Veterans and Military Personnel
and Their Families
Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
These are resources specifically set up to meet the needs or address the interests of current and separated military personnel and their families. You are certainly not limited to these resources, but they may have ideas or topics which speak directly to you. I would urge you to also review the many resources listed under Government and Defense, most especially the Go-Defense site under US Department of Defense. Many contractors are very interested in hiring you (as well as your own government) and you get priority in consideration for jobs with Uncle Sam.
Please check Benefits.gov, a portal designed to provide improved, personalized access to government assistance programs. You do not need to enter any personal information but you can search for various federal, state, and local programs that you might approach for assistance. There is a category for Veterans, but you can also review other possible sources for aid.
Leverage your strengths and experiences in building intercultural relations during overseas tours and/or training when seeking civilian work. -- Audrey Prenzel, resumeresources.ca
- Military to Federal Career Guide by Kathryn K. Troutman (The Resume Place)
- Kathy Troutman of The Resume Place is the expert on the Federal resume, and she has now published a book for you separating military personnel who would like to go from serving your country to working for your country. From this website you can learn about the book, order a copy, and register (free) to begin preparing your new Federal resume.
- Henderson, David G. Job Search: Marketing Your Military Experience (5th edition) (2009: Stackpole Books) (book)
- I received a complimentary copy of this book in my mail last week, and I am quite impressed with it. Targeted to persons separating from the military, this book walks you through the process of deciding what you want to do and how to make it happen starting before you separate and continuing past your departure. Lt. Col. Henderson (USMC ret.) has worked with hundreds of separating and retiring personnel from across the services, assisting them with resume preparation, interviewing, salary negotiation, and much more, and he is currently works with the Air Force Association's Resume Assistance Service. This books includes listing of services you can (and should) access before separation, associations and organizations designed to assist you after separation, and tasks to be taken care of along the way. He even goes so far as to provide a set of Computation of Salary Requirements for four categories of separating/retiring service members that allow you to use your current Leave and Earning Statements to help you calculate a similar salary level in the civilian world. This book speaks directly to separating personnel (and even separated personnel) and gives excellent guidance as you move out of that life and into this one. You can easily obtain copies through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and other book sellers.
- The Veteran's Job Search, Job-hunt.org
- This section of Job-Hunt.org begins with an extensive article on how you can make that transition from the military to the civilian workforce, then points you towards several additional articles and resources to guide you along. Courtesy of Susan Joyce, editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org and a veteran of the USMC. (I know better than to say things like "retired", "separated", or "former" when dealing with Marines.)
- De-conflicting Your Job Search, (Civilian Jobs News, March/April 2010)
- "I am sorry, sir, but we will not be able to interview you after all. It seems that your resume is in our applicant tracking database several times. Normally that would not be a problem, but because you are being tracked under three different source codes, we will have to reject all copies . . ." It is a very real scenario, so Mr. Wolfe offers advice on how to avoid this potential problem as you search for opportunities. Mr. Wolfe is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a private career coach specializing in military-to-civilian transition. More articles of his can be found on the Veterans of Modern Warfare website. His book, Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition is now available (you can preview it on the website).
- Job Search Etiquette , Tom Wolfe (Civilian Jobs News, July/August 2010)
- "Much like the rules of etiquette that exist for society in general, organizations tend to have their own standards of acceptable behavior. You are familiar with military service etiquette, and when you join a civilian organization, you will discover a new, albeit similar, set of rules. During your transition, it is important to keep in mind an additional set - those that define job search etiquette." Mr. Wolfe outlines many etiquette rules and offers advice on how to present your best face. Mr. Wolfe is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a private career coach specializing in military-to-civilian transition. More articles of his can be found on the Veterans of Modern Warfare website. His book, Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition, is now available.
- Selecting Professional References, Audrey Prenzel (ubiquitousmagazine.ca)
- "Once you have decided to hit the civilian job market, at some point you’re going to be faced with selecting professional references. These are contacts that potential interested employers want to question regarding your suitability for their requirements." Ms. Prenzel, a career consultant who works with veterans of Canada's military services, offers advice on who to consider when you need to create a list of professional references, pre-qualifying your contacts to be sure they'll say what you want an employer to hear, and how to prepare a formal reference sheet (to be provided only when specifically requested). Yes, your job search as a civilian is a mission, and this is part of your mission plan. As she says, "Don’t take this step lightly!" Canadian military personnel will also want to visit Audrey's Resume Resources for more information on her services as well as her book "Military to Civvie Street: The Complete Job Transition Guide for those Leaving the Canadian Air Force, Army & Navy". To go along with all this, you can connect with her and access her tips, job leads, and pointers through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Plaxo. All the info is on her page for Military Clients.
