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Help Wanted: Hire Vets

Employers need employees who show up on time, work effectively and efficiently and get along with others – all qualities of military veterans.
Help Wanted: Hire Vets

Help Wanted: Hire Vets

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Show 1717: Help Wanted: Hire Vets
Air Date: April 23, 2017



Austin Moore: So far, we’ve talked today about hiring from the soldiers perspective, and they can gain a great deal, but they also have a great deal to offer. Soldiers train daily in areas far broader than most of us realize. But rather than have me explain why you should hire soldiers, we thought they could tell you better themselves.

In the military, when soldiers get to do something new or they get the chance to show what they learned or use what they’ve been trained to do, that’s a really great feeling, because soldiers want to go. Soldiers want to go, and they want to do their job, and they want to do it expertly, and they want to get it done, and they want to move on, and they want to do the next thing because that’s, that’s how we soldier.

Well, it’s an amazing thing. I talked with a couple of them one time, and they said they were looking for three things. Somebody that can show up on time that can accomplish the mission inside of a timeframe and get along with others. And I told them, I said, “That’s it. I can do that falling out of bed.” Because our soldiers are that. They are disciplined; they are accountable; they have attention to detail. And this is my junior level, from specialist and below. Those soldiers come in here, and they are just ready to get after it. They are meticulous. And like I said, you know, I can count on them. I give them a mission; I know it will be done.

We’re in a day and time now people are just not showing up for work. So for you to have someone that sort of, you can, you know, draw the reins and rein people back in and set the standard in the office, it makes for a better workplace.

I know that I get frustrated when I’m not challenged. And that’s a problem that I have come across with just about every job that I’ve had is, I’m like, I can be more. I can do more. I know how to do this. Let me do this. And it kind of feels like a bridled horse because you’ve got to slow down, because soldiers know, we know how to do things.

Teamwork, one team, one fight. One team, one fight. So team building, I mean that is the very core, the fabric of the Army, of any military force.

You have to make the team work. You learn how to lead. And leadership is a foundation for our units. You just need to be able to adapt and overcome, fit into the surrounding elements, but not lose yourself at the same time.

We don’t just solve the problem. We also look at other policies and procedures that are out there that may be a better way to work or to identify something else that could aid individuals along the transition and not just there in particular. So they come with big dynamics of flexibility, problem-solving skills, but also the ability to reach out and use resources that’s going to aid back into other employers as well.

So every soldier who comes out of the Army has done a PowerPoint. Every soldier who comes out of the Army has done stuff on Microsoft Word and Excel, so they have hands-on experience on office environment work that they don’t even realize. So I get a lot of soldiers who come into my office, and they say, “Missy, I only know how to blow things up.” And I’m like, “No, no, no, no, no. You know how to do many other things.”

So you’re getting someone who understands different leadership styles. You’re getting someone that understands different personality types. In the Army, people come from everywhere. And we have to learn how to work with all different kinds of people, different nationalities, different races, different skin color, you know, hair color, eye color, whatever. And you have to learn to work in that realm.

Well, diversity is a huge benefit. And we do it every day. Through classes and knowledge and teaching, people get to understand what diversity really means.

Whatever you grew up with, whatever notions or beliefs, when you come into the military, you come in contact with so many different people, good and bad, that you get, whatever your bias was, it could be disproven.

People that don’t believe in diversity don’t understand it because they haven’t been taught it. And I think us in the military teaching people’s backgrounds and actually going through it and understanding that, that person beside me is a person. That’s all they are is a person. And all I ask them to do is to have my back. I’ve got their six, they’ve got my six.

So I was deployed to Katrina back in 2005. I was in charge of refueling operations for the French Quarter. I never thought that I would have to be on guard at the level I was on American soil.

I think it’s entertaining when your peers at a civilian work environment get stressed out over something small. I can look at and laugh and say, “Nobody got shot, nobody lost an eye, and they’re going to be back tomorrow. Let’s move on and figure out a way to get through this problem. It’s not that bad.”

So the college personnel that come out, kids straight out of school, they don’t understand that you have to have courses of actions one, two and three, because the day is not perfect. So those are the things that my soldiers come into and are ready to do. And we’re doing it without even knowing that we’re doing it. That’s the greatest thing, you know.

Soldiers are resilient. So regardless of what you throw at us, we understand, you can’t give us too much, because you’re going to get tired. So we just endure the process until you’re tired, and we just eat it up. It’s like a plate of food. I’m always hungry; you can only bring so much because your cooks can’t keep up.

You wake up, and you’re 15 minutes prior to any meeting. And then when you’re there, you’re executing and taking notes. And then after the notes, you go back, and you follow up with the answers to those notes that were, you know, charged with you to understand. And there are times that I met civilian corporations that just did not do those things. It baffles me, and they wonder why their companies are hurting. And it just sounds like they need some good soldiers.