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In spite of a strong work ethic and dedication to mission accomplishment, many veterans continue to find it difficult to secure a position in the civilian workforce. The Center for a New American Security conducted interviews with 87 individuals from 69 companies to find out why this may be the case, from an employer perspective. This information is valuable from the perspective of a veteran searching for a job so that they can overcome these hurdles, but also from the perspective of employers who would benefit by helping to bridge the gap.
Unless veterans are applying for defense contracting jobs, they have to translate their military skills into civilian terms. Civilians don't always understand military acronyms, MOS, or military terminology, and they aren't going to take the time to learn.
Some employers are concerned that veterans don't completely fit into corporate culture. Fortunately, employers can do their part to communicate their culture, so that the veteran can determine this for themselves before applying for a position with the company. Veterans, research prospective employers and make sure you see yourself working there. Interview preparation can help you practice interacting in a less military, more corporate way. What is the corporate environment like? Is it formal? How do people dress (business or business casual)? What terms are used? Connect with someone in that industry, or better yet the company you are applying to, and ask about the cultural environment and norms.