The Benefits of Hiring Veterans
Oct. 31, 2019—YourMechanic, a mobility startup bringing repairs directly to consumers' homes and fleets' lots, has hired a number of veterans as part of its senior staff. The same hiring tactic can be used by automotive repair shops, as veterans have many desirable work traits.
John Krudy, head of fleet operations and a 5-year member of the Marine Corps, is an example of one of the veterans hired by YourMechanic.
Krudy joined the Marine Corps after college. During his five years, he was deployed to the Middle East a number of times. Afterward, Krudy moved to San Francisco and stumbled across YourMechanic. He liked that the role allowed him to apply his management and leadership skills that he had learned in the Marine Corps and also provided a great culture.
Krudy believes that skills that he picked up in the Marine Corp made him a desirable candidate and that the same traits that made him an appealing candidate are similar to the traits that automotive repair shops are looking for in technicians.
“We know that people who are vets are responsible, can relate well to a team and show up on time,” Krudy says.
People who have military experience have special skills that are extremely valuable. They are used to working in very stressful environments and have a strong work ethic.
'Veterans may take some time to decide what they're doing after the military, but they're humble, inquisitive learners," Krudy says.
Veterans may take longer to train and transition into the job, but once that initial work is put in, the payoff is well-worth it.
“They will blow you away with their work ethic and their ability to work as part of a team,” Krudy says.
Krudy adds that veterans take ownership over any mission that they are given and don’t have to be micromanaged.
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