Anyone who has worked in a data center – particularly in critical facilities or a network operations center – knows to expect the unexpected.
And when things happen that you can’t see coming, it’s how you respond that matters.
Stay calm. Think clearly. Show leadership.
Those are the hallmarks of one particular group of men and women who have been trained to develop a mission-critical mindset that enables them to react with efficiency under pressure. They are military veterans, and they are a perfect fit for many jobs in data centers.
To delve deeper into this topic, RagingWire has produced a new podcast titled “Hiring Military Veterans” in which three experts share their thoughts on different aspects of hiring military veterans.
Marnie Holder, the Director of Transition Summits for the Hiring Our Heroes program run by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, starts the podcast by explaining that increased awareness of opportunities is one reason that veteran unemployment has dropped from 29% in 2011 to less than 4% today.
“Veterans often don’t even realize that the skills they learn in the military are highly sought after by private employers,” says Marnie, who also highlights some web sites that contain key information that veterans can use to get hired.
Steve Jordon, the Executive Director of the Veterans Employment Initiative of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, comes on at the 9:20 point in the podcast and confirms that many veterans have valuable skills that match the talents sought by commercial businesses.
Steve calls out veterans’ ability to be mission-focused, to professionally communicate up and down a chain of command, to work in teams, and to overcome obstacles.
“There’s many, many more, but generally you can take those kinds of skill sets and they apply to any business,” says Steve. Steve goes on to share some resources to help veterans translate those soft and hard skills so they make sense to the industries they are targeting.
Tom Manriquez, the Director of Corporate Recruiting for RagingWire Data Centers, takes the mike at the 21:30 point of the podcast and gives his opinion on the biggest strategic advantages of hiring veterans. He also talks about the best ways to attract veterans to your company, and some of the reasons why RagingWire’s veteran retention rate is so much higher than most other companies.
“Through our Veterans Employee Resource Group, when somebody is called up to active duty as a reservist, we have a protocol in place for what we will do,” Tom says. “We will support that family, invite that family to company events -- and keep supporting our veterans.”
To listen to the full podcast, click here to go to our podcast page.