At Hire a Hero we want more employers to realise just how valuable an ex-military work force can be and how it can greatly benefit your company overall.
Working in a military environment on whatever level and for however long there is no doubt that certain traits and skills need to be in place initially and during service these are developed and added to creating a person who, when no longer in the military, has a vast amount of transferable skills
In one way or another all UK Armed Forces swear loyalty to the country. For the Royal Navy and Royal Marines this means signing an attestation or engagement form on their entry into the forces to show their allegiance. For the rest of the Armed Forces they swear an oath;
“I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors and that I will, as in duty bound, honestly and faithfully defend Her Majesty”.
This oath sets high standards on values, professionalism, individual behaviour and self-discipline as well as them offering selfless commitment. The Armed Forces serve wherever and whenever they are needed despite the difficulties or dangers that might be involved.
The values of military personnel include discipline, integrity, loyalty, respect for others and total professionalism. Now who can deny these as being the transferable traits of a model employee?
Service leavers have a unique perspective on different values. They have the advantage that they understand the traditional values held in the civilian world but they also have worked outside the box. They understand the need to work to tight schedules and to work with only resources available to them often in a limited capacity. They have the ability to prioritise tasks and see them through to the end even under levels of stress which many of us in the civilian world never have and never will experience.
They have a proven record of integrity, sincerity and trustworthiness traits which for any prospective employer are highly desirable and can also ensure the protection of employees, property and materials. They also take on responsibilities that are thrown at them unwittingly and last minute, thriving under the pressure.
Military personnel have a great awareness of policy and procedures and why these are important for the running of any organisation as well as the implications not following these could have on the health and safety of themselves and those around them.
Learning new skills and concepts is nothing new to those who have served and people should not doubt their ability to fit into the work place and transfer their skills appropriately over a vast range of different sectors.
The military is the best source for a highly skilled, qualified and experienced workforce. A military background should hold a level of respect. Hire A Hero aims to open up employers eyes to the opportunities that they are missing out on and to give service leavers in their transitional period a smoother journey into meaningful civilian employment.