The Beat

Military Veterans Have a Lot to Offer to Employers

Communications, leadership, responsibility and intuition. Skills an employer looks for in a good employee. These are also some of the skills our military and veterans are known for.

Every day members of the U.S. military are returning to civilian life and are eager to enter the workforce and employers stand to have a tremendous opportunity by recognizing if their skills match what the company is looking for.

Well beyond the tax benefits, hiring a veteran can prove to be a real asset to your team.

“As a veteran I am aware of the focus brought to accomplishing the mission. Military do their work with a focus that many civilians never develop. Traits like loyalty, honesty, hard work and selflessness are ingrained.” said Emil Baker, director of military outreach for Employer Support of Guard and Reserve of New York State.

According to the New York State Department of Labor these are just 10 of the reasons to consider hiring a veteran.


Faster Learning Curve
Veterans learn new skills and concepts quickly. They also come in with transferable job skills.


Veterans lead by example. They know how to manage for results.

Veterans know how teamwork grows out of a responsibility to your peers. Their duties involve a blend of both individual and group work.

Diversity in Action
Veterans have learned to work with people of different backgrounds. They do not discriminate by race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion or economic status. They also may have worked with people of different mental and physical ability.

Efficient Performance under Pressure
Veterans work with tight schedules and limited resources. They know how to finish jobs on time, under stress. They know how to stay with a task until it is done right.

Respect for Procedures
Veterans have a unique view on accountability. They can grasp their place in an organization. They are responsible for both subordinates’ work and supervisory tasks.

Technology and Globalization
Veterans keep on top of international and technical trends in the business world.

Veterans know what it means to do “an honest day’s work.” They have a track record of integrity, including security clearances.

Conscious of Health and Safety Standards
Veterans know health and safety protocol. They maintain personal health and fitness. On a company level, this means protection of employees and property.

Triumph over Adversity
Veterans beat the odds. They have been in tough situations and may have overcome a disability.


When I was a young airman, I was told by a supervisor: ‘Don’t come to me with a problem, come to me with a solution.’ Even as a retired veteran, I still think of that quote every time a problem arises. Problem solving skills, work ethic, extensive training, teamwork and integrity are only a few of the many qualities that companies can benefit from by hiring veterans,” said Michael Hojnicki, an Air National Guard veteran and current small business owner.

If you are looking to hire a veteran, but aren’t sure where to start, the state has resources available. A Veteran’s Employment Representative can help. You can reach one in New York here.