Tips to Recruit Former Military

Oil and gas companies not yet tapping into the incredible leadership resource of retired military personnel can follow these steps to ensure a successful hiring process. Michael Harvey, a partner at Orion International, suggests:

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  • Develop a Strategic Plan
    • Identify employees with military experience and bring them into the planning process.
    • Identify positions that will work best with applicants from a military background, especially positions requiring strong intangible skills.
  • Focus And Prepare Internal Resources
    • Utilize former military employees to help execute the plan.
    • Make sure associated hiring managers buy in.
    • Map possible Career growth paths for military hires.
  • Establish An Aggressive, Systematic And Thorough Hiring Process
    • Define the necessary participants.
    • Identify and define the steps in the interview process, including screening steps, interview questions and style.
    • Ensure the hiring process easily can be completed in a 14-day cycle.

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Neil Scott  |  April 27, 2012
Great points made here, Jaime. Thanks for pointing hiring managers in the right direction. When making the transition out of the military, it can be difficult to know what opportunities there may be. There are huge benefits to be gained from pursuing former Navy nuclear electricians, helicopter crew chiefs, etc. These folks are quick thinkers and they are fanatical about the quality of their work. I was able to take my own experience as an aviation hydraulic technician and translate it into a career designing and selling industrial hydraulic systems. A lot of it was sheer luck due to meeting the right people to help me make the transition. One point that should be made is that there's no need to exclude the search to retired personnel: also look for the people leaving after their first or second tour. Thanks, Neil