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Hire a Veteran: Battlefield Experience Translates Well Into Boardroom Expertise
On July 25, employers and companies are reminded to consider servicemen and women for open positions as part of the “National Hire a Veteran Day.”
Beth Kubala is the senior director for Strategy and Performance at Syracuse University’s IVMF and served as a Military Judge in the U.S. Army. She says one of the best reasons to hire veterans is the calm demeanor they maintain under pressure.
“National ‘Hire a Veteran Day’ is a fantastic day to remind employers that they should consider hiring veterans every day. Hiring a veteran is not only a good gesture, it’s good for business. There are many reasons veterans make top-notch employees.
“In my opinion, the best reason to hire a veteran is that veterans are calm under pressure. Military servicemen and women have experienced tough challenges in an ever-changing environment, and are adept at leading and managing change in high-stress situations. Briefing corporate senior leadership on a new sales strategy with little notice is no big deal if you’ve had to brief commanders during combat on an unexpected change of mission. Battlefield experience translates well into boardroom expertise.”
Rosalinda Maury is the director of Applied Research at Syracuse University’s IVMF. She says veterans bring unique and valuable talents to the workplace, and cites several specific skill sets they offer.
“Veterans bring unique and valuable talent to the workplace. There are several abilities, attributes, and characteristics that veterans acquire as a result of their military service that can be a valuable resource for employers to the extent employers optimizes a proactive strategy to acquire, deploy, and develop veteran talent to its ‘first-best-use’ within the organization.”
*These abilities, attributes, and characteristics are:
- Veterans are entrepreneurial;
- Veterans assume high levels of trust;
- Veterans are adept at skills transfer across contexts and task;
- Veterans have and leverage advanced technical training;
- Veterans are comfortable and adept in a discontinuous environment;
- Veterans exhibit high levels of resiliency;
- Veterans exhibit advance team-building skills;
- Veterans exhibit strong organizational commitment;
- Veterans have and leverage cross-cultural experiences; and
- Veterans have experience and skills in diverse work settings.
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