Employers Need to Focus on Retaining Veterans, Survey Finds

Nearly half of veterans stayed in their first job after leaving the military for 12 months or less, while almost two-thirds left their first job within two years, according to a new survey by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and VetAdvisor.

Veterans cited a lack of job satisfaction and opportunities for advancement as primary factors for leaving those jobs, reported Military Times. Nine out of 10 respondents to the survey of 1,400 veterans identified the opportunity to use their skills and abilities as the most important aspect of civilian employment. Veterans also identified several aspects of career development, benefits, work environment and employee relationship with management as important retention considerations.

Respondents said the largest obstacle to attaining employment was finding opportunities that match past military training and experience. The study found a correlation between a job’s alignment with the respondent’s preferred career field and the length of employment.

“This also provides a strong justification for private- and government-sponsored programs that expedite, streamline, and tailor job searches and workplace career services for veterans of all levels and types of experience and knowledge,” said James Schmeling, IVMF managing director and co-founder.

“It’s very important for transitioning military members to be informed and find career fits, that maximize their use of skills, to improve first job retention, and for business and industry to maximize veteran contributions to their workforce,” Schmeling said.


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