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Employment – The Essentials
It’s time to find a new job or maybe explore a different career. Whether you are in the National Guard or reserves and looking for a change or transitioning out of the military to seek employment in a corporation, nonprofit organization or the government, Military OneSource provides the essentials for employment readiness. You’ll find fresh content on everything you need to know as you pursue meaningful work, from credentialing your military experience and building your resume to networking and identifying federal employment benefits.
Follow these steps to meaningful employment:
Build your resume.
Wondering how to condense your military history, skills and knowledge onto one piece of paper? Military OneSource offers tips for translating your experience into civilian terms, how to obtain a copy of your Verification of Military Experience and Training through the Department of Defense, and ways to tap into resume-building tools on sites like Vets.gov.
- Verification of Military Experience and Training
- Employment Workshop Participant Guide
Attend a job fair.
Job fairs are an opportunity to network and may be a required step in the employment process. Prepare for a job fair like you would for an interview: research recruiters before you arrive; create a list of questions and topics to discuss; and be sure to follow up with any connections you make.
- VA Education Benefit Programs
- Hiring Our Heroes
- DAV Job Fairs
- American Legion Job Fairs
- Recruit Military Job Fairs
Credential your military experience.
Your military experience has given you training that converts to skills in the civilian world. The Credentialing Opportunities Online, or COOL, program helps you translate your training into civilian credentials and speak better to what employers are looking for.
Identify veteran-friendly companies.
Many organizations are committed to helping veterans find a good job. Look for programs such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative and explore organizations like the Military Officers Association of America and Non-Commissioned Officers Association or Enlisted Association.
Tap into Employment Benefits and Assistance Programs
The Department of Defense wants you to have a successful transition to meaningful work. Check out these employment benefits and assistance programs available before and after you leave the military.