Helping Military Veterans Succeed in the Career Search

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Helping Military Veterans Succeed in the Career Search

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44% of post-9/11 #military #veterans find the #civilian transition difficult via @vetsbridgecom

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 7:30am


The Washington Post had a great article in Sunday’s edition highlighting some of the challenges that veterans face when they leave military service.


Be sure to read the entire article if you get a chance, but here are some highlights.

  • One in 10 civilians ages 18 and over were military veterans in 2013.
  • More than half of all veterans who served after Sept. 11, 2001, were between the ages of 25 and 34 in 2013.
  • Unemployment rates for these recent veterans remains higher than for non-veterans (after adjusting for age and demographic factors).

Some of the reasons given for why veterans may have trouble finding jobs is their higher disability rates and their lack of obvious civilian work experience. A third reason involves the actual obstacles veterans face when making the transition to civilian life. A Pew Research Center survey noted that 44 percent of veterans who served in the past decade called the transition back to civilian life difficult.


While it may be more difficult for veterans to land jobs, once they have those jobs, they are viewed in a positive manner. Veterans are often rated strong in leadership and other qualities highly valued by employers. These qualities include communications skills, executive presence, discipline, high work ethic, motivation, perseverance, loyalty and adaptability.


Hiring managers and college recruiters can take some lessons from the top employers for veterans. These military-friendly firms, as rated by Forbes and others, include...


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Barbara Hernandez
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