Celebrate Veterans Day – Hire a Vet

small  397696491 150x150 Celebrate Veterans Day   Hire a VetEarlier this year our BBB advertised for a dispute resolution counselor, someone who would be responsible for working with consumers and businesses to help in resolving marketplace disputes.

When Damian started at our BBB, word quickly spread in the office that the newbie had been a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. We weren’t quite sure what to expect. I, for example, expected someone with a crew cut and a personality to match.

Although military service wasn’t listed as a job requirement, we soon saw first-hand what a bonus it can be. Turns out veterans are just like the rest of us – each has his or her own backstory, it just happens to include job experience in often-dangerous places and/or situations.

In fact, our experience at BBB echoes VetJobs’ list of reasons to hire a vet. Let’s take a closer look at some of these attributes:

Leadership: Many military vets were put into leadership positions early in their military careers. Leadership is an invaluable skill, attribute, trait, whatever you wish to call it, for any employee.

Team Player: Successful businesses are built by team players. Members of the military are experienced at working as part of a team and know how their individual efforts contribute to the greater good.

Good Work Ethic: One of the first things members of the military learn is that their lives depend on the actions of others. They’re accustomed to long hours and difficult assignments.

Trained and Educated: Members of today’s military are already trained in technology, leadership, sales, management and operations.

Immediate Contributor: Veterans are not afraid of challenges, including transitioning into new jobs. From day one they are quick on their feet ready to fill leadership roles and perform to their utmost abilities.

What better way to celebrate Veterans Day than by hiring a vet?

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About Luanne Kadlub

Luanne Kadlub, communications editor for BBB Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming, has been a writer/editor for newspapers, magazines and nonprofits for more than 30 years.