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North Carolina has worked hard to establish itself as a leader in hiring military veterans. If fact, North Carolina has recently claimed the title of "most military-friendly state." While other States make similar claims, there is no doubt that the military is a critical part of the North Carolina landscape. In addition, North Carolina is home to dozens of military installations and some 800,000 military veterans.
Unfortunately, the unemployment rate for military veterans across the country who have served since September 2001 is still too high at more than 7 %, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That rate is well above the national unemployment rate of 5.5%. In North Carolina, more than 25,000 military veterans are unemployed. North Carolina employers would do well to tap into this talent resource when considering candidates.
Besides being the right thing to do, here are just a few reasons that you should consider hiring veterans.
- Leadership- Our military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation, and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances.
- Ability to Learn Quickly - Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real-world situations.
- Teamwork - Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one's colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity that require a dedication to the team.
- Respect for procedures - Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates' actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.
- Technology savvy - Because of their experiences in the service, many veterans are keenly aware of technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.
- Tax Credits – Hiring qualified veterans also has the potential to bring immediate financial benefits to your organization in the form of Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC). These credits can be as high as $9,600 per hire.
In order to get started with a military hiring initiative, you have several options.
- Contact the military installation transition office near you. They will walk you through their process, share résumés, and help point you in the right direction. They will be eager to assist you.
- Stay NC (www.staync.org) – A resource page to help military veterans and their families.
- We Hire Heroes (www.wehirehereos.com)- Job board for military veterans that allows you to post your jobs.
Should you need more help getting started with hiring veterans, please contact me at 919-878-9222.