This Innovative Car Company Makes Employing Veterans Part of its Mission

This post was written by Jenny Shank and originally appeared on NationSwell.

Remember how Tesla recently made headlines when its founder Elon Musk announced his plan to share the design for Superchargers, the quick recharging stations for its electric cars, with other auto makers? Well, Tesla is back in the news with another forward-thinking plan: To hire more veterans as they expand their product lines and workforce.

Arnnon Geshuri, Tesla’s vice president of human resources, told Dana Hull of San Jose Mercury News, “We want to be known throughout the veteran community as a great place to work. Veterans are a great source of talent for Tesla, and we’re going after it.”

Tesla already does an exceptional job of hiring vets: Of its 6,000 current employees, 300 are veterans. Ted Daywalt, president and CEO of the job board VetJobs told Hull, “[Tesla has] a good reputation. They hire veterans who can talk to other veterans. There is a language in the military, and having someone who can speak the lingo is important.”

While some employers have difficulty understanding that military skills can translate into a civilian jobs, Tesla seeks veterans for their technical and mechanical expertise and their ability to work as a part of a team. Veterans employed in Tesla’s human resources department know just what jobs soldiers would be a natural fit for.

Monthly, the company hosts meetings for its veteran employees to talk and suggest ways to improve operations, and it’s more than understanding when employees who are on active military duty need to deploy. Jason Deming, a vehicle test technician for Tesla who is also a member of the Air National Guard said, “HR was phenomenal with my deployment. I can serve my country and save lives but also work on the forefront of technology.”

Greg Reichow, Tesla’s vice president of production, told Hull that the vet-friendly approach aligns perfectly with the company’s goals. “At Tesla we’re not just building cars. We’re trying to transform transportation,” he said. “[Veterans] also know how to lead teams, focus teams and function on teams, and they have incredible integrity and discipline.”

If only other companies would follow Tesla’s lead, the jobless rate amongst veterans could certainly reach the same (lower) level as non-veteran unemployment.

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Vivianne Mosca-Clark
Vivianne Mosca-Clarkabout a year ago

Veterans are people...they were people when they left for war...they are still people when they came back. Unfortunately they came back damaged by the atrocitys of war. Now they need our help.

Elizabeth F.
Elizabeth F.about a year ago

good to hear

Rhonda B.
Rhonda B.about a year ago

A great idea!

john james Parr
john james Parrabout a year ago

Great Idea, good article, well done

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapaabout a year ago

Thank you

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapaabout a year ago

Thank you

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapaabout a year ago

Thank you

Anna Wang
Anna Meng Wangabout a year ago

Very good!

Berny p.
Berny p.about a year ago

Hope it will keep working with them!

Arlene C.
Arlene C.about a year ago