At DCR Workforce, we’re encouraged by the number of companies who are demonstrating a true commitment to hiring veterans. LinkedIn just went all out, helping veterans import their profiles onto the Veterans Administration Employment Center website, which offers access to a million job postings in the public and private sectors. LinkedIn also gives veterans a free one-year subscription to its premium job seeker tools! LinkedIn is not alone. Coursera is offering one free verified certificate to veterans for select high demand courses ranging from data science to cybersecurity and healthcare. But how many initiatives are focused on women veterans in need of employment?
Not so long ago, only 2% of military jobs were allowed to be filled by women. When this limit was lifted in 1973, women started entering the military in huge numbers. 280,000 American women served in the Global war on terrorism, 14.5% of the 1.4 million service members on active duty are women; and 20% of new recruits to service are women. So, it is necessary for us to put processes in place to help them face the challenges when transitioning back to civilian life.
As illustrated amply by this table of veterans’ unemployment rates, there are higher rates of unemployment among women veterans in almost every category, which has been a matter of significant all-round concern. First Lady Michelle Obama is sponsoring and supporting various initiatives which draw attention to the fact that women veterans are finding it harder to find employment than their male counterparts. Let’s examine the issues which make it more difficult for women veterans to return to civilian employment.
Women Veteran Unemployment – Some Causes and Concerns:
What could be the possible reasons for this situation? We mention some of the more obvious ones, here:
Women veterans in search of employment may pay heed to the exhortation of First Lady Michelle Obama, for them not to be modest and to show off a little bit because they do stand apart from all other candidates. We have repeatedly said this before, but a last iteration cannot go amiss: veterans make exemplary employees, as they bring in great discipline, leadership skills, responsibility and responsiveness, and an outstanding work ethic. Employers, who do not employ women veterans, actually stand to lose out on having great employees.
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