- Key Job Search Lessons from a US State Department Intern, Andreas Lucido (NCDA Career Convergence)
- Mr. Lucido, a.k.a. Capt. Lucido, US Army Ranger, has a lot of information for fellow veterans who seek jobs with the Federal government.
- Switch: A career transition blog by veterans for veterans
- Created by Dan Pick and Lisa Nagorny, this blog's purpose is "to support vets in their transition to civilian life and new careers by sharing relevant resources and our experiences." Both Dan and Lisa are veterans of the U.S. Navy now pursuing studies at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and both have experienced the shock of shifting from a military to a civilian career path. They have examined what is needed and how to get it done, and are sharing this information plus a lot of resources with you. Excellent blog, and not just for veterans!
- 1-Year Plan for Successful Military-to-Civilian Transition, SusanIreland.com
- If you're one year from being discharged or retiring from the U.S. Military, you need to start planning your transition back to civilian employment now, according to human resources professional and military veteran, Patra Frame. Patra's advice in the video (sponsored by ClearedJobs.com) is terrific!
- Military Transition & Discipline (Ask the Headhunter blog, September 25, 2008)
- Marvelous article with advice to a member of the US Army on how to handle a successful job search once he separates from the service. I agree with every word, especially these from the close: "The edge you have is discipline. The military has given you that in spades. It’s something every job hunter in the civilian world needs, because roaming the job boards isn’t a task. Identifying your objective, focusing on it, pursuing it, and not stopping until you attain it requires… well, you get it. You don’t need to transition. Just apply your discipline to the task at hand and don’t abandon what you learned in the Army about getting the job done."
- Transitioning From The Military: Been There, Done That, Got The Green T-shirts To prove It, Shawn P. Conlon (Career Convergence, Oct. 2011, ncda.org)
- After 20 years in the Marine Corp, this retired Lt. Colonel discovered how hard it is to transition from military to civilian life. As he completes his MS in Counseling, he has some great advice for his fellow military personnel, those who work with them as they transition, and potential employers.
- Best Practices in Resume Writing For Veterans, Wendy Enelow
- ...excellent article with great advice on writing a resume that will advance your after-service job search. Wendy Enelow is a well-known resume preparation expert.
- From the Armed Forces to the Work Force, Eilene Zimmerman, "The Career Couch" (NYTimes.com, Sept 6, 2008)
- ...a short series of questions and answers discussing the best ways for military personnel who are separating from the service to make that transition to the civilian workforce.
- Bridging Employment Gaps: Strategies from a Military Spouse, Stefani Schomaker (NCDA.org)
- Advice from a Career Counselor and military spouse to other military spouses on how to keep your professional skills and experience current despite frequent relocations.
- Military to Civilian.com
- ...a gateway to the many employment and recruiting services offered by Bradley-Morris Inc., a large military-focused job placement firm. The services here include transition advice as well as career opportunities, and all services are free to job seekers.
- 21 Strengths Arising from Military Experience [PDF] (National Veterans' Training Institute)
- ...a marvelous list specifying what you have gained from your time in the armed forces and how these "soft skills" apply to the private sector. Keep these in in mind when interviewing with potential employers and they ask "so what do you bring to my company?".
We also have information on the Troops to Teacher program for you!
- Wounded Warrior Program, Office of the Chief Administrative Office, US House of Representatives
- "The Wounded Warrior Program was established to create fellowships that provide employment opportunities within the House of Representatives. The fellowships will provide veterans with experience and exposure to ultimately broaden their scope of transition opportunities. Positions are available in Congressional Member district offices nationwide. Wherever possible, those selected for the program will be given the opportunity to transition into full-time employment. " These are paid 2-year opportunities, available to applicants with a service-connected disability rating.
