Career Resources for Veterans
Many times, the hiring managers reviewing your application, resume, and interview will have little to no military background. Because of this, it is important to translate your skills so that civilians could evaluate your qualifications. For a brief explanation of how to best communicate your experiences, view this video by Hire Our Heroes.
Need to update your resume to apply for a civilian job? If you would like feedback on the resume, contact your campus Career Center for further review.
Below are helpful resources Veteran's can use to get started on your military-to-civilian resume.
Hire a Hero allows transitioning Veterans to create/post your resume, translate military-to-civilian skills, explore career tools and search jobs with military-friendly companies.
Resume Engine is a resume builder that translates your military experience and skills into language that a civilian hiring manager can understand.
Job Search Tools
Here is a list of job search resources Veteran's can use to find military-friendly employers.
Careeronestop provides a Veteran and Military Transition Center that is a one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service. Through their job search tool, you will be able to enter your military job or MOC and match to civilian careers and job openings that use similar skills.
Military.com this comprehensive website provides the largest free veteran job search engine, a tool to match military experience to civilian jobs, career advice articles, information on upcoming job fairs and a military to civilian transition checklist. Includes a free resume assessment from Monster's smart resume-scanning technology.
G.I.Jobs is a job search and career site for Veterans, where you can search for jobs (by location, job title, keywords).
Using LinkedIn in Your Job Search is a great tool to use in your job search and an opportunity to network with potential employers as well as other transitioning Veterans.
TAOnline allows you to search for events and job fairs nearby. This tool also provides information on military friendly companies and transition guidance. Do not forget to check out the resource tab, which contains self-help articles, newsletters, and more.
Where can I find additional resources?
My Next Move for Veterans is a great tool for researching careers based on key words, industry, or similarities to your military job. Additionally, if you are unsure on what career you are interested in, try the O*Net Interest Profiler found in the website to see suggested careers based on what you like.
O*Net Military Crosswalk Search this section of the O*Net website helps veterans identify civilian careers that match the skills they gained in the military. Simply enter a Military Occupational Classification (MOC) or military job title and the database will generate a list of similar civilian occupations.
Veterans' Employment & Training Service is a US Department of Labor website that prepares veterans, service members and their spouses, for meaningful careers, provides employment resources and expertise, and promotes employment opportunities.
National Resource Directory is a website that connects Veterans and their families to services that are offered at the national, state, and local level. With resources such as Transition Assistance, Employment Laws & Veterans' Preferences, and more, you can consider this tool a one-stop website for your transition to civilian work.
VA For Vets US Department of Veterans Affairs website designed to help Veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses successfully find civilian careers in the Federal government.
For more information, please contact your Campus Career Center or Veteran's Affairs Office.