The benefits of employing Armed Forces Veterans
The Logistics Industry offers many day-to-day challenges, demanding the ability to assess and respond to changing situations in a timely manner.
Working in the military requires similar levels of drive, flexibility and vision, coupled with the ability to make quick decisions.
As an Armed Forces Veteran, I’m sometimes frustrated at the lack of understanding some businesses have in what qualities veterans can bring to the table.
Beyond the relevant practical experience (for some), there are 7 key qualities which make ex-military personnel particularly suited to working in the logistics industry:
Ex-military personnel have extensive practical experience of leadership, often in the most testing of circumstances.
We appreciate the importance of having clear procedures in place, which enable organisations to function effectively, and will readily shoulder accountability to ensure these are adhered to.
The norm in the Armed Forces is to take on a new role every 2 to 3 years, thus we have the adaptability to pick up things fast. We are not afraid to hit the ground running!
Officers’ and Warrant Officers’ know how to run teams effectively and how to contribute as team members. In many cases, lives have depended upon our ability to do so.
Contrary to what some hiring managers may think, we excel at orchestrating collaboration rather than simply taking a directive approach.
Being told ‘what to do’ and not ‘how to do it’, as the military are, confers a valuable commercial mindset. Things go wrong, the unexpected happens – in business as well as in war.
The military are trained to anticipate this and to get the job done whatever the difficulties.
People management and the ability to manage professional relationships effectively are invaluable skills in any industry.
The ability to influence ‘tricky’ customers effectively is a key transferable trait, honed regularly by military deployments to conflict zones.
High standards of personal behaviour, appearance, timekeeping, integrity and moral courage are expected of all those who achieve significant rank in the Armed Forces, with annual ‘Values and Standards’ training throughout our military careers.
Armed Forces Veterans make excellent ‘investment hires’, particularly in providing the leadership potential which some businesses often struggle to find.
These well-developed skills of Armed Forces Veterans can be employed to great effect in the logistics sector and businesses should do more to recognise what value we have to offer.
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