Why Does Hiring Veterans Make Good Business Sense in 2015?

As Memorial Day draws near, we honor the men and women who have given up their lives in service of the country. At the same time, our thoughts turn to those who have returned and are now trying to reintegrate into civilian life.

Military veterans have fought hard to protect our freedom and rights, but they often face more challenges when they return, like unemployment. To help counter this, many companies have taken the initiative to hire veterans as part of their workforce.

Some of the biggest names include:

  • Amazon.com
  • General Electric (GE)
  • Sprint
  • Walmart
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Verizon Communications
  • Waste Management
  • University of Phoenix

In addition to these corporate giants , there are a number of smaller companies all over America that have also joined the bandwagon, as well as government agencies like the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Justice (DOJ).

a1Why are They Hiring Veterans?

Companies are hiring veterans not just because they want to help them readjust to life after the military, but also because it makes really good business sense. Here are some reasons why hiring a veteran can add value from a business perspective:

  • Veterans Learn Faster – The cost of training new and existing employees can be tremendous, but veterans are experienced at picking up new technical or personal skills while on duty. They often exhibit an accelerated learning curve which cuts down training costs tremendously.
  • Loyalty and Teamwork – Military veterans understand the value of loyalty, have an ingrained respect for established procedures, and are less likely to jump between jobs. They also have a firm grasp of the team player mentality, knowing that working together as a unit can lead to greater success.
  • Commitment and Discipline – Veterans are motivated, dependable and disciplined, so you’re highly unlikely to find them slacking off or playing truant. Their commitment to success is integrated with tremendous self-control, which makes them perform tasks efficiently and remain dedicated to the end goal.
  • They Can Handle Pressure – Veterans have already faced high-pressure situations while serving in the military, so they can keep a clear head and focus on results even when things seem to be getting out of hand. They also exhibit an ability to look at problems from different angles and find the best solution.

Military veterans are among the most highly committed and focused people you could ever hire, since for them, “failure is not an option”!

a2What Benefits Do They Get By Hiring Veterans?

Other than the fact that their strong character and diverse skills make them ideal employees for practically any company, hiring veterans brings in other benefits too. Some of these are listed below:

  • With programs like the GI Bill, many veterans are enrolling for higher education in 2015 to improve their skills and add more value to their CVs, which makes them more valuable as employees too.
  • The Hire More Heroes Act aims to reduce the employee health insurance burden on small businesses in 2015 by exempting post-9/11 veterans who already receive health coverage through the defense department or the department of Veterans Affairs.
  • The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 has extended the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) for qualified veterans hired before January 1, 2015, which benefits small businesses and larger ones who have hired veteran employees.
  • Compliance to veteran staffing and DVBE partnership requirements in the State of California has led many companies to realize the benefits of working with veterans, changing the outlook from one of “we have to” to “we want to”.

a3Why Should You Go to an Agency to Hire Veterans?

When you’re looking to hire a veteran, an agency can help you find the very best people for your staffing requirements. Veteran staffing and hiring agencies are well-versed at handling the challenges of finding, training and placing the right people in the right jobs. They transition from military to civilian life, making them a better fit for employment.

6How to Find a Proper Agency

One of the best ways to find a good agency for your veteran hiring and staffing needs is to get in touch with veterans in your area and ask them for recommendations or search for agencies online. You could also reach out to other companies that have veteran employees and ask them if they can recommend an agency that operates in the area.

hicks logoWhy is HicksPro the Proper Agency for Your Veteran Hiring Needs?

HicksPro is a certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that offers staffing and consulting services for federal, state and commercial clients. Our dedicated Military Veteran Hiring Program has been hugely successful at helping military veterans find jobs they love.

  • We’re both disabled veteran AND family owned and operated
  • We find, place and manage the very best people
  • We understand the unique needs of veterans and help them find the best jobs
  • We offer a wide range of IT staffing and talent services for companies looking to hire
  • We offer both DVBE & SDVOSB Partnering for companies
  • We act quickly and make every hour count
  • We believe our longstanding record of success speaks for itself
  • We operate and communicate with honesty, integrity and clarity
  • We are genuinely interested in helping companies and people succeed
  • We evaluate every opportunity by the value we bring, not how we might benefit.
  • We have over 35 years of experience operating in the San Francisco Bay Area

As a disabled veteran owned and operated business, we take great pride in providing opportunities to immensely capable veterans who will grow and succeed in organizations by sharing their team building approach, intense training and problem-solving abilities.

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The Navy SEAL Foundation is committed to maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force into perpetuity. At the same time, this same commitment runs strong in helping those who have served this country with honor and distinction transition as they began a new chapter of their life.