The Value Veteran Owned Business Brings to Staffing
By Chris Knott
As a nation, we are looking at an ever-increasing need for technology talent. Many have suggested a variety of ways to help solve this problem like creating more IT focused trade schools for students fresh out of high school, while others are creating training programs for recent college grads. Still, others have created reskilling programs to help update IT professionals with the training needed for today’s high demand skill sets. As a Veteran Owned Business, we at INT Technologies see an additional highly valuable resource within the veteran community and believe that the benefits for promoting this group more greatly will be tremendous for veterans and businesses alike. Veterans bring with them many highly sought-after personality traits that businesses seek, and this article dives further into the value they bring to technology staffing in particular.
The Value of Veterans
When was the last time you met a young person that had demonstrated leadership, was highly focused and mission oriented, seen a larger view of the world and was driven for success with incredibly strong problem-solving abilities? There are many great young people joining the workforce, but the military provides the training that created these attributes in those who have served our county. The US military is well recognized as one of the most finely tuned training organizations in 250 years of world history. Having that level of pre-training join your business organization is always a benefit. As a general rule, veterans, as individuals, tend to have great leadership skills, are mission-focused, are well disciplined and ethical, have strong work ethics, and have an understanding of the world beyond them. For the last 60 years, the military has been a volunteer force. This means that these citizens chose to give to something greater than themselves. They carry that trait with them throughout life. The traits listed above excel in many technical and functional positions including project management careers.
Veterans have received a great deal of prior training in positions of leadership and have had continued ongoing training. The vast majority of veterans come into the business world with excellent leadership skills due to their overall training in the military. Problem solving is yet another skill that veterans have been continually trained on and have had the opportunity to apply in real world scenarios. They are actively ready to apply this skill in the workplace. In civilian corporations, leadership skills, problem solving skills, and project management skills are all things that are needed out of all team members. These are traits that veterans bring to the table. If you came across a civilian organization that had the training success equal to the military’s 250-year track record, how many of their candidates are you hiring tomorrow?
Veterans as candidates
We partner with various organizations that work directly with veterans and make our presence known. We encourage those individuals that have IT skills to contact us. We also offer veterans resume building and job interview advice for those outside of our traditional skillsets. INT Technologies is increasingly known to the veteran community through events and other indirect forms of communication to retain them as candidates.
The ability to engage with veterans and engage with other client businesses to discuss the value of hiring veterans is very important. We are very fortunate to be a technology staffing company because part of our role is educating clients on the industry and industry trends. Because of this, we’ve been able to promote veterans into these corporations.
“Our owner, Chris Knott, is always looking at the technology talent shortage as an opportunity to advocate for the growing need for veterans in the industry,” said Richard Krause, INT Technologies, VP of Operations. “Companies need to be looking at how to leverage veterans’ experience and capabilities to benefit their organizations.”
Corporations need to recognize that hiring a veteran means that they are gaining access to pre-trained skillsets, mostly soft skills, that are able to be applied to technical positions and only require training in the specific areas of work. There are real benefits of hiring people that have gone through the training veterans have had. Some companies have difficulty translating military experience into the civilian workplace, but the value of this untapped workforce is not disputable. You may not get a literal translation of skills right away, but the skills these individuals have can be tapped into for your benefit.
The extra training that comes with hiring a veteran is worth your while due to the leadership, problem solving, driven for success skills they already possess from pre-training. In the business world, we need to elevate this from a conversation of patriotic duty and diversity to the pragmatic discussion of tapping into this workforce that brings specific skill sets that their peers don’t. Veterans are very motivated to fight for the success of your organization, because that is what they are trained to do. From day one, the military is trained to drive toward success, and that is something that carries over into the workplace.
INT Technologies is proud to actively promote veterans as candidates in the technology staffing industry. We strive to be a good example of what engaging with veterans and veteran owned business results in.
INT Technologies is the nation’s largest certified Veteran-Owned Staffing and Consulting Company. We have 20 years proven track record assisting our varied clients with their projects and staffing needs within the financial, insurance, healthcare, government, aerospace, and technology industries. Serving clients nationwide, our leadership team -comprised of Chris Knott, Rhonda Rutledge, James Maloney, Tamara Ellestad, and Richard Krause -focuses on integrity and service and the relationships they help build. Proof of our commitment to “our client is our highest priority” can be seen in the fact that each of INT’s founding clients remain INT clients 20 years later. www.inttechnologies.com