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Why Hiring Heroes is a Great Move for Your Business

Why Hiring Heroes is a Great Move for Your Business

May is Military Appreciation Month, and we want to shine a light on why hiring heroes is a great move for your business. Veterans are detail-oriented workers with the capacity to handle stressful situations, lead teams, and adapt to new skills quickly. 

What we hear all the time from our client businesses is that they want to build a more sustainable, long-lasting workforce. If that resonates with you, hiring heroes should be among your top strategies. 

Thanks to their military backgrounds, veteran employees are going to help your bottom line. And they are known for having positive impacts on company culture because they come from an environment where teamwork is critical. When you’ve got employees who actively enhance your culture, the sustainability of your workforce increases dramatically. 

Here’s why you should consider hiring heroes as a strategy for your growing business… 

Leadership 

leadership at workThe military explicitly trains recruits in leadership skills through guidance, motivation, and innovation. Veterans are also trained to think strategically, which will come in handy when leading a team. When you make the decision to hire a trained leader, your team will respond in kind. And your business will likely see a boost in productivity and positivity. That’s the power of good leadership.  

Problem-Solving

military veteranPart of the strategic mindset trained into military members is to solve problems in creative ways. Combat strategies require solutions that cut through challenges while minimizing damage wherever possible. Having someone experienced in solving problems in extreme situations is enormously beneficial. The creative solutions veterans bring to the table can help your team navigate tough transition periods, busy seasons, and even choosing which new pizza place to order from for the office party. 

Adaptability

Adapting to news skills is an essential part of military life. From the moment an individual arrives at basic training, they’re immersed in new experiences and challenges that require them to implement new thinking and skill sets. Working hard is part of a veteran’s DNA. That lets you know they are likely to adapt more easily than others when change is thrown their way. 

Teamwork

teamworkIn a combat situation, there is nothing more important than your team. That’s why veterans are incredible at collaborating. They know there is nothing more valuable than a loyal team that has your back no matter what. 

On the other side, confidence grows when you have a co-worker who will lift the rest of the team up by completing work on time and to the very best of their ability. When your employee’s actively support one another, there will be less stress, more productivity, and better camaraderie. 

Talent x10

Our military is made up of a diverse pool of talented individuals. No two veterans are going to be alike in their talents, and that’s a good thing. The military has an amazing array of career paths, ranging from engineers and technicians, to administrative staff and health care professionals. A veteran can fit into any number of different roles because they’ve already done it in the military. This wide range of experience and talent makes them a perfect fit for various levels of employment across industries.

Resilience 

job interview military veteranDue to the physically and mentally stressful situations they’ve faced in the military, veterans are incredibly resilient in terms of stress management. This quality can be crucial in all sorts of work environments, but it’s especially prized in jobs that are fast-paced and demanding. Effective stress management is essential when it comes to meeting deadlines or handling difficult situations, making veterans a stabilizing force for your business.  

Tax Advantages 

Aside from significant benefits for your company culture and productivity, hiring veterans also offers financial benefits for companies. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federally run program that provides financial incentives to employ many different groups, including qualified military veterans.

Companies may see even more tax breaks through other credit categories such as service-connected disabilities. The U.S Department of Veteran Affairs and the U.S. Department of Labor both provide helpful resources regarding hiring veterans. 

For over 40 years, Moore Staffing Services has had the honor of serving the veteran community of New England by helping them find employment in areas fit to their talents. If you’re a military veteran looking for a new career after service, contact us. We’ll help you Get Moore out of your career! Call (978) 682-4994 or visit moorestaffingservices.com

 

Here’s How to Avoid Social Media Screening Issues When You’re Job Hunting

Here’s How to Avoid Social Media Screening Issues When You’re Job Hunting

Social media has totally transformed the way we communicate and work. And today’s hiring managers pay attention to a candidate’s online profiles when they’re considering a new hire. What they find during a social media screening plays a big role in the decision-making process. 

According to a study by The Harris Poll, 70% of employers believe in social media screening, with 67% putting it into practice. 55% said they found inappropriate content that resulted in them not hiring a candidate. If this doesn’t give you butterflies, it really should. 

You need to be on top of your social media game. Not by posting what will get the most likes or shares but by avoiding posts that could prevent you from getting hired. It’s important to understand the types of posts that are acceptable and those that aren’t.  

From doubling up your accounts, knowing what types of posts to avoid, to seeing exactly what hiring managers are looking for, we’ll walk you through the best practices to avoid social media screening problems. But first, we’ll give you the skinny on what exactly social media screening is from the employer’s side of things. 

What is Social Media Screening? 

hiring manager screening social mediaSocial media screening is the process hiring managers use to check your profiles for problematic posts. The three main platforms employers check are LinkedIn, Facebook, and X (formerly Twitter), but they will also hop over to Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube if you have a channel. 

The point of a social media screening is to get a picture of who you are as a person. They look at what you post, who you follow, who follows you, and the posts you’re being tagged in. The top platform employers will check is LinkedIn. Essentially the online version of your resume, LinkedIn has long been considered the most professional social media platform. So your LinkedIn should be like your resume: up-to-date, clean, and well-rounded. 

It’s not on LinkedIn that you’re likely to run into trouble though. It’s the personal platforms, like Facebook, Instagram, X, and TikTok, that create the most opportunity for issues. It is worth noting that hiring managers are not private detectives. They aren’t trying to dig up anything damaging. They are just trying to get to know you pre-interview so they can be prepared with questions. It’s up to you to anticipate the kinds of problems they’d see. 

What Are Hiring Managers Looking For? 

candidates on social mediaHiring managers are looking for clean, professional content that demonstrates sincerity. This is why they scour LinkedIn first. If you’re in the habit of re-posting interesting articles about your field, following pertinent companies, and creating professional posts, this will demonstrate to hiring managers that you’re highly attuned to what’s going on in your field. 

This level of professionalism applies to personal platforms, too. Do not post anything that displays:

🚫Inappropriate photographs or videos

🚫Lots of profanity

🚫Bullying

🚫Drug or alcohol use

🚫Untruthful information

🚫Nudity of any kind

🚫Complaints about your employer or job

🚫Offensive memes

🚫Or other inappropriate material. 

It’s also important to make sure you’re not tagged in anything that paints you in a negative light.

How to Keep Your Social Media Clean as a Whistle

social mediaThe solution to these issues isn’t to deactivate all your social media profiles. Not being on social media, especially LinkedIn, can actually hurt your job prospects. It’s fine to have a social media presence; you just need to be vigilant about what’s there. 

Social media paints a picture of your life and you as a person. So why not stick to only posting that which highlights your best qualities? Put it out there that you have knowledge, keep up with trends, and are passionate about your career. Never be afraid to share your accomplishments! Seriously, highlighting promotions, life achievements like graduating, and any awards you receive will show potential employers that you’re a motivated person. 

If you’re someone who values personal privacy, you might want to consider making two accounts. One can be private for just family and trusted friends. The other can be a public, professional account you share with everyone else. Remember, hiring managers are not private detectives looking for a scoop. They are just doing a preliminary screening. If what they see is clean, catered, and professional, there’s not going to be a problem.  

What this all boils down to is common sense. If you’re about to post something someone might take offense to, even if it is the littlest thing, don’t post it. Think Twice, Post Once, or Not At All. It really is that easy.

Afraid of what your social media profile might do for your job prospects? Let us help you! We’re a team of employment professionals who have been in the business for over 40 years. We can help you navigate the job market with ease and clarity. 

So, if you’re looking for work, give us a call at 978 682 4994 or visit moorestaffing.com to learn more about who we are and what we do!