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DreamWorks and Disney are among the notable employers in Southern California who are committed to hiring military veterans.
They have the ability to train thoroughly but why should small business owners take a close look at hiring military vets?
I've previously interviewed two vets who are running their own businesses and also spoke with Chris Marvin, managing director of Got Your 6, an effort of the entertainment industry to "bridge the gap" between the civilian world and the military.
Here are reasons to consider hiring vets in a small business setting:
Leadership – many veterans have learned important leadership skills and people skills.
Performing Under Pressure – vets have earned to adapt to changing landscapes in combat or servicing those in deployment. Small business owners, especially those starting a business, need people skilled at adapting to changing conditions.
Transferrable Skills – veterans may have learned specific jobs in the military but often they have learned "how to learn." This gives them strengths in juggling multiple tasks that come with running a small business.
See the sidebar for an interview I had with Chris Marvin of Got Your 6. At the end of that article are two write-ups with veterans who have started a coffee company and a silk screening business.
Click here to log on to Got Your 6 and read about the 6 areas of focus.