How to Leverage Veterans’ Skills for Your New Business
Guest Post by Kelli Brewer
Every new business owner knows how tricky it can be to find the right candidate for a role. Start-ups require immense role juggling, with every employee wearing multiple hats simultaneously. It is also critical to have a self-starter hire, who can work competently and without constant supervision. This is where veterans come in. Not only do they have a wide range of skills perfect for a fledgling business, but they also have the drive to make your business goals a reality.
Benefits to Hiring Veterans
There are innumerable benefits to hiring vets for your new business. From problem-solving and decision-making to honesty and attention to detail, veteran hires are sure to have a varied skill set to apply to your workplace. The following are some standout skills most vet hires come with:
- Veterans work well independently: As a new business owner, it is natural for your business to pull you in numerous directions, making it difficult to delegate. Hiring those who take initiative can be critical to being able to carry out work efficiently. According to Lifeline for Vets, veterans are 45% likely to find business success, indicating that they are self-starters and independently minded.
- Veterans are goal-oriented: One of the biggest takeaways from military service is completing missions accurately and correctly. Collaboration, cooperation, and hard work are emphasized to make target goals a reality.
- Veterans are technically skilled: For example, did you know that veterans receive government-provided accreditation and degree opportunities? In addition, veterans are trained in technological knowledge, with practice in numerous industry-standard software and procedures. These skills will be a great addition to your talent pool.
How Can I Hire a Veteran For My Business?
Go about looking for the perfect vet hire just like you would any other employee: by searching job sites. Decide on the skills and experience you’re looking for, and reach out to candidates that will be the best fit for the role. When it comes to hiring vets, consider the skills they have and how they may be suited to your workplace — for example, a vet with experience in recruiting is ideally suited for an HR position. Remember to include ‘veterans encouraged to apply’ on your job title so that it is visible to veterans and helps your listing gain traction.
You can also look up veteran-specific resources, such as veterans’ job sites. Job banks and government recruitment websites are also great places to post your listing. Check out the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). These pair veterans with corporate leaders and run incentives and schemes that encourage businesses to hire veterans. For example, did you know you can get tax credits for hiring ex-military personnel? Just another reason to hire a vet today!
Once you’ve hired the right candidate for your post, you’ll need to go ahead with onboarding and settling them into your workplace. This process is typically the same for any hire: You settle them in, delineate their tasks, and help them navigate their entry into the workforce.
You’ll also need to integrate your new hires into your payroll. Look for a service to allow direct deposit with payroll and automatic payroll scheduling to pay your employees on time and, by extension, happy. Accurate reporting and tax filing are also necessary to keep your business above board and organized. After your payroll goes out each month, it’s just a matter of adjusting tasks if need be and evaluating your new hires’ performance.
Indeed, the best way to honor veterans is to hire one. You’ll be able to give back to the courageous men and women who served our country selflessly for years. And remember: Hiring a veteran has innumerable benefits for the small business owner. Utilize the standout skillsets veteran hires bring to the table today, and watch your business transform to new heights.
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