Ray Jefferson on the Value of Hiring Veterans

Right now in our current environment, there is tremendous goodwill towards transitioning military Service Members and there’s also a heightened appreciation of the value that they bring to the workforce.

In March, Fortune magazine featured a Veteran on the cover with the title of “The New Face of Business Leadership in America.”  So, Veterans coming back from active duty and transitioning into the civilian workforce are in a very good contextual situation.  What we want to assist them with is making the cultural transition with the emphasis on accelerating the transition into a new culture.  This helps to decrease the time it takes to be a fully functioning member of that organization or that team, and, to ensure that our Veterans stay in these organizations as long-term, satisfied employees.

This all equates to a tremendous opportunity for employers.  The Service Members of today and Veterans essentially have every skill set that you find or need in the civilian world – every type of background.  In addition, they also possess the intangible qualities that really distinguish themselves from being a contributor in an organization to someone who’s an outstanding contributor.

In 2008, The SHRM conducted a survey of members focusing on the reasons why CEO’s desire to hire Veterans.  The key takeaways from the survey were that Veterans have:

  1. Strong character and a value base that allow them to see a project through to completion
  2. They can work in teams, and, they can also lead within their profession
  3. Have a tremendous work ethic
  4. They can work within a structure, yet, they can also innovate and create change within it