Veterans' Employment: A Guide for Veterans Who Are in Need of Assistance Finding Employment
Employment Resources for Veterans
Employment is an important issue for Veterans. Helping Veterans find and obtain employment, as well as advance their civilian careers is a high priority. This toolkit is designed to provide you with answers and resources in finding and obtaining employment, as well as making career decisions and excelling in the workplace. A full version of this Resources for Veterans (Handout) list is available for print and download.
Trying to describe your military experience, skills, or positions in civilian terms?
The Jobs Thesaurus finds job descriptions to describe a job you help while in the military.
Looking for help creating a resume, cover letter, or completing a job application?
The Department of Veterans Affairs' VetSuccess provides a section for Veterans where you can build a resume, find help to translate skills and search for both federal and private sector jobs. Real Warriors also discusses how to Translate Military Experience to Civilian Employment in a Resume.
Need to find job listings or career fairs to attend?
A number of organizations offer job listings and career fairs that are available both in-person and virtually to help Veterans find employment. The National Resource Directory's Veterans Job Bank allows Veterans to access jobs available specifically for them and allows search by keywords or MOS. Hero 2 Hired lets you search posted jobs by keyword, MOS, or industry and take a career assessment test, and find hiring events. HireVeterans.com offers Job Postings and a Job Fair Calendar and Virtual Job Fair Listings. VetJobs.com offers Job Postings and a List of Military-related Career Fairs. Transition Assistance Online provides a list of Military Friendly Companies and Military Job Fairs and Career Events. Career One Stop provides State Employment Listings. Check these out; you might find an interesting job that fits you.
Interested in a website with workforce preparation and training?
VetNet is a technology-based platform positioned to assist Veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses, find and prepare for meaningful post-service careers. VetNet is a dynamic and interactive platform, where each week live content will be delivered and focused across three ‘tracks’ of workforce preparation and training. These tracks include:
- Basic Training Track: Get ready for the workplace with resume writing workshops, learn and understand paths to work, school, or self-employment...and also connect directly to a database of over one million veteran-preferred jobs.
- Career Connections Track: Learn about different career options and opportunities byparticipating in weekly video chats with industry ecxperts, and get advice from veterans eager to share their career experiences.
- Entrepreneur Track: Is business ownership is right for you? If so, participate in online seminars focused on the nuts & bolts of business ownership, and weekly ‘hangouts’ with experienced entrepreneurs.
Looking for federal employment or internship opportunities?
USAJOBS houses all federal employment listings. Mil2Fed Jobs helps translate military occupations to federal jobs. The US Department of the Treasury posts Open Positions and offers non-paid internship opportunities to wounded warriors and Veterans through the Operation Warfighter and Non-Paid Work Experience programs. Helping Military Families and Veterans, the US Department of State participates in Operation Warfighter, has a Veterans Program Office, and employs military spouses using a hiring mechanism, the Family Member Appointment(FMA) . Operation Warfighter offers civilian agencies the opportunity to provide temporary/part-time internship opportunities for injured Service Members recovering at DC-area military medical facilities.
Interested in working for the VA?
Visit VAforVETS to search job listings, see job fair postings, and visit the Career Center. The Career Center links you to the Military Skills Translator, as well as job assessments and a Resume Tool (both require creation of a login). You can also request Career Coaching.
Want to post our resume online for employers?
A number of websites allow you to create an account and post your resume online for employers looking for Veterans to employ. These include HireVeterans, VetJobs, RecruitMilitary, Hire a Hero, Hire Heroes USA and Transition Assistance Online.
Interested in starting your own business?
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has an Office of Veterans Business Development that provides Veterans counseling to start, grow, and succeed in their businesses. The site also provides information on how you can get help accessing capital, competing for federal contracts, and creating jobs. In addition, SBA also supports the National Guard and Reserve and their military families when a small business owner is called to serve. Some of the programs funded by the SBA and run by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families include (but are not limited to):
- Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV): Training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 Veterans with service-related disabilities.
- Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE): Training, networking, and mentorship for women Veterans.
- Operation Endure & Grow: Online business training for National Guard and Reserve members, their families, and business partners.
Interested in employment resources for women Veterans?
