During a time when contractors are facing a labor shortage, it is key to recognize people with military training and experience can be an asset to the construction industry, according to www.forconstructionpros.com.
Contractors often seek employees who are hardworking, safety-oriented and able to perform effectively under stressful conditions. Veterans value teamwork, understand how to demonstrate and respond to leadership, and have the ability to overcome adversity. Construction can be a strong match for men and women transitioning from military to civilian life and looking for jobs that offer good wages and competitive benefits.
“Veterans provide an excellent talent base for construction companies because they have a foundation of skills that are strong assets at the worksite,” said Kelly French, veterans—talent acquisition program specialist for United Rentals. “Many people with military experience have traits and qualities contractors look for in new hires: loyalty, integrity, dedication, service excellence and a focus on safety. It’s a smart move for companies to build on what veterans have learned in the military to address hiring needs with skilled, motivated people.”
Following are three steps contractors can take to support veterans looking to enter the construction industry.