July 25th is National Hire a Veteran Day. In recognition, Light Up To Live not only encourages companies to reach out into the workforce and provide opportunities for our military men and women, but offer tips and resources for Vets who are looking for employment.

Getting Started

There are a number of online resources that Veterans can access as they begin looking for training and/or employment options.  A good starting point is the Veterans Employment Toolkit on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs site. The toolkit is designed to provide Veterans with answers and resources in finding and obtaining employment, as well as making career decisions and excelling in the workplace. A Resources for Veterans (Handout) list is available for print and download.

Preparation and Training

While there are many private offerings for job training, the VA also provide options. You can learn more at VetNet*. This is a platform created to help Veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses, find and prepare for meaningful post-service careers.  VetNet is an interactive platform, where each week live content will be delivered and focused across three ‘tracks’ of workforce preparation and training.  Options include:

  • Basic Training Track: Get ready for the workplace with resume writing workshops, learn and understand paths to work, school, or self-employment, and connect directly to a database of over one million Veteran-preferred jobs.
  • Career Connections Track: Learn about different career options and opportunities by participating in weekly video chats with industry experts, 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.

Need Resume or Application Assistance?

The Veterans Employment Center (VEC) is the federal government’s single authoritative internet source for connecting transitioning Service members, Veterans as well as their families members to career options. The VEC is the first government-wide product that brings together a reputable cadre of public and private employers with real job opportunities, and provides transitioning Service members, Veterans and their families with the tools to translate their military skills into plain language and build a profile that can be shared – in real time – with employers who have made a public commitment to hire Veterans.

The Employment Search Begins

Additional Helpful Job site via HiringAmerica.net

1) GI Jobs Lists career and education opportunities, a pay calculator that will help you figure out what salary you’ll need in your civilian job to equal your military pay, and job board that allows you to search by location and your military specialty.

2) Feds Hire Vets This site offers federal job option. While it isn’t just for Veterans; it provides support service members still in transition, as well as family members of active duty military and Veterans.

3) LinkedIn for Vets LinkedIn is a popular networking and job tool that can allow you search for jobs, join groups and connect to expand your job market reach.

4) Hire Heroes USA  The site’s services are provided at no cost to transitioning military members, Veteran and spouses. You can learn about workshops, coaching and employment counseling.

5) HireVeterans.Com Connects Veterans job opportunities that one can apply to right on the site. They offer Employers access to your resume and relevant jobs by companies in the USA and abroad.

6) Military.Com Veteran Jobs As part of Military.com, this is one of  the largest military and Veteran membership organization with 10 million members.

7) Vet Jobs Vet jobs is one of the leading military related job boards on the Internet. They work to assist employers in identifying transitioning military and Veteran candidates. In 2000, The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States sponsored and purchased ten percent of the company.

8) Military Hire This is another resource to connect you with Veteran friendly employers.  Once you post your resume, you can search for jobs and narrow down your search terms.

9) Hire Purpose This was developed in 2011 by a group of Veterans to address the gaps that exist within the process of transitioning military servicemen and women to civilian careers. In order to help get more successful results, you can find help for building your resume, interview tips, explore and discover new career ideas.

10) Job.Dav.Org The journey for a Veteran recovering from an injury is already tasking. DAV offers online job fair resources for those — when they are able — to seek out a means get back to work. DAV is committed to ensuring that the men and women who stood up for America have the tools, resources and opportunities they need to competitively enter the job market and secure meaningful employment. They partnership with RecruitMilitary, and DAV sponsors job fairs including virtual events.

Natural Born Leader and Entrepreneur?

VA.gov has information and options for you, too.  According to their site: 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. It also provides information on how you can get help accessing capital, competing for federal contracts, and creating jobs. In addition, SBA 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):

Resources for Women Who Served

The Department of Labor created an initiative to address the employment needs of women Veterans. The Department of Labor’s website has 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.

Sources: www.va.gov/VETSINWORKPLACE/veteranresources.asp, HiringAmerica.net, DAV.org