- "Your connection to money, benefits, jobs." "TurboTAP.org is the Department of Defense's official website providing information for servicemembers on transitioning from military service. This site is also supported by the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs. TurboTAP.org is intended to supplement the services offered by the Transition Assistance Offices and other groups." For those of you separating after even a few years of service, this site offers you tremendous information and links to resources available to guide you through the separation process while informing you of the benefits to which you are entitled. I revisited this site at a later time and found the Employment Assistance information much improved. Thank you to whoever took the time and revised it. I still have a bit of a beef over links to DOL/ETA websites for job search (career info, yes. job search, no), but I'll overlook it.)
- Veterans: Opportunities to Use Your Abilities
- As the single largest Federal employer of veterans, the U.S. Department of Defense wants to offer men and women who have honorably served the US an opportunity to continue your service as a DoD civilian employee. This site answers many of your questions about the opportunities that exist, how to apply, the selection process, and more. For actual job announcements you are referred to GoDefense and FedsHireVets, but this site answers many questions and prepares you for the application process, so don't skip it.
- Hero 2 Hired (H2H)
- Not just another job site trying to get your attention, H2H received funding from the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Project to create a site where Reserve Component service members can connect and find employment, and employers can find the well-trained, highly skilled individuals they need. You can do a lot of searching and reading before you create an account, but to apply for jobs that are directly posted here you will need to create that free account. Don't know what interests you? Try the Career Assessment. It is easy, and there are no wrong answers. Unsure of how your military skills translate to the civilian world? Search the Career Recommendations by MOS. Most importantly, Network! Check the Communities under Network and talk to others with similar interests (and connections to employers). Excellent site operated by Futures Inc.
- "The President's National Hire Veterans Committee, which was created by the Jobs for Veterans Act (Public Law 107-288), has designed this website to help employers find qualified veterans, and to help veterans make the best use of a national network of employment resources." There is nothing new on this site, but it links to several existing, extremely helpful resources and services available to veterans who need assistance in finding new employment now that they have transitioned out of the military.
- Military OneSource
- "Military OneSource is a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week, toll-free information and referral telephone service available worldwide to active duty, Reserve, and National Guard military members and their families." Under contract to the Department of Defense, Ceridian Corporation operates this resource for the purpose of "providing help with parenting and child care, education, relocation, financial and legal concerns, everyday issues (finding services in a local community, consumer issues), emotional well-being, health and fitness, addiction and recovery, adult or child special needs, military life (pre/post deployment, reunion, etc.), work concerns, crisis support, elder care, TRICARE, and much more." Services are available online or by phone and are targeted to each service branch. Registration is not required in order to call into the service. If you go online, you will be required to become a member in order to read articles, subscribe to newsletters, and personalize the website to your own needs. Membership / access to Military OneSource services is limited to active duty personnel (all branches plus reserves/guards) and their immediate families. Reserves/guards have limited access once their tour of duty has ended. See the site for eligibility information.
Did you know that the Department of Defense has a contract with SitterCity to allow military personnel to search for child, elder, and other personal caregivers? Check it out!
You might also be interested in Civilian Opportunities with the US Armed Forces, including NAF jobs
- American Corporate Partners
- ACP is "a nationwide mentoring program dedicated to helping veterans transition from the armed services to private enterprise through career counseling and networking with professionals from some of America's finest corporations. [...] ACP is not a jobs program -- it is designed to assist veterans in their career development." Veterans and the spouses of former service members who were severely wounded or died during service are eligible for this program which matches you to mentors (many of whom are former service members) in your area who can help you network and develop your own career. They are currently limiting membership to personnel who were in active duty after 2001. Locations are also limited due to mentor participation, but if you are interested in mentoring or finding a mentor, please contact them. Application information is online.
- The American Red Cross
- I'm posting this here because this organization operates support services on some of our overseas locations, and in many cases they are looking for local personnel with SOFA status. This portal for all jobs with the American Red Cross allows you to search for current opportunities in their worldwide operations. Yes, they maintain field offices in other countries plus post announcements in countries where they have current programs in operation, such as Haiti. You do not need to fill out all the selections in the search form. Leave everything "as is" and just hit Search to see all of their listings, or select a country and hit Search to see all listings for that location. Full time and part time positions are included. To apply you will need to establish an account, but once this is done you can set up a job agent to notify you when openings that match your criteria are posted.
- ...a premier provider of communications, engineering, and integration solutions. "We help our customers in the defense, commercial, and government industries mitigate risk, improve operational and systems performance, and meet program requirements." They have numerous openings for technical, engineering, and other professionals in the US and abroad. They are especially interested in speaking with transitioning military personnel as well as veterans. You can search their worldwide career openings on their website, and if you do not see something that fits you right now, please submit a resume for consideration in future openings.
