Small business employees are often asked to do more with less. Service members are pros at this, as they are used to working with whatever resources they have out in the field to come up with viable solutions.
Grace under pressure
Adjusting to changes, evaluating circumstances, and making quick decisions are par for the course in military life. For these reasons, you can expect to see ex-military members remain calm and goal-focused (and help others at your small business do the same) when unexpected projects arise or when dealing with challenging clients.
Employers often report that veterans are among their most honest, dependable and productive employees. The work ethic these individuals developed in the military can translate easily to other environments.
Colleagues at small businesses depend on each other too much and work in too limited of quarters to not get along. In the military, operating as a cohesive unit means survival. The ability of veterans both to lead and to follow directions can improve dynamics at your small business.
How to Recruit Veterans
Because they aren't used to searching for civilian jobs, military veterans might not be using the same channels as other job seekers. One way to target your search and get in front of job-seeking military veterans (and their spouses) is to post your jobs where they are most likely to find them.
Sites like RallyPoint, one of the largest military-focused online networks in the world, and Military Times, one of the nation's trusted, independent sources for news and information for military members, have career pages devoted specifically to veterans trying to make the transition to the civilian workforce.
If you have any military veterans on staff, enlist their help, and ask them (and offer incentives) for referrals. Employee referrals are one of the top sources of hire, and often lead to the most successful hires.