Hiring veterans for civilian jobs can be extremely beneficial for employers.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans made up around nine percent of the U.S. population ages 18 years or older — around 20.9 million people — in 2016. And that number is growing, with upwards of 3.5 million military veterans expected to enter the workforce by 2023.
Here are some benefits of hiring veterans you may not find on a resume:
Performance under pressure.
Working in the military gives veterans a clear understanding of tight schedules, limited resources, and the need to work well under pressure. Former military men and women know the importance of completing a task, even in the toughest of situations.
All veterans go through boot camp of some sort, so even the youngest military members complete more rigorous training than the average entry-level applicant. Many also receive in-depth training in fields like engineering, security, intelligence, or manufacturing.
Strong work ethic.
A career in the military is never an independent gig. Military members answer to superiors, follow direction, and know how to cooperate with others. Hiring veterans that understand how to work in a team could help bolster workplace collaboration.
As Gen. Stanley McChrystal, veteran and author of “Team of Teams,” told Harvard Business Review: “The things that make the military so good and able are very basic things, such as building levels of relationships and understanding capabilities. I find leadership in the commercial world is extraordinarily similar.”
Veterans are familiar with work that requires them to be diligent, and they know others depend on them. Hiring veterans ensures you’ll work with men and women who maintain a strong work ethic from start to finish.