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Veterans in the Workplace: Work Style & Characteristics

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

In this lesson, we go over the numerous characteristics that veterans are known for in the civilian workplace. We'll also go over how they compare to other potential hires.

Military Traits

There are a lot of negative stereotypes about veterans in the civilian workplace. One common one is that all of them suffer from PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

This and other stereotypes are not true for all veterans. In fact, hiring a veteran can bring about many benefits as the military trains its personnel in ways that can help any organization.

In this lesson, we look at these common and positive attributes with which veterans may enter a civilian workforce.

Characteristics

Soft Skills

All hiring managers know that finding a hardworking and loyal team member can be very difficult. It's a time-consuming process and the last thing you want is to end up with someone who would care less about their job or someone who will jump ship to another opportunity with the first chance they get.

With veterans, you get individuals who are used to hard work and employees who are loyal. They are also all about mission focus, in other words getting the job done and doing it right. A veteran's sense of duty also compels them to be self-accountable for their work and take pride in what they do.

Moreover, veterans are also big team players as the military is a collaborative working environment. However, if you also need someone who is a proven leader then a veteran is also worth considering as many veterans have had extensive leadership roles.

Be they hired to be as part of a team or in a leadership position, one other characteristic veterans are known for is their ability to stay calm under pressure. So, if you're hiring someone in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment then a veteran would be a great choice in this respect.

Technical Skills

Veterans also have a lot of technical skills they've developed in the military. Some of them are highly skilled with computer programs and others have medical or engineering skill-sets. Many will also have worked with cutting-edge technology not available to most firms.

Moreover, it's common for a veteran to possess cross-functional technical skills that allow them to solve a company's problems in novel and creative ways.

Comparison

So how does hiring a veteran compare to hiring someone who isn't? Well, there are studies that actually back up the characteristics we just went over.

You might think that it's just a myth that veterans are more loyal but it's actually true. For instance, recent college graduates are unlikely to last more than a year at a job whereas a veteran entering the civilian workforce for the first time is far more likely to. According to the 2016 survey conducted by a human resources company called Express Employment Professionals, roughly 70% of college graduates leave their first job within a year whereas only 44% of veterans do so, per the 2016 survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) Foundation.

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