Despite numerous transition-focused resources available to veterans, reliable and predictable pathways to civilian employment remain elusive. Translating military experience, obtaining educational and vocational credentials, identifying the right job opportunities, and overall job availability are among many challenges that veterans face in transition. As a result, post-service transition remains a key focus area for policy makers, employers, researchers, and veterans themselves—particularly on issues related to employment and career readiness.…
The goals of this paper are to further explore and highlight barriers and challenges that veterans face when obtaining and retaining employment, and to understand how employers and organizations can apply the concept of workforce readiness to best structure their veteran-centric employee hiring programs and ultimately improve veteran retention in the workplace” (p.3). Workforce readiness is defined “as an interaction between what the veteran brings to the workplace and the employer’s needs with respect to the employee’s experience, qualifications, time, and geography” (p.6).
For their analysis, the authors used “the 2014 Veterans Job Retention Survey, an [Institute for Veterans and Military Families] and VetAdvisor survey that explores why veterans leave their initial post-military jobs” (p.5). The survey sample included 1,484 respondents.
This is the third paper in a series of Workforce Readiness Briefs produced by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families to explore employment readiness in connection with transitioning service members and veterans.
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