SSG David Thul, Yellow Ribbon Outreach Coordinator presented information to the HR Peer Group on Operation Career Success. This program, part of the “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” Program, provides veterans and employers information on the transition from a military career to a civilian career.
The Minnesota Workforce Center offered these additional resources:
10 Messages Vets Can Give Employers (Presented by SSG Thul)
I am a proven learner. As a veteran I have proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, I can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real-world situations. My background can enhance your organization’s productivity.
I have strong leadership skills. The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation, and inspiration. As a Veteran I understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. I also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.
Teamwork I understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one’s colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes relate to each other and an overarching objective.
Diversity and inclusion in action. I have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion, and economic status as well as mental, physical, and attitudinal capabilities. I have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals.
Efficient performance under pressure. I understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. I have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. I know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.
Respect for procedures As a Veteran I have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. I can grasp my role within an organizational framework, and be responsible for subordinates’ actions to higher supervisory levels. I know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.
Technology and globalization. Because of my experiences in the service, I am usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. I can bring this kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.
Integrity. I know what it means to do “an honest day’s work.” Your company can take advantage of my track record of integrity. My integrity means sincerity and trustworthiness.
Conscious of health and safety standards. Thanks to my extensive training, as a Veteran I am aware of health and safety protocols both for myself and for the welfare of others. I recognize the importance of a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, my awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property, and materials.
Triumph over adversity. In addition to dealing positively with the issues of personal maturity, I have triumphed over adversity. I have proven myself in mission-critical situations demanding endurance, stamina, and flexibility. [And if you have a personal disability] I have overcome personal disabilities through strength and determination.
Adapted from HireVetsFirst.gov