On the occasion of a wonderful long weekend dedicated to family, food, and fun it’s imperative to remember what this holiday celebrates. Over the course of generations, Americans have sacrificed their youth, their bodies, and all too often their lives to protect our nation and its citizens. To pay homage to these incredible sacrifices is the very least each of us can offer, but it is even better to try to repay these brave patriots with something more tangible. For those of us involved in Recruiting and Staffing there are multiple avenues in which to make a difference.
There are obvious benefits to hiring veterans. Many come out of service having been involved in highly technical arenas, bringing with them exceptional skills and training. Veterans will typically excel in the areas of discipline, teamwork, reliability, commitment – areas that are integral to a successful military career and which directly impact any professional organization.
Unfortunately, some designations in the military do not translate as easily into the civilian sector. Military Transition offices do much to help ease veterans into civilian life, but all too often veterans are ill-prepared for the realities of employment in the commercial arena. They may need help translating their skills for their new environment, deciding on which training and education might have the greatest benefit, dealing with employers and recruiters, even writing an effective resume.
So while we’re enjoying a long weekend and paying respect to those who serve and have served, let’s find a way to do something tangible: post jobs on veteran-oriented sites, volunteer services to help educate transitioning military personnel on resume writing or job searching - anything that can help bolster their ability to find vital, rewarding work after the military. There are myriad groups doing exceptional work in these areas, but here are a few worth contacting:
There is no shortage of other organizations to work through in order to help. Any effort, no matter how small, can have a mighty impact. I hope we can all take a few minutes to leverage our skills, experience, and available opportunities to help those who have done so much to ensure out liberty.