5 things Employers are Looking for that Veterans Bring to the Job

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Oct 9, 2014 4:15:00 PM

New_vet_hiring_initiativeAre a you a servicemember getting ready to make the transition into the civilian workforce?

Did you know that the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), most and countless others have all identified the gap in translating military skills to post-military service careers as either the number-one or number-two issue in effective military career transition?

But, if you stop and think about it, you have a lot to bring to the civilian workforce! As a military friendly college, it’s our job to not only help you earn an accredited online degree but also use it to land the job of your dreams.

Here are some key strengths that you can bring to your next organizational team:  

You Know How to Successfully Complete a Project
Working in the military has given you a unique skill that many civilians have to learn on the job or in school: How to complete a project. For instance, you have real-life experience in knowing:

  • How to understand your work environment and how to use your capabilities correctly.

  • How to plan. You know every task or mission does not always go smoothly. Someone may become sick. Your first plan may go awry. Many employees do not know how to plan for these unexpected events, but you do. You know how to plan with several options to be successful complete the project.

  • How to teach and improve the plan. You are a leader. As a leader, you know how to educate your co-workers and review plans to improve them.

To learn more about how these skills translate effectively into the workplace, check out this post

You Have Ideas
When most of your co-workers are trying to think of how to approach a task differently, you will already know. Consider how your 30 core Special Operations Forces (SOF) and military principles translate well into business use. Also, you thrive at the “we” approach!

I love what Jeff Boss says about the “we” mindset. “The we is contagious because people see how you think, which only broadens their awareness. Mindsets can be contagious. It can be toxic or liberating depending on who you are (values) and what you want to spread (character).”

You are Always on Time
It is hard to imagine, but your future co-workers won’t always be on time for work. The military has taught you that the late-but-minimize-how-late-I-actually-am approach never works. While your co-workers are thinking up excuses for why they were late for work, you’ll be already there and working productively.

You Have the Ability to Work under Pressure
Granted, you probably won’t face exactly the same type of work you faced in the military. Since you have military experience, you have the skill to handle the stress associated with working a “regular” job.

Think about the perspective you could bring from experiences that drive creativity, presence of mind and a calm spirit in the midst of “chaos.”

Networking
As this article points out, you are part of one of the largest networks in the world. From personal to professional connections, the brothers and sisters you served with will find their way into a myriad of different industries. You bring that network with you wherever you go!

The experience is all about what you make of it. Being a veteran is part of your identity but it’s not your only identifier. Use your skills to your advantage but also as an opportunity to defy the stereotypes you’ll inevitably encounter.

What about you? What have you learned through experience that you bring to the table? Share with us in the comment section below.

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