- ...a large military-focused placement firm in the U.S., matching the top leadership, technical, operations and diversity candidates who are leaving the military with the leading job opportunities in the Fortune 1000 and emerging company sectors. They have office all over the US and around the world and operate many hiring conferences which allow candidates to meet with potential employers. Services to the job seeker are free, and I am reading a lot of good things about them.
- Career Command Post
- ....helps bring active duty military personnel and their spouses as well as veterans of the armed forces together with civilian employers. There is a wide variety of positions listed with annual salaries ranging from $20,000 into six figures.
- ...another job site working to match separating military personnel to civilian jobs and to serve veterans who are searching for new opportunities. I really liked the Career Planning Guide under Career Advice.
- Corporate Gray Online
- ...military-employment site that links separating and former military personnel with companies interested in hiring them. Online companion to the popular Corporate Gray Series of books -- "From Army Green to Corporate Gray," "From Navy Blue to Corporate Gray," and "From Air Force Blue to Corporate Gray" and the Corporate Gray Job Fairs for the Military Community.
- ...an executive search and recruiting company that specializes in placing “impact talent” into world-class organizations. Founded by veterans, this is "a unique group of professionals, specializing in talent acquisition within the Defense, Aerospace and Homeland Security sectors." They also offer contract staffing, so short-term assignments are available. They have a good database of current searches they are handling (registration is *not* required, just skip past those first 2 items), and welcome resumes even if you don't see something in the database right now. Under "For Candidates" they have excellent tips on resume presentation, interviewing (telephone and in-person), handling counter-offers, and more.
- 4exMilitary is a web-based recruitment and resettlement training agency founded in 2001 by ex-military personnel. Based in the UK, their primary candidates are transitioning and former personnel who served in the Royal Navy, etc., but they also recruit for the same from other countries to serve clients out of country. Please note the specific qualifications for each job listed as some have certain security clearances listed. You can review much of the site and search the jobs database without registering, but you will need to register (free) and provide a certain amount of personal data in order to apply for openings listed here. On the right side under the heading of "Site" you'll see a category for Downloads. These are short documents you can download and review, and they include many good job search guides. Non-UK personnel will definitely want to look at the info guide on preparing your CV as they have a slightly different format from the US resume.
- GI Jobs
- This is the online companion to the print magazine designed to help you find a career as well as a new opportunity after your military service has ended. Besides the many articles there are employer listings and a career fair calendar to help you meet those who want to hire you.
- Helmets to Hardhats
- ...information on getting into the extremely lucrative building and construction industry for separating military personnel. Many trade and other organizations have listed jobs and apprentice or training programs here. You can look around the site and search the job database without registering, but you will not be able to view specifics of any listing until you register. "Helmets to Hardhats is co-sponsored by all fifteen Building and Construction Trades organizations, as well as their employer associations, which together represent about 82,000 contractors."
- ...operated by Veterans Today, HireVeterans.com is a job board for military vets. You can easily search the database and apply for jobs without registering, but having a resume in their database makes this a much easier process and makes you accessible to hiring managers who search that database in the hopes of finding good candidates.
- IBM Employment
- IBM is hiring, and not just IT/software professionals. They have opportunities in numerous fields and in numerous countries, including entry level positions and internships. They are particularly interested in connecting with persons from diverse backgrounds, disabled candidates, and veterans as well as military personnel separating from the service.
- Ingénieur Executive
- ...specializes in engineering, architecture, and construction management sectors throughout the United States. They also work with active duty military personnel transtitioning into the civilian work sector. Qualified candidates are always welcome to submit a resume and project experience or to contact them with questions.
- Logix Transportation
- ..." a specialty transportation company chosen to deliver our customers’ most challenging shipments." Logix specializes in high-value product hauling, and they interested in speaking with veterans and soon-to-separate military personnel who are (or want to be) owner/operators. The company is located in Minneapolis, but they run in the 48 continental states, so you might not need to relocate, although Minnesota is a lovely state.
