Top 5 challenges veterans returning home face in the work place
While support for military veterans returning home is high among civilians, they still face one big challenge upon their return home: getting work. This is a challenge faced by many civilians as well, but civilians have a number of advantages. Employers may be reluctant to hire veterans because they are either lacking, or perceived to be lacking in certain areas. The difference between civilian workers and military veterans, all boil down to a set of simple issues/challenges.
1. Resume Writing
To get a job, you need to get an interview. To get that interview, you need a resume. Everything in your military career will have to be “translated” for a civilian reader. Many veterans fail to take this extra step giving the impression that they will be no good for civilian work.
2. Defining Skills
This is another area where “translation”, will be important. This will be necessary not just for the purposes of the resume but in the interview as well. Again, failing to do this can make an applicant seem only to have experience with military work.
3. Understanding the Differences Between Civilian and Military Culture
For example, many people hearing about your combat experience may make them uncomfortable. Military veterans returning home should not stress this part of their past in an interview. Many people have a negative impression of military vets, with regard to PTSD and other problems; rehashing battlefield experiences is not a good way to overcome this. Overlooking culture differences can make finding a job even more difficult for veterans returning home.
4. Selling Military Skills
In other words, stressing the aspects of your skills relevant to the job. For example, handling stressful environments, providing instruction and guidance, etc. . A military vet who fails to do this may be outshone by civilian applicants.
5. Employers Have No Idea of Your Value
In other words, they have no idea why they should hire you. This is the main flaw in the majority of resumes that wind up being shredded. They are put off by military jargon and unable to see the skills that you may possess.
Given recent unemployment numbers, and the added challenges faced by military vets in finding work, the best option may be self-employment. A food-service franchise, allows military veterans returning home to start their own business where they can apply their military discipline and work ethic to private enterprise.