By Mike Fontaine, LucidPoint President
Don’t Hire a Veteran, Give Them a Face to Face Interview
In January, LucidPoint received our Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) certification from the Veteran Administration (VA). The VA encouraged us to get this certification and when we initially applied I had no idea how difficult and long the process was. Apparently, there is a lot of fraud around Veteran and disabled Veteran owned business certifications, which shocks me.
One of our passions here at LucidPoint is helping Veterans so the SDVOSB seemed like it might be relevant, but honestly, we are still figuring out how best to leverage it. We want our customers to do business with LucidPoint because we add value, share best practices, treat them as they want to be treated, and deliver world-class customer service, not because I was injured in an F-15 crash.
I think most Veterans feel the same way. They don’t want to be hired because they served their country; they don’t want charity. Veterans want to be hired because they will do an awesome job. Veterans love being part of a high-performing team, they love winning, they love hard work, organization and accomplishing the mission.
The biggest challenge Veterans face however, is the longer you have served your country, the harder it is to translate your skills to the civilian job market. Their resumes become littered with acronyms and sometimes unbelievable responsibility. HR departments are tasked with filtering through an endless pile of job applicants and Veterans frequently get weeded out early in the process due to a lack of matching experience.
How can you help? Don’t just hire a Veteran, hire the best person for the job, but if a resume crosses your desk and that person has served their country in the military, please take the time to give them a face to face interview. This levels the playing field and will give them a chance to put in context how their military experience relates to the skills you are looking for.