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?
Below are helpful resources Veteran's can use to get started on your military-to-civilian resume.
- Veterans Employment Center Resume Builder can assist you with creating a civilian or federal resume. You can create and download your resume as a Word document for free! If you would like feedback on the resume, bring it to the Career Center on your campus for further review.
- Hire Purpose offers some excellent examples of military-to-civilian resumes. It is important to communicate how your military skills and experience are transferable to civilian careers.
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.
Hire A Hero allows transitioning Veterans to search and find jobs with military-friendly companies, create/post your resume, as well as find career exploration tools and translate military-to-civilian skills.
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.
VetJobs! provides a listing of upcoming career fairs all over the country. There are also resources regarding employment assistance, job search, career planning, resumes, and more. Just click the Veterans link at the top of the page.
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.
e-VETS Resource Advisor is a tool that covers a variety of topics, one of which can help Veterans transition into the civilian workforce. With resources such as Mentoring & Internships, Transition Assistance, Employment Laws & Veterans' Preferences, and more, you can consider this tool a one-stop website for your transition to civilian work.
National Resource Directory is a website dedicated to dispensing information that connects Veterans and their families to services that support them. The services and programs listed are offered at the national, state, and local level in a variety of topics like Transitioning from the Military to a Civilian Career.
Return-to-Work Toolkit website provides a comprehensive list of programs and resources to assist veterans trying to re-enter the workforce. The information is provided and maintained by the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy.
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.
VA | Vets.gov Military Skills Translator – Veterans can improve the skills section of their resume by using this website to convert their military skills into civilian language.
For more information, please contact your Campus Career Center or Veteran's Affairs Office.