TACOMA, Wash., Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With a post-9/11 veteran unemployment rate more than 1.5 percent lower than the national average, State of Washington veterans are finding their way in today's workforce and Sprague Pest Solutions is doing its part.
Tacoma-based Sprague, a fourth generation provider of pest management services to commercial facilities, is actively recruiting veterans to continue a tradition of veteran-hiring that has been part of the company's culture for decades.
"Nearly a third of our employees are veterans or have ties to the military," says Leila Haas, PHR, Sprague's director of human resources. "We have a strong track record of hiring veterans and having them thrive and succeed in pest management careers."
Why is pest management a good choice for veterans seeking a post-military career? Haas says many of the skills sets – the ability to self-motivate, high character, critical thinking, and the ability to be productive both individually and in a team setting – are transferable between the military and a high-end service industry like pest management.
"We look for individuals with strong people skills and competencies to learn and adapt quickly," says Haas, who adds that previous experience with pest management is not required. "Veterans also have a strong sense of accountability and that makes them a good fit for pest management."
Another area where veterans and the pest management industry share a common bond is training. Veterans are accustomed to participating in ongoing training and using the latest technology to get the job done, and this mirrors the training and certification requirements pest management technicians are required to have.
Within Sprague's ranks Haas points to two success stories where veterans have found their niche in pest management. In Sprague's Tacoma service center, Tom Erber, a veteran with more than 20 years of on-the-job experience as a pest management technician continues his service in the Army Reserves and Charles Enebrad has worked his way up the ranks and was recently named manager of the Spokane, Washington service center.
Another benefit Sprague offers veterans seeking a post-military career is the ability to align them with the lifestyle they want to enjoy. The company operates in five states - Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado - and can place veterans in urban or rural locations protecting a variety of local, regional and national businesses.
For more information on how to start a career in pest management, visit Careers at http://spraguepest.com
About Sprague Pest Solutions
Sprague Pest Solutions (www.spraguepest.com) was founded in 1926 and provides vital preventive and remedial pest management and consulting services to leading food and beverage processing, healthcare, hospitality, and retail and agriculture facilities in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain regions.
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