Our favorite veteran employment resources
We've put together a hand-picked shortlist of our favorite veteran employment resources that assist the 245,000 service members that transition out of the military each year.
According to a report titled “US Military Veterans’ Difficult Transitions Back to Civilian Life and the VA’s Response,” published by Brown University, it's estimated that 245,000 enlisted service members and officers will leave the service each year. While numerous transition assistance programs exist for that reason, many service members may still feel underprepared to re-enter civilian life.
And for that reason, many veterans and government agencies have developed their own resources and transition toolkits to assist the next generation of service members in their move back to the civilian job market.
We've put together a hand-picked shortlist of our favorite veteran employment resources for your consideration:
Veterans 2 Hire
Type: Facebook Group
Carefully managed by veteran James Royer, the Veterans 2 Hire Facebook group is a no-nonsense, all business community that connects veteran job seekers to potential employers. Once your application to the group is accepted, it becomes clear that Veterans 2 Hire is a supportive environment moderated by an attentive and dedicated host.
James posts regular updates regarding job leads and additional resources for job-seeking veterans – but each post is never ‘set-it-and-forget-it’. While the message is direct, the tone is inviting, warm, and helpful. Unsurprisingly, this tone is reflected in posts and conversations contributed by other members of the group as well.
In short, if you’re seeking a supportive Facebook group that just might actually connect you to your future employer, visit the Veterans 2 Hire community.
Type: Employment services non-profit
The CASY team has placed over 100,000 military-affiliated job seekers in rewarding jobs. Unlike a typical service that requires you to upload your work history to an unattended database, the CASY team have a boots-on-the-ground approach and offer personalized services to each and every member of their program.
Their job placement services are free for anyone in active duty as well as veterans, ROTC cadets, caregivers, and military spouses. They’ve even earned the Call of Duty Seal of Distinction for their efforts for being one of the most effective and efficient non-profit organizations in the United States.
Not only are they efficient and effective, they’re also very friendly. If you’ve not heard of them already, you should definitely check them out.
Military skills translator
Type: Job search tool
Owned and operated by Monster, Military.com offers a variety of tools and resources to assist in your job search. Our favorite is the Military Skills Translator.
This tool actually takes your military job title/code and matches you to live jobs. Simple, intuitive, and effective. What’s not to love? If you’re one for cutting out the middle man and doing the dirty work of job searches yourself, this is *the* tool.
Wounded Warriors Project
Type: Veteran benefits and career assistance services
The WWP is a wealth of information and resources when it comes to transitioning out of the military. Our favorite initiative is the Warriors to Work program that helps veterans plan out their career goals and outline what they want to achieve.
The service then extends to creating and polishing your resume and 1-to-1 interview prep with a career specialist before connecting you to registered employers. Pairing this with WWP support services and benefits information makes this an all-round resource for veterans.
Type: Job search
With over 1,400,000 members, RecruitMilitary is easily the largest veteran job network in the United States. We love RecruitMilitary for their nationwide hiring events that connect candidates to the right employers. And if you can’t make it to one of their events? Well, we checked today and they have over 238,000 live on their website. That means you can still engage with vetted employers and land your dream job.
Type: Military transition resources
Whether you’re a veteran already on the hunt for a job, or an active duty service member who wants a smoother transition, there are many programs available to help you better translate your military skills to a civilian career. This guide from Rider University Online will go over some of the most useful military skills that may also apply in the business world, what educational programs are available to further develop these skills, and various organizations that can help you connect with jobs for which you’re a better fit.
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