- Lucas Group Military Transition Recruiting
- ...a division of Lucas Group, a national recruitment firm placing more separating military officers into civilian positions than anyone else in the country, but I don't see anything that limits their services to this audience. "By registering with us your online resume is immediately forwarded to one of our nearly 300 Lucas Group recruiting experts who provide connections to the nation's top companies." This is a free service, and you can create a login/password that allows you to edit and otherwise control your resume in their database. Registration is not required to search the job leads, but you won't see the employer info. When you find a job you like, click on Send me more Info, fill out the registration, and someone will get back to you. Have your resume ready to paste into the box.
- Magellan Professional Solutions, Inc
- ...founded in 2004, Magellan Professional Solutions specializes in the locating, pre-qualifying and placement of prior military candidates who have excelled in their careers and are seeking positions in the public sector. They have filled a wide range of positions from project manager to equipment operator, and commissioning engineer to field service technician in Manufacturing, Engineering, Operations, Field Service, Maintenance, and Distribution. There is no cost to the separating military member and they do not require you to sign an exclusive contract with them.
- "Founded in 1999 by technical staffing and recruiting experts, MISource is an international staffing solutions provider focusing on the specialized areas of Information Technology, Telecommunications, and Engineering." They have groups focused on IT, Telecom/Networking, Engineering, and Federal/Defense opportunities, and they welcome your resume submission to their general database or in response to a specific opportunity currently posted. You are also welcome to call with general inquiries or in response to a specific position. There is some demand for persons with security clearances and past DOD experience (hint hint).
- Military Officers Association of America
- ..."the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization." With about 360,000 members, this is a strong support group for active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the following uniformed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Auxiliary memberships also are available for surviving spouses of deceased officers. Among the many services they offer is an Educational Assistance program and a wonderful Career Center which offers career fairs around the country several times a year. MOAA used to be called TROA.
- ...nice portal for the military person who wants to keep up with the news and views of our armed services, but this site is made even better by the inclusion of some great career and employment advice for separating personnel. One of the biggest problems which must be overcome in the transition is translation -- how to describe the skills and qualifications of your military expertise in civilian terms. Military.com has the tools and the process outlined for you right on their pages. They even have other How To guides to help you assess your skills, a career expert who is a former Marine himself, and profiles of others who have made a successful transition from protector to private citizen. As for the job search itself, they have a similar well-planned yet simple process for you to follow here. This includes interviewing advice as well as advice on how to dress for success. Military.com is part of the Monster network of career sites.
- Military Exits
- ...helps former and soon-to-be-discharged military personnel to find new employment opportunities. Also available to their spouses and dependents. Besides the job database, users will appreciate the links to supportive info like the lists of transition assistance centers, relocation guides and military bases, and military medical facilities.
- Military Connection
- "...a portal of all things military with thousands of pages of resources and information. We specialize in connecting candidates from the military community with outstanding government and civilian employers." You must register to access many areas of the site, including the job listings, employer directory, and scholarship directory, but this only means providing them with your name and email address. It is a full site, so there is much to review here. Nice feature in the jobs: they have an added link to Indeed.com, so if they don't have jobs in a particular category you will still see a good list from Indeed.com. Military spouses will find their section contains a huge amount of helpful links and good resources.
- "This free site has been developed and is maintained by a team of both military veterans and corporate hiring authorities. We have worked hard to create a network where former military personnel can seek careers and utilize their professional skills. " Registration is not required to search the job database or view some of the other resources provided here (company research, relocation and salary info, spouse's cafe), but registration will allow you to store a resume as well as your job search and set up an automated "alert" to new jobs that match your preferences. Registration also allows you to easily apply for jobs found here with a quick click. I'm not impressed with the company research or relo resources, but the job database is very good and easy to search, and that is what is most important.
- Military JobsWrap (was Military Job Zone)
- A career search engine designed to assist veterans and separating military personnel in their search for new employment. The site is free, and you can review job listings without registering, but applying for jobs you see here may require registering with the original site hosting the listing. You can also register with this site to save listings and create email alerts. The site is operated by Aspen Technology Labs.
- Military Stars
- ...operates nationwide job fairs for separating military personnel and veterans. They also offer online job and resume databases. Users are encouraged to register to use the site and to "pre-register" for events (gets you free admission), which also means submitting a resume-type form to their website. For each upcoming event, a list of employers who will be there is available 2 weeks before the event. I see some of the big government contractors in these lists, folks who need people with security clearances, meaning you folks are prime candidates!
