As reported by the U.S. Veterans Magazine, Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, says, “The civilian business community does not understand military service skills and how to translate them. But they want to.”
The desire among business leaders to help veterans segue into the business world is growing. Many have come to understand the value veterans bring to the organization and are eager to tap into this highly skilled talent pool. But what many employers have come to realize is that merely knowing the value veterans bring isn’t enough to retain them.
This language barrier often interrupts the smooth transition of military skills to an appropriate professional position. Too often veterans are hired into positions that don’t best suit their skills. As time passes, many become dissatisfied in the position because their talents aren’t being used to their full capacity.
Education for both veteran and employer is key to bridging the gap of understanding when translating military skills to civilian business terminology. When veteran skills are translated correctly, the veteran can apply for the appropriate position and the employer can hire the right fit. Both veteran and employer win.