Employment Resources and Services
As you prep for civilian employment, you'll discover a world of organizations committed to hiring veterans. These are some of the top services and programs offered by the military and the government, focused on jobs for veterans and helping you find your new career.
Active duty? Start with your pre-separation training
As you count down to your transition to civilian life, you'll need to sign up for pre-separation training at least 90 days before transitioning out. Your branch's Transition Assistance Program will get you going on your military-to-civilian job hunt.
Employment resources for active duty and veterans
Here are some top resources for setting yourself up for employment success. While these programs may reference veterans, they're useful for every military person seeking a civilian job.
Employment resources from the U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor has employment sites rich with tools, job search capabilities, and information on special programs for service members and veterans.
Career One Stop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, has a special area just for veterans called the Veteran and Military Transition Center.
- Match your military skills to civilian jobs.
- Learn about going back to school for training.
- Find transition resources.
- Start your military-to-civilian job search.
- Find industry-specific programs like Troops to Teachers and Helmets to Hardhats.
- Discover more benefits and assistance for veterans.
Vets.gov is a virtual, one-stop online employment services website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Veterans.gov is committed to helping America's veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights. Sections include:
- Find a job.
- Start your own business.
- Veterans' program Information.
- Opportunities by top trending industry sectors.
- Explore resources in your state and more.
The Veterans Employment and Training Service site is a rich resource, also from the Department of Labor. At this site, you can connect to:
- Find a Job — assistance at over 2,500 American Job Centers nationwide
- Registered apprenticeship occupations and careers
- Critical resources and training for women who serve
- Programs and services for veterans, transitioning military and families.
- Transition GPS employment workshop
- Plus, links to additional veterans opportunities:
- Veterans Preference Advisor
- SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development
- Center for Veterans Enterprise
- VETS Resource Connection
- VETBiz: The Veteran Business portal for the federal government
- U.S. Office of Personnel Management Veterans' Information
Veterans services and resources for employment
Vets.gov is the portal to VA's Veterans Employment Center, connecting veterans and their families with meaningful employment and career-development opportunities. Wherever you are in the transition process, the Veterans Employment Center has tools and resources to help, including:
- Interest Profiler
- Military Skills Translator
- Find employers committed to hiring veterans
- Online job bank
- One-on-one assistance to eligible veterans
- A timeline for service members transitioning out
- Online links to free classes from Coursera and a Veterans Assistance area on LinkedIn
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers many more employment programs, services and resources for Veterans:
- Visit the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment page for service members with a service-connected disability — to get help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and skills coaching.
- Other services may be provided to assist veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.
- Learn about Transition Employment and Economic Impact programs including:
- The Transition Assistance Program
- Veterans Economic Communities Initiative
Start your own business with Vets.gov and the Small Business Administration.
- The robust SBA website has tools, information and how-to's for starting and growing your own small business — from creating a business plan to exploring to government contracting.
- VA can guide you through the process of registering as a veteran-owned or service-disabled veteran-owned business.
Hiring Our Heroes from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. Services at the site include:
- Hiring events across the country
- Digital tools including:
- Hiring our Heroes Dashboard: One account to manage all of Hiring Our Heroes tools.
- Resume Engine: Build a strong civilian resume.
- Fast Track: Learn about growing industries and apply for jobs.
- Job Scout: Connect with military-friendly employers through virtual hiring fairs.
Federal jobs for veterans
Feds Hire Vets is a government-wide veterans’ employment site from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. It's designed to be a one-stop site for finding employment within the federal government. By working for a federal agency, you can continue to serve your country. What's more, your military service counts toward a civilian pension.
Feds Hire Vets provides information for veterans, transitioning service members and family members. You can connect with:
- One-on-one assistance in applying for federal jobs at local American Job Centers.
- Tips on applying for federal positions.
- The Veterans’ Preference program — which awards points during the application process, giving veterans an advantage in job placement. See this site for preference ratings.
- A link to USAJobs search, which has federal employment opportunities around the world.
This is just the beginning of all the resources and services available. Think of job hunting as your mission. The good news? You have a deep bench of teammates who want you to succeed.