Job-seeking Veterans Fear PTSD Stigmas Upon Returning to the Civilian Workforce
Untreated TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) can have severe Job-seeking veterans often experience the fear of encountering stigmas related to PTSD when reintegrating into the civilian workforce. Despite their valuable skills and experiences gained during military service, many veterans worry that disclosing their PTSD diagnosis may lead to discrimination or misconceptions about their capabilities. This fear stems from the prevailing lack of understanding surrounding mental health issues, particularly PTSD, in the workplace. As a result, some veterans may conceal their condition, leading to difficulties in seeking appropriate accommodations or support when needed. Addressing these stigmas and fostering a more inclusive work environment is essential to ensure that veterans can fully leverage their skills and experiences while receiving the understanding and support they deserve in their transition to civilian life.
Facts and Figures
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 better employees, 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.
US Military Members Want Better PTSD Awareness
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.”
Veterans advise military members searching for civilian work to be proud of their service
LiveCareer asked military job seekers what advice they’d give other military members returning to the civilian workforce. Here are their top responses:
- Be proud: 32% of respondents say to be proud of your background and show it on your resume.
- Get help: 28.6% of respondents advise other veterans to seek professional advice from a career counselor.
- Be prepared: 20.6% of respondents warn veterans to be ready for a long and challenging job search.
- Be social: 15.7% of respondents recommend using social media before separating from the military.
The US Military Should Provide More Help to Veteran Job Seekers
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.
Despite the Stigmas, Veteran Job Seekers Think They’re Better Employees
Almost 92% of respondents believe their military experience makes them better employees. 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.
Veterans Struggle to Translate Skills Onto a Resume
Fifty percent of veterans and active military members find translating their military experience when writing a resume difficult. 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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