Work Ethics: Lessons from a Veteran

CorneliusI’m personally familiar with the exceptional skills and abilities veterans possess because I grew up in my father’s house, and he is a proud veteran.

Someone once asked me what it was like growing up with my father. The first thing they want to know is how strict he was… Actually, I must admit that he wasn’t strict at all.

He was firm when he needed to be, but what I remember most was (and is) the strong work ethics he instilled in me. He always emphasized to my siblings and me the importance of giving 100% effort. That single lesson helped us in our efforts of achieving personal goals and getting what we wanted out of life.

His lessons made me realize how veterans have so much to offer within the workplace.

One of the major points employers look for when hiring new talent is that people are ethical in their decision making. That’s definitely something veterans bring to an organization.

During basic training, veterans are often placed in positions where they’re expected to make ethical decisions and do the right thing. Transferable skills like those are necessary when looking for employment, and they are attributes employers should recognize during the hiring process.

Another great characteristic is teamwork. My father encouraged teamwork in our household, and he stressed to me that I could accomplish more in life if I could work effectively in a team. He always wanted my siblings and me to work together, no matter the project/activity. If we did anything that required more than one person, he expected us to reach out for help.

Teamwork is always on my mind, and it’s an incredibly valuable asset to all companies. Because of the importance of teamwork in the military, veterans have strong team management skills and are precious to employers.

There are many reasons that hiring veterans are a good idea, and growing up with my father, a veteran himself, I learned quickly about all the great things veterans can offer an organization.

Hiring vets is something that’s encouraged by many, and companies that hope to have a strong, knowledgeable staff will make efforts to hire and promote members or the veteran community.


Announcement: The Texas Workforce Commission is proud to announce the fourth annual Hiring Red, White and You! statewide career fair to take place on November 12, 2015 at Minute Maid Park from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

Hiring Red, White and You! connects Texas veterans and their spouses with Texas employers who value the experience, discipline and other exceptional qualities inherent with a military background.

Don’t miss out on this job fair. We’ll have 150 employers and more than 2,500 jobs available. Register today!

Cornelius Booker is a senior member of the Regional Navigator team and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors in Marketing and later received his M.B.A with a focus on Business Marketing and Management. With his personal experience and passion for the disabled community, Cornelius’ insights are an invaluable asset to the Workforce Solutions organization.

Author: Blogforce

Workforce Solutions provides comprehensive human resource services for businesses and residents of the 13-county Houston-Galveston Gulf Coast region. Workforce Solutions helps employers solve workforce-related business problems and area residents build careers, so that both can better compete in the changing worldwide economy. Our Employer Service Division provides personalized service to help employers find qualified applicants for their jobs, build the skills and expertise of their new and current employees, and address human resource needs. We operate multiple community-based career offices in 13 Texas Gulf Coast counties to help residents get a job, keep a job or get a better job – offering placement, career counseling and financial aid services. We partner with the region’s businesses, educational institutions, civic organizations and community leaders to find solutions to current and future labor needs of industries that are vital to the region and its economy.

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