According to The New York Times, veterans are 37% more likely to be underemployed after their service than civilians in America. The Times also found that roughly one third of all veterans are underemployed.
You may be asking, what does underemployment mean when compared to unemployment? Underemployment refers to a person who does not have enough paid work or is not being properly utilized with their range of skills.
A LinkedIn study found that in their first year transitioning out of service, veterans make up nearly a third of a typical veteran’s professional network, whereas veterans make up 1.2% of a civilian network. This means that veterans are more likely to connect professionally with other veterans which could put them at a disadvantage compared to civilians looking for similar roles.
Sharp Decisions understands the issues veterans are facing in the job market, which is why we created the V.E.T.S. Program to make sure that qualifying veterans won’t endure underemployment. If accepted into the program, qualified veterans learn to put their unique skills from their service to use in a corporate setting with no cost to a future employer for training.