Hiring Minnesota Heroes FAQs

Hiring Minnesota Heroes FAQs

Why should you hire veterans?
How large is the talent pool?
How will this program help companies comply with federal law?
How does hiring veterans help provide for our nation’s defense?
What are the first steps for employers to start a veterans hiring program?

Why should you hire veterans?
Veterans will make a difference at your company. They bring skills that can give your company a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Employers sometimes think military experience is narrow or not easily transferred to a business setting. In fact, veterans have a remarkable range of competencies and abilities of great potential value to an organization; 81 percent of military positions have a direct correlation to civilian jobs. This program will work to change perceptions within the business community.

Employers have a number of reasons to hire veterans:

  • Leadership – The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration.
  • Accelerated learning curve – Veterans have an ability to learn new skills and concepts rapidly, proven in real-world situations. This background can enhance your organization’s productivity.
  • Respect for procedures – Veterans have a distinctive perspective on the value of accountability and can easily grasp their place within your organizational framework. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to function.
  • Work ethic – Companies want men and women who work hard and have a service-oriented attitude. Most veterans find this easy to do.
  • Performance under pressure – Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources and have developed capacities to know how to accomplish priorities on time in spite of high stress.

How large is the talent pool?
We are initially concentrating on veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Far too many veterans of recent conflicts are increasingly discouraged in their pursuit of a job. In many regions of Greater Minnesota, 15 percent to 25 percent of the veteran population between ages 18 and 34 go through an extended and frustrating search. These veterans are highly motivated and want to work.

More than 300,000 are leaving active military service each year through 2017. Their talents and leadership experiences bridge the entire spectrum of knowledge, skills and abilities. This is an enormous talent acquisition opportunity for companies in the next few years.

How will this program help companies comply with federal law?
Under a law enacted in March 2014, veterans must represent at least 7 percent of the new hires by any company that has a federal government contract exceeding $100,000. We have strategies that will help you comply.

How does hiring veterans help provide for our nation’s defense?
By helping veterans transition to civilian jobs, you are helping recruiters with their pitch that a successful military career will result in a successful post-military career. If new recruits see veterans discouraged in their search for civilian jobs, it will prove increasingly difficult to recruit the best and brightest into our military which is increasingly high tech. A safe and secure nation is important to all of our livelihoods.

What are the first steps for employers to start a veterans hiring program?

  • Commit to a goal of hiring at least one veteran in the near term.
  • Identify what jobs you have available.
  • Connect with those resources that can link you to veterans seeking work.
  • Create a network to support veterans at your company.
  • Celebrate the contributions of veterans during appropriate times of the year – Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veterans Day.