In this video, Spencer Milo highlights the top five qualities that Veterans bring to employers—entrepreneurial spirit, learning attitude, loyalty, high integrity, and strong work ethic. Leverage your ability to figure out challenges and learn quickly to give yourself an advantage in the workforce.
- I'd say the top five things that almost all veterans bring to the table when it comes to a new employer. You know, I'll go down the line, is entrepreneurial spirit. And I don't want to say that as, oh we all want to run our own business, but no, we're all self-starters. We're all go-getters. We're all able to do things on our own. I always use the term, hey you! Everyone who's been in the military has been hey you'd, where someone comes up to you and says, hey you, figure this out. And what do you do? You figure it out, whether you can do it all on your own, or you have to go do some research, or you talk to a buddy or a peer or whatever it may be, you figure it out.
Employers like the ability to give you a task and you will figure it out. They like that. It's a strong point. It's a strong suit, and it goes there with your work ethic. I think that's really important. Being a fast learner, a life-long learner, I think is huge. In the military, we are asked to master a number of tasks, and it's always changing. You may have a specific purpose for the majority of your career, but you're always having to multi-task. You're always having to figure new things out, and one of my big things is, I tell folks, is in a six month period, you are forced and asked to master something that most people will take four years to get a degree in, and then two years later, they may ask you to do it again, and they may give you four months this time.
So the fact that you can adapt, and that you can adjust on the fly, and learn anything that's put in front of you, I think that's another really important skill. Loyalty, I think is huge. You can't tell me that an employer doesn't want a loyal employee. The military is one of the strongest teams in the world, and not everybody joins the military, and you can't say that someone who's joined the military is not a loyal person. Cause you're basically sticking up for your entire country. That shows loyalty to me.
And that's something that anybody in their right mind would want in an employee. Integrity. It's a core value that's instilled in us from the get-go in the military. We're taught to be honest. We're taught to be straight forward, to tell it like it is, and that's important, you know. There's nothing more frustrating than when you ask somebody something, and all they do is beat around the bush and they never really give you an actual answer. You're not going to get that with a military person. Nine times out of 10, you ask a question, they're going to give you a direct answer, and they're going to tell you, and that is something that I think, it's just one of those qualities you can't really take away.
It's something that's great. It's something you want. And I think lastly, work ethic. In the military, you were taught to work hard from the get-go. If you hire someone from the military, you're never going to be concerned whether or not they're going to show up on time. You're never going to be concerned whether or not they're going to give you everything that they've got. You're never going to be concerned if they're going to be able to accomplish the mission because that is who we are at our core. Our core is what is going to make us some of the best employees that could ever be hired.
And it's just one of those. Know that those are your strengths, and don't be afraid to tell people that that's what you bring to the table.
Discover how to understand your strengths and value, where your skills fit into today's job market, and how to translate your experience into a solid resume. Learn how a mentor can help you navigate the transition and open up new opportunities. With Flo's advice, you can find a new purpose and continue the journey you started in the military—bringing your talents to bear on a whole new mission in life.
- Taking initiative
- Understanding your value
- Translating your experiences
- Building your resume
- Using a mentor
- Setting realistic expectations
- Building a network
- Transitioning into a new job
- Bonus videos featuring stories of transition from veterans