneurship. Whether this is something crafted in military service or that the military attracts this type of person, either way, military veterans are one of the largest demographic groups of entrepreneurs in the country. This spirit of independence and entrepreneurship is a quality that will serve your small business well.
Veterans have the ability to both see the big picture and simultaneously aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty with the details. Oftentimes, people are either visionaries or worker bees. A military veteran has been trained to always keep an eye on the big picture but that their hard work and sweat is needed to get the organization there. A team member like this is invaluable as they can help you with high-level strategy planning but aren’t afraid to actually do the work necessary.
For more information about how to find and hire military veterans, you may want to start with the Department of Labor’s website.