Joining Forces Initiative

Nov 10, 2015

Joining Forces Initiative

Sprint, the Walt Disney Company, Comcast NBC Universal, Discover, and many more companies are seeing the unlimited benefits of considering and hiring veterans for their open positions. Thanks to the commitment and initiatives made by organizations and both federal and private sector employers, the unemployment rate of veterans decreased to 5.3 percent in 2014. This is the lowest percentage level since 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the fourth year in a row of seeing a decrease. Being a part of an organization that is committed to helping in the transition of veterans into the civilian workforce can be beneficial not only externally but also internally in your organization.

Many American veterans can find it difficult to find jobs when they transition back home. Although they may have been out of the "typical" workforce while serving our country, veterans hold relevant skills that can potentially make them valuable hires. Core competencies that can appear through hiring tests and pre-employment screening will shine a light on a few things that prove veterans can make excellent employees.

Veterans excel in following directions and delegating tasks, making them competent leaders wherever they are placed. They also understand the value of teamwork—seeing the importance of how the actions of individuals affect the overall success of the group. When it comes to stressful situations, veterans work well under pressure and have a perseverance attitude. Through pre-employment screening such as behavior tests and emotional intelligence, you will be able to determine the best fit for a veteran in your company.

What are the benefits to considering a veteran for your open positions?

  • Strong communication. Military personnel know how to communicate when something is wrong. Life in the military is heavy with a steady stream of inspections and extremely high standards. With their valuable knowledge, training, and skills, they know how to use tact when they communicate, which can go a long way and avoid damaging relationships.
  • Confidence. Veterans have handled many confidential and secure things, most likely. So firstly, a manager can have confidence that internal documents stay internal. Also, veterans have the confidence to handle tasks that may be very intricate and time demanding. Their strength of character will ensure the job gets done right—and with their stamp of approval.
  • Responsibility. Many employees look for rewards—such as jean Friday, free lunch, etc.—when they perform responsible acts. In the military, a great deal of responsibility is placed on those serving—no matter the age. And most of the time, if the decisions they made were contrary to what was expected of them, they endured serious consequences. Veterans know when to stay late, show up early, and stick by a project until it is done—because they see that's what needs to be done.

This Veterans Day, thank a veteran. Also, consider the many benefits veterans could have to offer your company as new employees. The ZERORISK Hiring System can help you identify these strong qualities in veterans, and civilians, to create the best opportunity for you to hire and retain rock star talent.

ZERORISK helps organizations build great cultures by identifying, developing, and retaining top talent. The ZERORISK Hiring System blends a revolutionary behavioral science with state-of-the-art technology to reduce unwanted turnover and improve employee performance. For more information contact us at (800) 827-5991.

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