While the federal government and private sector are working to increase civilian employment options for veterans, they are still having difficulty finding work. According to a study undertaken in collaboration with Australian Veterans, the unemployment rate among Veterans aged 18 to 65 is higher than that of non-Veterans.
Here are five of the most significant obstacles that Veterans encounter when it comes to finding work:
Skill and Education Gaps
Veterans have a wide range of transferable leadership, collaboration, and communication abilities that can help them succeed in civilian jobs. When it comes to filling jobs, businesses often search for specific abilities. They may be unqualified for some jobs due to gaps in their education and experience. Many management and highly technical professions, for example, necessitate both a certain degree and work experience. Veterans who joined the military immediately after graduating from high school may have little or no civilian work experience.
COVID increased unemployment in Australia to its highest levels since the Great Depression. While the labour market is improving, the unemployment rate in March 2021 was 6%, which is still higher than pre-pandemic levels, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The pace of new hires is modest as workers return after extended furloughs. When it comes to finding a job, the competition is fierce. Every corporate job opportunity, according to statistics, receives 250 applications. Only four to six persons are chosen for an interview out of all of them. Furthermore, only one individual is employed.
For many of those who served in the military, it was their first employment. As a result, veterans may never have needed to create a resume, at least not one aimed at landing civilian employment. As inexperienced job seekers, some Veterans may list all of their military experience on their resumes in the hopes that future employers will identify applicable skills and expertise.
Learn to Network
Networking is widely regarded as the most effective method of obtaining employment. It is responsible for up to 85% of all job openings. Traditional and more advanced networking strategies are used in today’s networking. Here are a handful of the most important networking tactics in today’s world:
- Join professional organisations and go to job fairs to meet potential employers or others who have a professional interest in you.
- Join community organisations, volunteer, and talk to other gym members. Meeting new individuals opens up the possibility of obtaining a professional reference or a career lead. According to a recent industry research, a referred candidate had a 20x better probability of being employed than someone who applied online.
Choosing the Best Career Path
The best occupations are those that allow you to put your military talents to use. Vets who enjoy working with people for example, can consider a career in healthcare. A warehouse or logistics work could be great for Veterans who want a more active or physical profession. Veterans with a background in systems engineering, cybersecurity, data analysis, or information security analysis can pursue another professional route in IT. One out of every four Veterans is employed by the government or the public sector.