Lida Citroën, chief executive officer of LIDA360, explains why veterans and military specialists are ideal candidates for jobs in all areas of the supply chain.
There’s a natural tendency among private-sector businesses to draw on the military for positions in supply-chain management, Citroën says. Some 200,000 men and women make the transition from military service each year, creating “a huge opportunity for American companies to draw upon their skills.”
The character traits of a typical individual who has served in the military include competence, drive, strong work ethic, self-direction and adherence to a chain of command. In addition, the types of jobs available in the supply-chain sector often track closely with those performed during military service.
Because today’s armed forces are entirely voluntary, those who choose to join up are the ones who “raise their hand” when an opportunity presents itself. Such individuals also apply logistics and process-management skills to any job they might tackle, making for “a very compelling workforce.”
The transition isn’t always automatic or completely smooth. Former service members might have trouble translating their skills and way of life into the business world. Coaching and preparation for the move can greatly facilitate the process.
Prospective employers must also keep in mind that veterans, like anyone looking for a job, are individuals. Their unique experiences in the military shape their skills, expertise and character traits. Job seekers need to work with hiring managers and recruits to define the best match for any particular position.
Citroën dismisses the notion that veterans, with their respect for discipline and authority, can’t also be entrepreneurial in spirit. On the contrary, she says, their qualities make them ideal candidates for jobs in supply chain.
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