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:
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.