Are veterans’ skills under-employed in the workplace?

I recommend this discussion on PBS News, broadcast on Veteran’s Day.  Too few employers consider the skills returning veterans can offer.  The interview between the Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz, and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, of the Washington Post, who collaborated to publish the book,  “For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice.” is worth a few minutes of your time.  Recruiters are encouraged to hire veterans but there is little understanding about what veterans can offer employers.   I would like to remind you who are in the position of sifting through resumes of those who have served what veterans can offer in terms of transferrable skills and attributes:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Dealing with ambiguity
  • Teamwork
  • Loyalty
  • Commitment
  • Execution
  • Logistics
  • Communications

There are others.  I hope you share your success stories about hiring veterans in the workplace!