Almost every day we hear more news about the impending and already-enacted H-1B revisions threatening to shrink the employee talent pool of some of our most successful companies, especially in the technology sector.
Just last week, President Trump signed an executive order to do a full review of the H-1B program, making sure there are no abuses and keeping with his goal of having us not only buy American, but also “Hire American” instead of placing numerous positions with foreign workers.
According to the most current news from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the H-1B visa applications have declined for the first time in five years, proving the revisions are already changing the landscape of America’s workforce.
After founding and then running the V.E.T.S. (Vocation, Education and Training for Service members) program for the past four years, we, at Sharp Decisions (SDI), have experienced how well military veterans perform in the technology industry’s private sector, and believe the solution to the issue of needing to fill the talent gap left by the H-1B revisions lies in hiring our U.S. veterans.
Our veterans are the perfect candidates to work in the private sector. Transitioning over from the military, veterans can implement innate and learned skills that are much needed in the corporate world such as a great ability to lead, an immediate adaptability to a culture of teamwork, a pronounced capacity to handle the most stressful of situations, and so on.
Industry Week noted that we should expect approximately 1.5 million veterans to transition to the civilian workforce over the next three-to-five years, a 30% increase over the normal rate. This veteran pool is more than enough to be of benefit to the number of U.S. companies that, in the past, have relied on 85,000 new H-1B visas each year to meet their business needs … Isn’t it time we give our veteran’s – America’s finest – the opportunity they not only deserve, but that our economy and country deserves, as well? … We think so.