For veterans, reentry into civilian life is a struggle. They are asked to relate to those who do not understand their experiences; create structure in their lives, filling a gap left by the military; and perhaps worst of all, many soldiers grapple with debilitating mental illnesses, unable to receive the support they so desperately need.
One of the most well known difficulties that veterans face is finding gainful employment. Some reasons for this include:
- Despite the discipline, experience, and work ethic they gain through their service, veterans often have little to no experience finding a civilian job when they first leave the military.
- Many veterans may have never interviewed for a civilian job or even written a resume.
- The military does nothing to prepare vets for the job hunt that will inevitably occur when they come home.
As a result, many veterans have trouble finding and keeping jobs, and civilian employers struggle to understand them.
If you’re a veteran or know one who is seeking employment, the following tips will help guide you through the process of acquiring a job that provides a sense of pride and satisfaction.
1. Translate your skills into terms employers understand.
This is a primary reason why employers don’t hire vets […]
Manuel Gonzalez has always had a bent toward achievement. An all-American college athlete turned Navy sailor, Manuel single-mindedly pursued a career path toward IT during his military career, even pursuing Seal training in order to get himself closer to his goal. As fate would have it, the IT track was not to be for Gonzalez, who instead became a Master at Arms and was deployed with the USS Denver in 2002.
Manuel Gonzalez serving in Italy aboard the USS Denver
Even though Manuel did not enter the IT field, Navy life provided many opportunities to set and achieve goals.
“I always felt I could excel, “ he says. “I felt confident I would have advanced had I stayed in the Navy.”
The job security provided by the military is difficult to find in the civilian world.
The job security provided by the military is difficult to find in the civilian world. Manuel reflects that some of his energy, which was easy to direct while in the military, lost focus upon his return to civilian life in 2005.
“I went through a lot of jobs. I even went back to school […]
Veteran Scholarships Forever was recently inspired by Greenville Technical College’s veteran support page. There, they’ve listed all the resources they provide to veterans on one page. (See Greenville Tech’s Veteran Resources here!)
In that spirit, we’ve listed a few major Greenville area resources for veterans in one place for you to share with a vet you know and love.
All Around Solutions
“Upstate Warrior Solution is a community based nonprofit organization that generates quality of life solutions for Upstate veterans, active duty, National Guard, and Reserve warriors and their families. The UWS model is centralized around face to face outreach to the warrior community, and service lines include Mentorship, Healthcare and Benefits, Education and Training, Housing, and Employment.”
“Upstate Veteran Business Network exists to connect Veterans for the purpose of building a business network of reliable professionals and improve the effectiveness of Veteran-focused organizations in the area through meaningful personal and professional relationships and education.”
MeetUp Group: http://www.meetup.com/UpstateVBN/
Founder, Upstate Veteran Business Network
Greenville SC 29615
E-mail: [email protected]
“Veterans Affairs function is to provide and assist ex-service […]
In the August 2015 issue of the US Naval Institute’s publication Proceedings Magazine, Lieutenant Edward Wright, US Navy, addressed the need for a comprehensive plan regarding veteran employment in his article “Better Than When They Came”.
In spite of historical—and even recent—moves to address veteran unemployment, it is still an enormous concern, particularly in men aged 18 to 25, for whom the unemployment rate is 8.5 percent higher than the unemployment rate for civilians of that age group. One of the main culprits for this disparity is lack of preparation. While an improved Transition Assistance Program has offered some relief for enlisted individuals seeking to make plans for civilian life, it lacks power when no peers, or, particularly, superiors are talking about the need for careful preparation.