The United States workforce is undergoing a drastic shift, as more companies are discovering the real value of hiring veterans. Since less than 1 percent of the U.S. population has served in the military, few companies have historically sought veteran hires. But the reality is, nearly 50,000 veterans are expected to transition out of the military in the next five years, and they need a new place from which to serve.
Today, many large corporations are working to achieve lofty veteran hiring goals. Tech employers, specifically, are responding to First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces, a national initiative to expand employment and career development for veterans and military spouses launched five years ago.
Since the program launch, over 1.2 million veterans and military spouses have been hired. Additionally, 40 companies — many of them in the tech space — have pledged to hire more than 110,000 veterans and military spouses.
Tech giants like Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and EMC pledged to hire 1,000 to 3,000 veterans or military spouses over the next five years. In addition, GoDaddy, SpaceX and Seagate Technology pledged to hire 200 to 500 veterans, and Amazon pledged to make 25,000 veteran and military spouse hires over the next five years.
Aside from respecting Michelle Obama’s initiative, there are definite reasons why so many industry leaders are seeking to hire the most talented veterans.
Many men and women serving in the military have already utilized and proven aptitdue in tech-related skills. They have also worked in the most challenging and stressful environments imaginable. Hiring managers are looking to hire tech leaders who can invent, think big, have a bias for action, and who want to deliver for customers. These principles run strong through the men and women who have served our country.
Veterans are strong leaders, quick thinkers, and good problem solvers. They are comfortable in uncomfortable situations and apply the discipline, motivation, and hard work learned in the military to their civilian careers.
From engineering and manufacturing to cybersecurity, IT services to construction, skilled trades to logistics, and communication to marketing, veterans possess a wide range of skills and experience that will benefit not only tech industries, but every industry in the nation.
Today’s military vets who are transitioning into the workplace have all of the traits that make for an excellent employee. They are dependable, loyal and disciplined, not to mention the transferable skills that make them great leaders, team players, and workers.
The initial hurdle hiring managers need to overcome is actually understanding veteran resumes and skills before they hire veterans. Once they can fully comprehend the value vets bring to the workplace, they’ll be eager to hire even more qualified veterans.
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