Truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.
The biggest reason to hire veterans is because it is the right thing to do.
There is an array of resources available to help companies connect their civilian career openings with veterans. Truth be told, that is one of the biggest obstacles -- there are so many resources that employers can become overwhelmed when determining where to go, whom to talk to, and whether resources are trustworthy. Rather than conduct a search for possible connections, and then wonder if the agency is trustworthy, employers can educate their own hiring staff and leadership from the start to increase their numbers. The average time for companies to fail (not meet their hiring targets) in creating their own programs through solely philanthropic means without education is approximately 9 months. Don't be a part of the statistic.
Education services focus on the clients' most critical issues and opportunities within the veteran programs; whether your program is new or trying to improve what is already in place. You can only create a hiring program if you understand the talent that you are bringing in. In helping to break down the stereotypes and common misconceptions that the civilian workforce has about the branches of service, you can increase your veteran populace and show the community that you are making the valiant effort.
The following are the steps to create a veteran-friendly hiring environment:
- Educate your Senior Leadership on Veteran backgrounds/Hiring
- Dedicate a team of veteran recruiters through education
- Train your recruiting staff/sales staff
- Market your company to veterans
- Hire and retain your veterans
- Educate your employees to create an Employee Resource Group
What Every Company Needs to Be Educated On For Hiring
- Veteran skills translation: Our veterans bring an astonishing collection of skills to any position. Commendably understanding how these skills can translate to your job categories is a vital step towards effectively hiring veterans in your workplace.
- Veteran education: Who has a Bachelors, Masters, or PhD? What is the CCAF?
- Veteran roles: A veteran can be placed into ANY Role in your Organization. Positions do not need to be created FOR veterans
- How to understand a veteran's background: Every branch of the service is different, and every rank is commiserate with a grade in the military
- How to market to veterans: Where do veterans look for positions? Why would a veteran want to work for your company?
- How to properly onboard a veteran: What is the proper process to ensure a veteran is brought in to your organization in a proper fashion
- How to retain veterans: What can you do retain your veteran once you hire one?
- Military culture and values: Being in the military is a way of life. Today, less than 1 percent of our nation's population is currently serving. The full Veterans community today is about 8 percent of the US population, and when you include military families, that's a total of 20 percent of our population
- What each branch of the service is responsible for: Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps
- The different branches of service: Active, Reserve, National Guard—what makes a veteran?
- The different ranks and grades: What separates an enlisted from an officer? How do you recognize the rank and grade associated?
- How to recognize varying job titles and positions: What is an Airman, Commander or a Platoon Leader?
- How to educate recruiters on unfamiliar terms: Deployment, DD214, MOS, NCO, JMO
What Veterans Bring to the Table
- Attention to detail: Forgetting details can lead to more than financial burden, veterans are accustom to detail pertaining to saving lives
- Leadership traits: Second to none
- Performance/balance under pressure: When the going gets tough, veterans become tougher and no corporate role can match that
- Accustom to/welcome diversity: Veterans are groomed to work well with all walks of life -- stateside or overseas
- Integrity: Veterans are trained to do the right thing, even when not being watched
- Process oriented: When it comes to rules and regulations, a veteran is trained to execute with precision
- Proactive: You never have to ask a veteran twice
- Creative thinking: Veterans may be disciplined, but thinking outside the box under pressure is mission-critical
- Professionalism: Customs & courtesies tied with etiquette are skills that will not go unnoticed in a well-trained veteran
- OFCCP Audit: There are benchmarks for hiring veterans that your company must meet when dealing with the Federal Government, and more companies are involved than one may think. Failing to meet these standards can lead to monetary penalties, public scrutiny and possible program cessation in extreme scenarios.
- The Returning Heroes Tax Credit: Tax credit that will provide an incentive for businesses to hire unemployed veterans.
- Short-term unemployed: A new credit of 40 percent of the first $6,000 of wages (up to $2,400) for employers who hire veterans who have been unemployed at least 4 weeks.
- Long-term unemployed: A new credit of 40 percent of the first $14,000 of wages (up to $5,600) for employers who hire veterans who have been unemployed longer than 6 months.
- The Wounded Warrior Tax Credit: This tax credit will double the existing tax credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities.
- Maintain the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for veterans with service-connected disabilities (currently the maximum is $4,800).
- A new credit of 40 percent of the first $24,000 of wages (up to $9,600) for firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been unemployed longer than 6 months