A new post from the Officers’ Association discusses research from the Barclays AFTER (Armed Forces Transition, Employment & Resettlement) Programme, which shows that Service leavers often face ignorance and prejudice when job hunting, with women experiencing this to an even greater extent.

On average, it takes a veteran four months to find a civilian job, rising to five months for female veterans. Upon further analysis, 39% of male veterans will find a job within a month, compared to 21% of female veterans. 30% of veterans had experienced inappropriate interview questions, with more than a quarter of women asked if they knew how to act and dress in a feminine way, and a third of men asked if they ever shot or killed anyone.

To combat these issues 44% of female Service leavers have undertaken additional training when looking for civilian roles compared to 28% of men. In fact, female veterans are more likely to take additional steps at every stage of the job hunting process than either their male counterparts or civilians. This includes sending out nearly double the number of CVs, attending more interviews and completing more work placements.

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