Editor’s note: Veterans can make excellent employees. Their military experience gives them an appreciation for discipline, provides leadership experience, and teaches them skills that may not be readily apparent to civilians. In this article,August Nielsen offers guidance on understanding veterans and how their military experience translates to civilian work.
When the same peer group surrounds an individual for an extended period, movements, actions and language of that group become second nature. Often times, this is seen in members of the United States Armed Forces.
With this in mind, Human Resources professionals should understand that it is common to witness specific lingo or actions that have become second nature during their tenure in the military. And, as many members of the Armed Forces return home to a progressively competitive civilian job market, you will see more terms, MOS numbers (Military Occupational Specialty codes), and job descriptions that may catch you by surprise.
To ready yourself, read further and learn how to prepare a superior interview experience for both the veteran and yourself.