As we honor veterans each year on Veteran's Day - November 11 - it's important to acknowledge, in addition to our appreciation to their service to our country, that for many veterans the job market is especially difficult. That's especially the case for younger returning military. It's a challenging job market, but even more so for returning service members.
The unemployment rate for all veterans is lower than the national average - 6.3% for October. However, the unemployment rate for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was 10% last month. For veterans under 24, the rate was much higher last month - 23.8%. Veterans in the 25-29 age range have a 10.1% unemployment rate.
Transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce can be difficult. Hiring managers may have difficulty connecting military occupations to their job openings, but there are ways veterans can identify, highlight and convert for employers the skills that the military fosters and that are important to success in the workplace.
Guest Author Gene Link, Senior Consultant with BPI group, North America, share his advice for veterans preparing to transition from the military. The advice includes a career transition line with tips on what to before you leave the military, on how to transition to civilian employment. The timeline starts with a year prior to leaving the service, so you can start preparing for your next position well in advance.
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