Why Should Your Business Consider Hiring Veterans?
It can be challenging for veterans to transition back to civilian life, especially when it comes to finding a job. Many of the tasks performed and skills acquired during military service don’t translate to the skills listed in a more traditional resume. However, with some understanding of how military skills can be utilized in the corporate workspace, employers will find that there is a great advantage in hiring veterans.
Top 5 Reasons for Hiring Veterans
1. Trained for Leadership
First of all, veterans excel at working in and leading teams. Military training includes putting the greater good ahead of personal interests. Trained in collaboration and cooperation, veterans look out for the goals of the team and not just personal gain. This develops trust among the team and helps it to succeed and achieve their objectives. In the military, veterans learn leadership skills and also gain valuable experience working with both subordinates and superiors. Plus, as most men and women join the military as young adults, they have developed and honed their leadership qualities for a longer period of time than most corporate workers.
2. Quick Learning
Veterans were constantly learning to meet the expectations and master the skills necessary to fulfill their duties in the military. Through personal development, formal schooling, or in unit training, veterans started learning from the moment they joined the military. They develop a growth mentality and continue to seek out new knowledge and training. Military personnel is expected to learn quickly and efficiently, retain the information, and shift to something else.
3. Adaptability and Flexibility
Another asset of military training is adaptability. When hiring veterans, you gain an employee is quick thinking and can switch gears as needed. In the military, one never knows what the day might bring, what obstacles may be encountered and what tasks need to be accomplished. A veteran will be able to adapt to new environments, hurdles, and changing goals.
4. Performance under Stress
Hiring veterans will give you an employee that handles stress well. They will not be shaken in stressful situations and won’t buckle under pressure. In the military, mistakes and bad decisions can permanently affect lives, so veterans are trained to take their jobs seriously and avoid rash decisions. They analyze information, work through the problem, and trust their intuition.
5. Open to Direction
In addition, veterans can take constructive criticism well. They are used to debriefing and reviewing after tasks and actions. They know how to gain insight and identify areas that need improvement. When your company hires a veteran, you get the benefit of his or her experience with analyzing situations for missed opportunities and/or blind spots. Plus, you can be assured that any fixes and corrections will be applied without hurt feelings. Veterans will continually seek growth and improvement.
Common Characteristics of Veteran Employees
When hiring veterans, you also gain an employee with a vast array of additional experience and qualities:
- Technical experience and training
- Organizational skills
- Problem-solving skills,
- Keen decision makers
- Isn’t afraid of hard work
- Takes responsibility seriously
- Initiative and drive
- International familiarity, which can be a great asset in our global economy.
If you aren’t already convinced that hiring veterans is a wise business decision, you will be excited to learn that there are some available incentives and tax benefits. To learn more, visit the Veterans Affairs website.
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Meet Jack Stieber and Brad Gurney, President and Vice President of American Receivable Corporation
Since 1979, Jack Stieber and Brad Gurney have been pioneers in the factoring industry. I sat down with them to get an in-depth look at where they started and what it takes to become #1.
First question that starts it all, how did you two meet?
Brad: I was interning with Jack’s dad, John Stieber Sr., my economics professor from SMU. He wanted to start a factoring company as he saw a real opportunity for one at the time. He sent me out to meet Jack to try and get him to factor with us as one of our first clients.
Jack: At the time, I owned a computer company, and my father asked me to meet with Brad and sell him one of my invoices. He was really having me vet Brad to see how well he did on the sales side of the business. A couple months later, my dad and his business partner decided to take a step back and that’s when I decided to come onboard and join Brad.
What was the factoring industry like at the time and how did that impact your first year of business?
Jack: To be truthful, I really didn’t know much about factoring when I decided to join Brad. My only knowledge about it was what I had learned from my father. At the time that we started American Receivable, there were roughly six other factoring companies in the DFW area.
Brad: Our first office also doubled as my living room. We had $40,000 and went right to work marketing. Luckily, the living room office didn’t last long and we were able to move into a converted storage closet “office.”
Jack: Our main focus those first couple of months was to get our name out there and promote factoring. Because it was a relatively new industry, people were unaware as to what invoice factoring was, and it became our job to not only educate them but to also sell them on the idea. With a lot of hard work, we were able to sign our first client within the first 2 months bringing in $20k of invoices.
Advertising and marketing was so different in the early 80’s than it is today. With such limited resources, what avenues did you pursue to drive business?
Brad: We spent a great deal of time putting together mailers to send to businesses in the area. I remember being in our tiny office stuffing envelopes and typing addresses until 2 or 3 in the morning. We also used the cold calling tactic as we tried to educate companies on our services.
Jack: I think our greatest success in marketing was when we realized that we needed to partner with banks. We were the first factoring company to partner with bankers in the metroplex. We developed relationships with many different bankers, some of whom have become bank Presidents. Today, relationships with bankers is one of the most important aspects of the factoring industry. With our marketing efforts and the advancements in technology, we now have over 1500 relationships in the DFW area.
Brad: Those relationships allowed us to shift our marketing skills from mass marketing to direct marketing of businesses with factoring potential.
Factoring is now a main source of cash flow for many businesses. When did the industry begin to boom?
Brad: Factoring really started to take flight at the end of the 80’s as the Savings & Loans crisis started to heat up. Essentially, we were in the right place at the right time. Because we had established relationships with bankers, they called us to help them with their customers. All of our efforts came to fruition in the 90’s as business began to explode. We had already expanded American Receivable to Austin and San Antonio in the 80’s, and in the 90’s, we were able to expand nationally.
With this amount of growth, how did business change?
Jack: With all the growth that happened, we were able to get out of our storage closet office and put down a real home base as well as hire our first employee. In 1996, we signed our first account to factor $1 million a month. This was huge for American Receivable as the factoring industry had really taken off and now we had multiple competitors. When the market crashed in the early 2000’s, business once again exploded, this time nationwide. American Receivable was doubling business every 3-4 years, increasing our presence in the finance industry.
What would be your selling point to someone interested in factoring and considering American Receivable?
Brad: American Receivable has been owned and operated by Jack and I for the last 38 years. We have a dedicated staff who is there to help you every step of the way. We offer some of the lowest rates in the nation starting at .08% and up to 90% funding within 48 hours with no start-up fees or hidden costs. We have also been ranked #1 by Top Ten Reviews for 3 consecutive years.
Jack: Our goal is to help small businesses succeed. In today’s time, cash flow is a big obstacle for smaller businesses. If we can play a part in helping someone be successful in a field they are passionate about, then we have done our job. It’s a rewarding feeling knowing American Receivable can be a part of their success.
American Receivable is a Dallas factoring company that provides services for businesses nationwide. American receivable has been in business for 38 years and has been ranked the #1 Factoring Company in America by Top 10 Reviews for three consecutive years.