The Benefits of Hiring Veterans

There are certain traits that stand out in job candidates: Leadership. Loyalty. A strong work ethic. The ability to improvise when situations get tough.

That description often fits United States military veterans. The training, skills and traits military personnel acquire in service can translate well in the civilian job market.

Consider these points:

Today’s military is both digital and global. Many veterans understand state-of-the-art technology and have proven their ability to learn new skills and concepts.

Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one’s colleagues. Many vets have worked extensively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and know how to use this diversity to help teams achieve objectives.

Some veterans have lived and worked internationally and can speak more than one language. Veterans may also be flexible and receptive to job relocation.

Military personnel are used to working in an organization with high standards. Veterans are often mature, responsible team players who are skilled at accomplishing tasks on time, under stress and in the face of adversity.

In 2011, President Obama signed the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act into law, which provides an expanded Work Opportunity Tax Credit to businesses that hire eligible unemployed veterans. The credit is also available to certain tax-exempt organizations.

For more information about the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, please visit irs.gov.