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In Pursuit of Veteran Employment

dcr vetransMore and more veterans who’ve served in the armed forces are going back to work as veteran unemployment continues to drop. The concerted efforts made over recent years to gain attention to the issue of unemployed and homeless veterans have reaped reasonable results, improving the employment status of veterans in 2014.

Though a lot of ground has been covered, more needs to be done because there are many hurdles ahead. America has 21.2 million veterans over the age of 18 in civilian life, of which about 11% are women. At last count, 7.2% of the veterans are still unemployed. This number stands at 16.2% for veterans in the age bracket of 18-24. Forth six percent of employed veterans feel that they are underemployed. This translates into 10.56 million veterans who are unemployed or underemployed as of today. More than one million veterans are living below the poverty line, with 57000 of them being homeless.

In many American cities, homeless veterans are sleeping on the streets. The shame of such a situation is galvanizing communities, government and businesses to solve the issues which lead to such a predicament for these heroes. Phoenix and Salt Lake City have already ensured that no veterans are sleeping on their streets. But veterans are not looking for alms and handouts.

The job search of veterans is beleaguered by some of the following issues:

  • The jobs offered to veterans do not always require or reflect the skills they acquired in service. Despite the fact that today’s military force is a highly technical one, many veterans are looked upon as good for security jobs or other physical tasks.
  • Women veterans face discrimination at the recruitment stage. The growing representation of women in the military makes it necessary to shed such preferences.
  • Employers assume many negative things about veterans. One of them is that all veterans suffer from psychological issues like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
  • Research has found that the military’s stress on team responsibility makes it difficult for the veterans to promote themselves as individuals, putting them at a disadvantage in a recruitment process.

In reality, military service provides great opportunities for self-improvement. Even those who enter military service with a limited education acquire a lot of useful skills and a great work ethic, along with attributes like leadership, respect, character, teamwork, discipline and attention to detail.

Until recruiters and employers change the way they assess the veterans who apply for their jobs, companies will continue to penalize veterans who deserve their support while losing access to remarkable talent.

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Learn more about DCR’s Veterans Program

At DCR Workforce, we have always walked the talk. We set and exceed goals for recruiting veterans for placement with our clients. We also dedicate resources to support them, and make their transition to civilian life as smooth as possible. We assist them when they need to meet any pending commitments to their military careers. To date, we have hired 1510 veterans and have active plans to hire many more. We also encourage our clients to engage veteran-owned staffing agencies to assist in the sourcing of their contingent workforce. Tell us about the efforts you are making to support our nation’s heroes.

The content on this blog is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for competent legal advice. They reflect the opinions of DCR Workforce and may not reflect the opinions of any individual attorney. Do contact an attorney for advice specific to your issue or problem.
Lalita is a people/project manager with extensive experience in operations, HCM and training and development across industries like banking, education, business consulting, BPO and information technology. She believes in a dynamic approach to life and learning as change is the only constant.