Veterans: A Skilled, Motivated Workforce Yet to Be Fully Tapped
Advocacy Veterans are not in need of being “given” a job. They are skilled professionals who simply need the opportunity to compete for a job in the civilian job market.
Honor them for their service, but hire them because they bring valuable skill sets and great work ethic to any business. More importantly,we need to dismantle the roadblocks on the path to employment for veterans. Skills translation seems to be the biggest impediment in a job search.
Military job codes do not provide enough information about skill sets to civilian employers. Tools like Military.com’s skills translator can help decode the military jargon into plain English and reveal what jobs may be a good fit for transitioning personnel.
"Let’s treat getting out and getting a job as another mission and teach our military personnel to compete in the job market."
A veteran’s skill set
Less than one percent of our population serves and that means there is a knowledge gap. For example most employers envision the average veteran as a trigger puller on the battlefield. Yet that individual probably had other duties such as maintenance, logistics, counseling or administration skills as well as management or supervisory skills.
We need to realize that many, many different jobs exist within the service. The military can also better prepare our men and women to compete in the private sector. We superbly train our service members for many missions. Let’s treat getting out and getting a job as another mission and teach our military personnel to compete in the job market. Finally, companies who hire veterans must provide a different orientation than they give their civilian hires. Transitioning personnel need proper introductions to a company’s policies, culture, organization and rules.
A simpler transition
Conversely, military personnel need to embrace their transition and not expect their civilian employer to be just like the military. By putting our efforts into better communication and a true commitment to understand ing from both job seekers and employers,we can ensure our veterans are competitive in the civilian job market.