While I was participating in an event this weekend for a fallen Marine, our leader and a former veteran reminded us when this challenge starts to get tough, look up at the face of the fallen solider as a reminder to keep going.
These words stuck with me as I started my work week. Every day we are faced with challenges both professionally and personally, and through that we must remind ourselves to keep going. When looking for talent, that is the attitude I want on my team. The person that can motivate and keep going, even on those really tough days.
It's so easy to make assumptions based on a profile, a resume or a quick conversation, but this reminds us to jump in and ask the questions. You will likely find a broader skill set not represented by a job title or duty listed on a resume. Who knows, the right person for your team could be the former mechanic that had skills in leadership and problem-solving you weren’t expecting.
That's the stereotypical military person [who] is a very straight-talking, rigid, inflexible person and I really believe that that is a perception that employers should try to overcome. And what you will find when you engage veterans in conversations is that not only do they have a wide variety of skills and talents but…they're passionate about different causes…they come from different backgrounds