Transitioning back to civilian life after actively serving as a soldier can be tough, but becoming employed is arguably one goal that could help soldiers feel like they’re doing worthwhile things and contributing to society. Unfortunately, some employers balk at the idea of hiring veterans. That’s less likely to happen, though, if they’re educated about what to expect, plus understand the truth about common misconceptions.
Enough Companies Are Already Hiring Veterans
Some employers may be under the impression there’s currently enough being done to hire veterans. They often get that indication because when there are efforts made to employ veterans, those initiatives are highly publicized and praised. Take, for example, Fourth and Olive, a new restaurant in California co-owned by a disabled veteran, and a place where half of the people on staff are veterans.
While it’s true a lot of establishments are doing what they can, it’s crucial to not get complacent. Historically, veterans are much more likely to be unemployed than people who are not veterans, and it’s up to employers to change that statistic.
It’ll Be Too Hard to Find Veterans to Hire
There are a lot of things that need to fall into place for employers to find good people to hire, and many of them don’t want to take the extra step of seeking out veterans to see if some of them have characteristics that match the job description. However, it’s becoming easier than ever to find veterans to hire.
Numerous specialty organizations match employers with veterans, not to mention some branches of federal agencies have the same aim. Also, employers can also recruit veterans by reaching out to local universities and community colleges. Many soldiers make education a top priority as they transition back to civilian lifestyles.
Sometimes, employers think soldiers have skills that don’t translate into real-world environments, especially if most of their abilities are combat related. However, veterans are highly adaptable and usually learn new things very quickly.
Furthermore, many of the skills that helped them succeed in the military are traits that’ll help them do well at work. They follow directions well and usually exhibit strong leadership skills. Plus, most veterans understand the value of working as a team to accomplish common ideals.
Also, consider that job roles are not static. Some broad job titles have lots of subcategories that would be great fits for eager veterans. For an idea of how that reality plays out in the realm of social work, check out this infographic.
Indeed, there are people who specialize in military social work, but there are other roles within the field that are characteristically excellent for veterans, such as social workers who make workplaces more diverse and inclusive. A veteran likely understands how diversity helped make military missions have better outcomes.
Employers who do their part to welcome veterans back home by hiring them or at least considering to do so are playing important roles in the all-important transition process. Hopefully, the insight above clears up some uncertainty about veterans and emphasizes the value they bring to the job market.