What are you doing to help our returning heroes transition to civilian jobs is a question that I often ask companies who say they want to be “veteran friendly”. There are many companies that are truly veteran friendly and reaching out to our veterans. How can a company help our veterans?
As a nation, we owe these returning heroes our gratitude, and one of the best ways we can show our appreciation for their sacrifices is by helping them finding meaningful and rewarding post-military employment. These are incredibly talented and resourceful young men and women, comfortable with hard work and assuming leadership roles.
Employers understand the skill sets and experience that veterans bring to their firm. The issue for them is to adapt those skills into a civilian company asset and an ongoing value added benefit to the firm. They must understand that veterans need help adjusting to the civilian environment and company culture. They bring skills and mental strength developed over years of dedication, training and service.
The veteran, on the other hand must learn how to adapt their skills, experience and military mindset to a civilian position. Their role in the new company comes with a company culture that is different than the military. They must understand that they need to apply their skills to programs that will identify their strengths in various skill sets and focus on them as well as developing their networking and communication skills to identify the best position for their skill sets.