By Jerold A. Ramos Sr., CABR, CRM
Finding employment has been a challenge for veterans transitioning out of military service and into a civilian role since the beginning days of war. Today is no different as unemployment rates have reached as high as 15 percent for post-9/11 war veterans. And those who are discharged from the military are facing a stale job market.
Human resources and recruiting professionals also face a challenge – the need for a fresh, high-quality, leadership-focused source of candidates. The solution is an experienced group of heroic individuals.
Veterans and reservists bring highly desirable traits to the corporate workplace. Leadership, dedication, responsiveness and work ethic are the rule, not the exception, with military personnel. These individuals can also quickly adapt to changing situations, and are therefore able to learn a new culture or new tasks quickly. And what they don’t know, they are eager to learn – making them receptive and ready hires in work environments that value ongoing learning and training. Veterans represent diversity and collaborative teamwork in action, having served with people from diverse economic, ethnic and geographic backgrounds as well as race, religion and gender. Even under dire stress, veterans complete assignments in a timely manner as they have labored under restrictive schedules and resources on the battlefields and at military installations where they’ve served.
Despite all of these marketable traits, the unemployment rate is still rising. What can employers do to ensure they have access to high caliber talent with military experience? And, how can veterans identify viable opportunities for employment? Many employers and veterans are not aware of the variety of non-profit organizations that strive match veterans with companies seeking to fill positions.
I invite employers nationwide to partner with these military assistance groups to ensure that their company is maximizing its ability to recruit from this extremely qualified talent pool, and supporting those who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom. Veterans can also take advantage of the services these organizations offer. Military assistance groups are dedicated to putting our nation’s military personnel to work, and can help employers and veterans alike.
AlliedBarton Security Services partners with the following military assistance groups:
- Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces
- Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
- Wounded Warrior Project
When employers engage in building a relationship with these resources, the result is a highly talented candidate pool. The men and women who have dedicated themselves to serving our country make an incredible contribution in the workplace. More Americans at work is good for our country. More military personnel at work is good for our veterans, and for businesses in all industries.
We will take a closer look at hiring America’s heroes during the HRO Today Forum—April 30 through May 1 in Washington, D.C. Join me; Erin Thede, Director, Employer Partnership Office, Office of the Chief Army Reserve; and Brian Nichols, Manager of Warriors to Work, Capital Region for Wounded Warrior Project, as we present Help our Heroes, Hire a Vet! Have a question or idea for the program? Post it below.
Based in Liberty, MO, Jerold A. Ramos Sr., CABR, CRM, is the Manager of Talent Acquisition for AlliedBarton Security Services, alliedbarton.com, the industry’s premier provider of highly trained security personnel to many industries including commercial real estate, higher education, healthcare, residential communities, chemical/petrochemical, government, manufacturing and distribution, financial institutions and shopping centers. For more information on AlliedBarton’s commitment to hiring military veterans, visit: www.alliedbarton.com/MilitaryFriendly
The author can be reached at Jerold.Ramos@alliedbarton.com.