If you’ve ever found yourself asking the question: “Why should I hire a military veteran?” an even better question is “Why wouldn’t you?” Consider the fact that the majority (71 percent) of veterans said they felt prepared when they entered the civilian workforce following active duty. TWEET THIS
To take it a step further, 59 percent of veterans said they knew which industry or field in the civilian world was relevant to the type of service they performed on active duty.
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What Employers Are Looking For
A sense of humor, similar interests, and drive: These are a few things we may look for when determining compatibility with a potential mate. Similarly, employers look for specific qualities when hiring military veterans that they know this population will bring to the workforce:
- Disciplined approach to work (63 percent).
- Ability to work as a team (60 percent).
- Respect and integrity (56 percent).
- Ability to perform under pressure (51 percent).
- Leadership skills (51 percent).
- Problem-solving skills (47 percent).
- Ability to adapt quickly (45 percent).
- Attitude of perseverance (41 percent).
- Communication skills (40 percent).
- Strong technical skills (31 percent).
Challenges of Hiring Veterans
Which military skills are transferable to civilian work? Answering that question appears to be the most common challenge employers (43 percent) face when hiring military veterans.
It isn’t always clear that applicants are veterans because some don’t market themselves as such, say 28 percent of employers. Meanwhile, 16 percent of employers admit to being concerned about National Guard members leaving for active duty.
There are also a handful of employers (11 percent) who say veterans are oftentimes overqualified for positions to which they’re applying.
Expressing Commitment to Hiring Veterans
The vast majority of companies (8 in 10) looking to hire veterans are proud of this fact and promote it to the outside world. Some (42 percent) do it through job listings, while others (40 percent) promote it on their corporate career sites. Thirty-five percent include it in recruitment materials and more than 1 in 4 promote their pro-veteran hiring position via social media.