Hiring? Pick a Vet.

It’s no secret that I have a special spot in my heart for veterans, their families and the soldiers that will one day join the vet family. But let’s take all of my bias out of it – let’s say my company is based in another state, with a different background and goals.

I’d still look to veterans when hiring, and here’s why: 

Quick facts

  • The unemployment rate for all veterans is consistently below the unemployment rate for non-vets. One year ago, in July 2015, the unemployment rate for veterans was 4.7 percent while the unemployment rate for non-veterans (18 years and older) was 5.4 percent.16257260295_3202d0d05d_b
  • In America, 80 percent of vets are over 45 years old. Only about 3.4 percent of unemployed vets are under 24-years-old.
  • In July 2015, the unemployment rate for veterans 24 and younger was 9.8 percent, compared to the 11.3 percent unemployment rate for non-veterans of the same age.
  • More than 1 in 3 employed veterans with service-connected disabilities worked in the public sector in August 2015, compared with about 1 in 5 veterans with no disability.
  • The percentage of unemployed veterans with disabilities doesn’t differ much from the unemployment rate of non-injured vets.

Making their way back into civilian life can be a challenge, but there’s one thing veterans are known to excel at: working hard and having the determination to get a job done.

Why vets can be the best employees:

  1. Results-Oriented Veterans come from a mission and objectives-type work environment. They have been trained to understand goals, set objectives and find different paths to achieve them. Basically, they know how to get things done.soldierlife2
  2. Leadership Veterans come from a team-oriented environment built on several layers of hierarchies.  A soldier not only knows his place, but strives to move up the ladder while remembering one important thing: When to take orders and when to give them.
  3. Team Mentality It doesn’t matter how much you shine if the group fails. A veteran knows this rule better than anyone.

Of course the list can go on and on, but instead I challenge you to think about vets the next time you’re looking to hire. Recognize the skills and the value they bring to a team without judging them for where they got those skills.

For more on hiring veterans, or if you’re a vet looking for work, check outVetJobs.com.

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