Hundreds of thousands of men and women are honorably discharged from the military every year. Unfortunately, many of these former servicemen and servicewomen struggle to find work. More often than not, military veterans that are lucky enough to find a job often have to settle for a low paying position. In fact, nearly two million United States veterans earn around the minimum wage.
In this five-part article, the Florida construction attorneys at Cotney Construction Law will discuss work opportunities for veterans. In this section, we will focus on some of the reasons why veterans struggle to find work after being discharged. In sections two, three, four, and five, we will focus on career opportunities for former servicemen and servicewomen in construction. Remember, for any of your project needs, contact a Florida construction attorney today.
With the exception of defense contractors, many corporations do not prioritize hiring veterans. This leaves many of our former armed forces professionals at a competitive disadvantage in the civilian job market. Although there are several reasons why veterans struggle to find work after their service ends, here are three primary reasons why it’s difficult for them to obtain a career-oriented position:
Skill Set: Although many of the skills that military men and women develop during their service are extremely valuable; unfortunately, many of these skills do not seamlessly transfer over to the traditional job market. In some cases, the employer may overlook the veteran’s true potential and their ability to perform the work the position requires because they do not fully understand the applicant’s skill set.
Education and Experience: Because military veterans spent much of their adult lives serving their country, they may not have work experience in the field they desire to start a career in. For many military veterans, they graduated high school and joined the armed forces. After their service has concluded, they will need to take classes and earn degrees in the specific field they desire working in before they are considered for a position.
Transition: It’s a considerable challenge for veterans to reintroduce themselves into the civilian workplace. From terminology to attire to a less formal atmosphere, many veterans struggle to quickly adapt and acclimate themselves to the corporate culture. An entirely different challenge is overcoming the unfair stereotypes often associated with veterans including issues with post-traumatic stress or anger management.
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