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HOW TO REALLY SALUTE (MILLENNIAL) VETERANS

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On Veterans Day – or any day – we need to go beyond expressing gratitude for veterans’ military service. That’s a given. But what they really want and deserve are jobs – new careers – that not only provide a paycheck (vital) but also enable them to use their skills, insights and perspectives gained from their experience to continue to contribute in meaningful ways.

Whether potential employers, recruiters or workplace colleagues, it’s important to realize that 20- or 30-something veterans, particularly those who have had combat experience or trained those who have, are not typical Gen Y/Millennials. Of necessity, they have achieved a greater sense of maturity, and they have likely faced and survived different challenges. Often they are more comfortable working and socializing with Gen Xers and Boomers. Their diverse experience should be recognized for the extraordinary value it can bring to the business and consumer marketplace. They know what extreme loyalty and teamwork is.

Reach out and help them network and learn the business cultures they will be entering. Respect them not only for their past but what they can be in the future given the opportunity.

Phyllis Weiss Haserot     www.pdcounsel.com

 

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