Employers

Military Success Trait – Culture

In Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Advantage, the author discusses how the customs and approach of a team, their culture, can be the competitive advantage in modern business. That is, marketing, strategy and execution are only as effective as the team that is doing the work. Dysfunctional teams lose their effectiveness in the noise of their… Read more »

Why is military to civilian skills matching so important?

Turnover is expensive. The estimated costs vary but it is a business disrupter that most companies want to reduce. The most damaging turnover occurs in the employee’s first year when a company is heavily investing in the employee’s training and onboarding but the employee’s business impact is not fully realized. So when I learned about… Read more »

Military Success Traits – Communication

One of the first skills I was taught in the Navy was to repeat back all orders. It’s another of the military success traits – communication. Repeat back the order to insure the proper instruction or guidance was received. It works. This is a military success trait that has served me well throughout my professional… Read more »

Military Success Traits – Discipline

In this post, I’d like to discuss one of the most well-known military success traits – discipline. A disciplined-mind is goal-focused, organized and able to “nug through” difficult tasks. A disciplined body is healthy, fit and ready to get to work. Developing a disciplined mind and body isn’t exclusive to the military, but the military… Read more »

5 Tips from World Class Teams for Recruiting Military

As the days of summer begin to wane, leaves will soon drop from the trees in the fall and the seasons will change. A sure sign of the new hiring season is the competitiveness around employment offers and the increase of employers seeking hiring assistance. The war for talent is heating up. If you are not… Read more »

Where do top performing military job seekers come from?

It was so exciting to attend my daughter’s first High School academic achievement function. As a current Freshman, she received her academic letter signifying honor roll achievement. I noticed as the Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors were acknowledged, the group shrank significantly – indicating how difficult it is to sustain this type of performance. My daughter… Read more »

Starting a Military Hiring Program – Is Hiring Veterans Competitive?

It’s great witness the “tipping point” regarding starting a military hiring program. When I began work at BMI in 2001, most companies I talked to had no plans to hire military. I’ll still run across a company not seeking military from time to time, but they’re now an outlier. After reading Krista Williams’ recent post… Read more »

How does military experience bridge the skills gap?

The skills gap is one of the most talked about trends in hiring. Talent acquisition professionals are scrambling to find the right candidate in a skills biased market. Are you losing to your business competitors because you can’t find the skills to grow your business? If you’ve considered veterans as a solution, you might ask… Read more »

Military Success Traits – Benevolence

Benevolence may not seem like one of the military success traits at first glance, but consider all of the humanitarian missions conducted by the U.S. military at home and abroad. Examples of military compassion abound online and in the news. Our service members are good people who care about the well-being of others. There are… Read more »

Military Success Traits – Action

When transitioning from the military, Mike Minogue landed his first job at General Electric by writing a letter to Jack Welch. That’s how a distinguished and decorated Airborne Ranger gets it done. Now, as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of Abiomed, getting it done includes growing revenue five times and creating over one hundred… Read more »