Employers of Choice
The Oasis Townsville has had a number of approaches from employers who recognise the value of having a veteran as an employee. We've created this page so we can gather the proposals by employers for our "Ex-ADF Community - Career Opportunities Board". We expect it will be a bit like SEEK but the opportunities will not be so well defined.
Employing veterans makes good business sense
Australia boasts a military that is among the most highly skilled in the world because Australian Defence Force (ADF) members receive world class training.
When a veteran leaves the ADF, they take with them a range of qualifications, training and skills that make them valuable to the civilian workforce. In a competitive market for human capital it makes sense to consider veteran candidates when looking to hire.
Organisations are finding there are many advantages to looking past the typical 'industry experience' based candidates and are benefiting from hiring veterans who bring new insights, expertise and innovative thinking to their organisation.
Some Good Examples of Employers
The story of Kathy Lawrence working for a company that appreciates the skills Kathy brings from her military experience.
Top skills veterans bring to the civilian workforce
Leadership is expected at all levels in the ADF. Veterans have experience working in and leading teams that work together to achieve goals. Leading by example, veterans are expected to delegate, motivate, inspire and deliver results.
Veterans are trained to put into practice risk-mitigation strategies to ensure that even in difficult situations they are able to achieve the best results. ADF members plan and replan, test and re-test, check and re-check in every scenario. Success depends on every member of the team being solely focused on delivering their part.
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
All members of the ADF use their knowledge, available facts and situational awareness to solve issues and problems. ‘It can’t be done’ is not something you will hear from a veteran; they are dedicated to finding a solution and delivering results no matter the situation. Veterans are adaptable and flexible and used to operating in a fast paced, changing environment.
Clear, concise and accurate communications are vital for the effective operation of the ADF. Effective communication is an essential part of operation. Veterans can identify, articulate and share relevant information using well developed communication skills.
Members of the ADF are known for their values of integrity, loyalty, self-discipline and perseverance. They have a strong work ethic and their dedication and attention to detail ensures great results.
What is needed in Townsville is employers who recognise the value of having veterans as employees due to the stand-out employability skills (we used to call them 'soft-skills'!); and will help them with the specific / technical skills required for them to become loyal and proud members of your organisation, just as they were while in the ADF.
We intend identifying several 'Foundation Members' of the 'Veterans Choice Employer Network' (working title) and all others by some appropriate system of recognition. We're are keen to leverage the PM's Veterans' Employment Program and will ensure it is dovetailed into our efforts in Townsville.
If you'd like to discuss more about this please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org