The Department of Labor created the women Veteran initiative to address the employment needs of women Veterans. The Department of Labor’s website includes employment statistics on women Veterans as well as resources and tips for women Veterans seeking work. Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus offers free coaching, mentoring, and professional guidance for women Veterans, spouses, and caregivers. For women Veterans interested in federal employment, the Department of Veterans Affairs has created an informational handout covering a range of topics specifically related to the federal job search and transition support for women Veterans.
This information is from http://www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/veteranresources.asp
Here you will find very helpful information on what work-related issues veterans can look for, how to understand and resolve these issues, and find resources that are available for addressing work-related issues.
Hire Heroes USA (Hire Heroes) is dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military veterans and their spouses through personalized employment training and corporate engagement.
Hireveterans.com is the largest internet job board dedicated to the employment of US veteran men and women.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.
Employment Resources for Veterans: The National Archives has a very concise and helpful webpage to help veterans find employment resources. Build Your Career: Resources for Veterans, their family members, and civilians to obtain career advice and find jobs.
DOL Employment Services Information and DOL Employment Service Information and other resources for Veterans and Families, Employers and Service Providers, The US Department of Labor has extensive information on veteran employment services, small business programs and other opportunities.
Veteran Jobs: On this Military.com site, you can find veteran jobs, military friendly jobs, veteran job search tools, and more. DOD Veterans Employment: A Department of Defense web link for military employment resources, information and news.
VETJOBS: Vetjobs.com is a web job board that connects veterans and employers. It assists companies, recruiting firms and hiring authorities to reach the military market. Tens of thousands of candidates have already found jobs with the thousands of companies who have used VetJobs.
Careers the OPM: Careers at the Office of Personnel Management: they offer a number of hiring programs that benefit veterans, transitioning service members, and their families.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA): IAVA is an organization that strives to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families through programs in four key impact areas: supporting new veterans in health, education, employment and building a lasting community for vets and their families.
America's Heroes at Work: A U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) project that addresses the employment challenges of returning service members living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Joining Forces: White House’s Resource Page to Help America’s Military Families: The White House veterans resources web page has many useful information, programs and laws to help veterans and families of veterans find employment.
Welcome Back Veterans is resource to help veterans returning from deployment.
Local organizations, resources and services
Georgia Department of Labor: The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) assists veterans and their spouses with finding work; transitioning into the workforce; building career skills; credentialing military experience and training; and accessing state and federal veterans’ services.
VA’s Atlanta Regional Benefit Office: The US Department’s Veteran Affairs Regional Office in Atlanta is responsible for delivering non-medical VA benefits and services to Georgia Veterans and their dependent family members.
State of GA Governor’s Office Workforce Development, Veteran Employment Programs: Operation: Workforce is designed to help veterans use their Military Occupational Job Code to find the best job for their skills. It is offered exclusively to those who have served this country and can be the first step in landing the right job.
State of GA Veteran Benefits: The state of Georgia provides several veteran benefits. This web link gives a brief description of each of the following benefits: Housing, Tax, Employment, Education and other State Veteran Benefits.
Resources by Careerdepot.org: Employment and career resources for veterans residing in GA, including Veteran benefits counselor offices.
Veterans Preference: This web link by Careers.ga.gov has information on how some veterans in Georgia may be eligible to receive either 5 or 10 points added to their passing score on a pre-employment.
This is the information for Georgia’s largest provider of VA services and the web site address
- Atlanta VA Medical Center
- 1670 Clairmont Road Decatur, GA 30033
- Phone: (404) 321-6111 hrs. 8:00a.m-4:30p.m.
- Website www1.va.gov/Atlanta 2
- 4-hour VA suicide hot line : 1-800-273-TALK
ACSS Veterans Employment Assistance Program: Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency’s (ACSS) Employment Assistance Program supports homeless veterans in their efforts to re-enter the workforce by providing outreach, assessment, skills building, individual case planning, job readiness training, job placement assistance, referrals to housing and other supportive services.
Veterans Heart Georgia: This grass roots organization utilizes innovative approaches to helping veterans of all wars with the entire spectrum of the effects of war and military service. The organization is made up of veterans, mental health professionals and citizens.