According to a LiveCareer survey, almost 88% (87.7%) of current and former military members believe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other mental injuries of war affect veterans’ employment chances when entering the civilian workforce.
And, while 92% of the respondents believe their military experience makes them a better employee, only 60.8% think their military background helps them in their civilian job search.
“The truth is, over 80% of veterans return home without PTSD. Still, an overwhelming number of military job seekers feel like they’re facing an uphill battle against certain stigmas,” said Doug Jackson, CEO of LiveCareer.
Ninety-three percent of survey respondents believe employers should be better educated on PTSD and other non-physical disabilities.
“When it comes to PTSD and other mental injuries of war, military job seekers think employers are still in the dark,” said Jackson. “If employers learn more about these invisible injuries, maybe we could eliminate some misconceptions and see more veterans get hired.”
LiveCareer asked military job seekers what advice they’d give other military members who are returning to the civilian workforce. Here are their top responses:
Almost 89% (88.6%) of military members want the military to be more active in helping veterans find work. While the military offers a Transition Assistance Program (TAP), veterans seem open to further career counseling and placement.
Almost 92% of respondents believe their military experience makes them a better employee. In addition, 97% of respondents think other veterans should show off and be proud of their background as they search for work.
“Military job seekers rally behind the belief that their service has made them more competent workers. No matter their service branch, military personnel are confident in their ability to perform as outstanding employees,” said Jackson.
Fifty percent of veterans and active military members find it difficult to translate their military experience when writing a resume. And only 16.4% of respondents find it very easy to do so.
Survey Methodology / Source
LiveCareer conducted this national survey from October 8, 2014 to October 29, 2014. The survey included a representative sample of 1,153 United States veterans and active military members.
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