Where Is The Best Source Of Talent For #CRE? Just Ask A Veteran. Better Yet Hire One!

Yes, let me state right up front, “I AM BIASED.”

If you are looking for a fair, open, perfectly written and crafted unbiased journalistic article you are in the wrong place.

You may have already known that when you clicked on in the first place. (Wink)

Seems too obvious to me. #CRE is always on the lookout for talent. Of course, it’s not just #CRE it’s stated as a top issue in any industry.

I realize that there are some schools (Wharton) and companies (Blackstone) that seem to attract some of the best and brightest to #CRE.

Power to them. It’s part of their competitive advantage.

Generally, if you ask any CEO what they need the most the answer about 99% of the time is “quality, talented people.”

So, why not look to the greatest source of quality talented people in the world.

The United States Military.

I told you I was biased. Yes, I know #CRE is global, but hey let me run with this one.

Let me bring up something beyond the flag waving and chest thumping and get real for a minute.

There are so many positives and that’s the point but what about what I call “understanding the right fit.”

Of the conversations I have had, there is a single theme that comes up every time and this comes from the veterans themselves. It’s that employers often don’t know how to interpret the relevance of a veteran’s skill set or appreciate their capacity for such all-purpose skills as rapid learning, leadership, and pure smarts.

I highlighted the last statement in bold for a reason. It says it all. Not in any way am I  trying to throw this at potential employers and say it’s on you.

I would seem that those are the exact skills not only desired but needed with any organization.

So, then why is it an issue?

I’m not sure. What I am not here to do is question the why. What I am trying to do is just put it out there for thought. Hopefully, bring some context to the conversation. Look up there one more time. Think about it for a minute.

You can get any nerd to code. That does not take away their value at all but what about every other part of your organization.

What if they are a veteran and can code? Hmm, find me a bunch of those. I want to meet them NOW!!!

The experience of every veteran in the military is unique in itself. That’s a given. But there are some skills that just never go away.

I am the poster child for that. It just stays there. It’s part of your being and still is to this day still, for me.

There are some if not many companies and organizations actively engaging and seeking veterans for #CRE.

How can I not mention TenX. Just look at what they are doing with the Vets In Tech Program  Look up and down their roster of people, Impressive to say the least.

CCIM has a brilliant initiative that they came up with called CCIM Veterans in Real Estate Program. Nothing but a winner!

Did I mention Blackstone before? I’m sure I did.

Look at this.

MAY 25, 2017
Blackstone Reaches 50,000 American Military Veterans Hiring Target Ahead of Schedule; Commits to New, Additional 50,000 Veterans Hiring Goal.

Now that’s flat out getting it done. There is a reason they are who they are.

There are many more that may go unheralded and have hired or are actively looking to hire veterans.

And for that, I want to say a big THANK YOU.

For those who may be wondering…………..

Where Is The Best Source Of Talent For #CRE? Just Ask A Veteran. Better Yet Hire One!


+1. My Veteran Status: U.S Air Force Active and Reserve Duty Honorable Discharge. (DD214) In case you were curious.

+1+1 “Aim High…Fly-Fight-Win.”