32 U.S. VETERANS MAGAZINE WWW.USVETERANSMAGAZINE.COM
pproximately 200,000 service members transition from the military and reenter civilian life every year. One of the most challenging parts of that military to civilian transition is finding a new purpose and mission. A crucial part of that endeavor is finding a new career. Veterans in the job market can generally be viewed in two groups - recently separated and fully transitioned. The recently separated veteran may or may not know what career field they want to enter or what exactly they want to do. According to a 2019 study, 44 percent of veterans left their first post-military job after a year or less, and 20 percent stayed for less than six months.
Employing veterans is vital to company diversity initiatives, as veterans bring unique perspectives and skills to their post-military careers.
-Zack Baddorf, Navy veteran and executive director of Military Veterans in Journalism
Why Your Company
Needs More Vets
By Rich Dolan
These numbers shouldn't dissuade employers; they represent the state of mind that recently separated veterans have when they land their first post-military job. About 42 percent of veterans in the 2019 study felt overqualified for their first job. These numbers highlight the importance of a strong hiring process where the hiring manager and the veteran are both open, honest and supportive. The fully transitionedPrevious Page