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Army Vet Jason Sheehan on Veteran Employment

June 08, 2020

Employment expert Jason Sheehan talks to veterans from an employer’s point of view. He talks about how employers cannot afford to make hiring mistakes.

“That's why we would rather do a better job screening upfront with proper candidates. Those proper candidates, a lot of times could be a veteran.”

He also touches on the fact that often time veterans are not selling themselves the way they should be in order to get that job they want.

“As a veteran, when I came home, I was able to get a job, but I put myself out there. I was open to taking any job I had to in order to provide for myself and my family. In doing that, it opened the door. Being a veteran will open the door for you, if you know how to get the door open, then the rest is up to you.”

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Video Transcript:

David:  As a business owner, you're in business to make money. If you don't make a profit as a business owner, you're not in business anymore, and you don't have employees to begin with.

Jay:  Pretty much. If you think about it this way, as an employer, I'm going to expend X to employ you. Let's say it's $50,000 all in. How many of whatever I'm selling do I need to sell to cover that $50,000 a year?

As an employer, we can't afford to make those mistakes of hiring the wrong person out of the gate. That's why we would rather do a better job screening upfront with proper candidates. Those proper candidates, a lot of times could be a veteran.

But as veterans, sometimes we're not really good at marketing ourselves. A lot of times we think that just because we're a veteran, an employer owes us something. Unfortunately, that's not the case.

As a veteran, when I came home, I was able to get a job, but I put myself out there. I was open to taking any job I had to in order to provide for myself and my family. In doing that, it opened the door. Being a veteran will open the door for you, if you know how to get the door open, then the rest is up to you.

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