Last May, after serving his country for 13 years in the United States Air Force, technical sergeant Heath McNaughton was re-entering the civilian workforce. Armed with two associate and a bachelor’s degree he’d earned while serving, he was feeling quite optimistic about his post military professional life.
Then reality set in. McNaughton discovered what many of his fellow veterans had upon returning to civilian workforce – lots of things change when there’s a decade or more between job interviews.
“The job market was a totally different beast from what I’d remembered,” said McNaughton. “I know what I’m good at, but understanding how that translates to the civilian workforce was tough.”
Enter Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley
Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV) noticed a disturbing statistic – unemployment for veterans in Ohio, especially post-9/11 veterans, was higher than the national average. Yet according to the Society of Human Resource Management, 88% of employers had no idea how to reach those unemployed veterans.
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