When it comes to building a team, finding the right talent for your business is crucial to its success. However, with the job market being what it is during these turbulent times, employers are being inundated with applications. Not only does this make it harder to find the right person for the job but the process of hiring someone costs significant time, money and effort.
“The main issue my clients face is finding the right candidates,” says Paul Lewis, MD of Veterans Employment & Training Services (V.E.T.S). “Employers are finding that the job market is flooded with people looking for work. I recently spoke to someone hiring for a Warehouse Manager role and the company is getting in excess of 400 applications – and that is a lot!”
“Just the time spent going through CVs and choosing a number of applicants to interview can be overwhelming, not to mention costly,” Paul explains. “This is particularly true for smaller businesses that don’t have a dedicated HR department.”
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“Our job is to sift through those applications, screen candidates and find the best people for a role. I don’t send 20-30 applications to clients, I’ll send a minimum of three and a maximum of six – and all of them will be the best of the bunch. Then the client will choose which applicants they want to interview and we’ll set it up. It’s as easy as that.”
As well as the costs of hiring someone new, if things don’t work out then the employer will need to go through the whole process again. However, Paul believes that veterans are among the best candidates an employer can consider when it comes to staff retention.
“Often, veterans have served overseas, they could have been based anywhere in the world and that would have been their job for 10, 15 or even 20 years. When they leave the armed forces, nine times out of 10 then they want to come back home, find a job they can settle in and build another career,” Paul explains.
The benefits of hiring veterans
People that served in the military have been given world-class training and they’ve got the qualifications to prove it. But more importantly, they start a role with the can-do attitude that employers look for. Their work ethic is second to none and they’re incredibly disciplined. Why? Because they were trained to be.