I am launching a new series based on my answer on Quora to “What are the advantages of hiring someone who has been in the US military?”
Over the next few weeks I will line out many of the advantages that military employment will add to your culture. I am going to speak as a Marine and a former hiring manager. I was once a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and have worked in the retail, real estate, the tech industry start-up and education sectors. I’ve hired more than enough people to know that it’s one of the hardest decisions you have to regularly make. I also know that almost all the decisions you make as a hiring manager happen as the sum result of the generalizations and stereotypes you have attached to the bullet points on their résumé. Don’t feel bad. It’s important to not follow that instinct that all individuals fundamentally good and fundamentally the same. That’s how you get robbed and your employees drive your company into the ground.
The facts are, you rely on those generalizations to give you the best guess of who is going to add to your company’s culture and who isn’t going to burn the place to the ground. So what happens when you see military experience show up in your inbox? The problem with many hiring managers is that they have no idea what it means when they see a veteran’s resume. What qualities should you expect? What flaws? What do they add? How are they different from someone else? I wrote this piece to help communicate what to expect. Hopefully after reading the posts you will be able to make an informed decision. You’ll be able to know better if this applicant is not only a good worker for you, but also someone who can grow and drive your company in the future, someone who can grow with you, and maybe even someone who can help you take your operations to the next level.
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