- National Military Spouse Network ( )
- ..."a networking, mentoring and professional development organization committed to the education, empowerment and advancement of military spouses." Members have access to line communities where they can network with one another, discounts on live networking events, exclusive online webinars as well as a monthly newsletter. Even non-members will find value in their newsletter, visiting their Facebook page, and reviewing content on the website written specifically with the needs and challenges of military spouses in mind. Membership is limited to spouses of active duty service members (to include Guard and Reserve) as well as spouses of retired service members, and there is an annual membership fee.
- National Veteran-Owned Business Association
- NaVOBA was launched in March 2007 to ensure that VOBs follow their minority and women business colleagues into the fertile corporate supplier opportunity.
- Orion International
- ... a military recruiting firm with over 80 employees nationwide in eight offices (San Diego, Austin, Nashville, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Jacksonville, Virginia Beach, and Raleigh). "Orion is operated and run by former military members that fully understand the uniqueness and intricacies of military members moving into the civilian sector of industry." Users can review their website for information on the firm, upcoming hiring conferences, and job listings. Visitors may browse the job database, but you must register in order to apply for any openings.
- ..."a veteran owned service, providing free transition assistance to active-duty military members, as well as industry experienced prior-military leaders and technicians seeking to launch their careers in a new direction within the Power Generation and Industrial Manufacturing industries." Operated by Magellan Professional Solutions (see above), this site allows their clients to advertise open positions online. All users can review the jobs and check out Resources area with its excellent interview advice and sample resumes. Only registered users will be able to apply for the jobs listed here (registration is free).
- ...jobs, career information, and a resume database for separating military personnel. Free registration is required for you to review jobs, post your resume, or review some areas under the Career Center. RecruitMilitary purchased MilitaryHeadhunter.com, and has incorporated many of that site's services into this one.
- SCORE Help for Veteran, National Guard & Reservist Small Biz Owners
- With this new section of their website, the SCORE Association salutes America's service men and women. Here you can find information for the self-employed reservist now called to active duty, help for former military personnel who now own their own businesses, or separating personnel who are interested in becoming small business owners. SCORE's online counseling system now includes the option for you to search for mentors with prior military experience.
- "From overseas high risk contracting jobs to local armed security and law enforcement, Shooters has you covered. We don't cover admin jobs, only armed/physical security and instructor positions." The people who operate this site are current and former contractors in this line of work who wanted to help others help find new opportunities as old contracts ended. For somewhat obvious reasons the folks behind this site want to maintain their anonymity, so if you wish to do business with them (yes, there is a fee for this site), I leave it to you to determine your own comfort in doing so. I have been in contact with the people who operate this site so I am comfortable listing it. I figure most of you who are in this business either know each other or know of each other. And if you think "this is cool, I'll sign up", let me just say that if you don't already have a background in this work you should not be using this site.
- TAOnline.com, Transition Assistance Online
- ...terrific employment and career information resource for transitioning or retired personnel and their families. There is no charge for service members to submit their resumes to TA0nline or to search their wide variety of employment opportunities. TA0 provides information on second career strategies, starting one’s own business, continuing/distance education programs and relocation assistance. Moreover, information on veteran’s benefits, reserve matters and transition resources are provided. You might want to scan the list of all jobs by employer to get a good overview of what is offered. Many of these openings seem well geared for the specialties we see more in the military and less in the civilian market. Don't skip the calendar of Military Career Fairs, complete with description of what type of employment openings will be available and how to make sure you are on the list.
- ...a career search engine designed to focus on listings for veterans and transitioning military personnel. I'm not so sure about how well that particular criteria is represented, but it does seem to push the VA and similar jobs up to the top of the list. Of course, for those of you who would prefer to get away from defense, government contracting, and anything else associated with the military, you will find a lot of other opportunities listed here. VeteranJobs.net is a member of the JustJobs.com family of job search engines developed by LatPro, Inc. for the USA.
- ...operated by DirectEmployers Association, the folks behind JobCentral, comes this online job tool just for retired or transitioning military personnel. They utilize the Military Occupational Classification (MOC) Crosswalk to help match your skills and experience to opportunities in the civilian workforce. Yes, you can opt to search by service branch and that specific MOC, but I will also suggest you take the keyword(s) of your specialty and use them to search all service branches for even more options. ("Missile" brought up all kinds of service specialties and lead to numerous interesting jobs.) While there are a lot of DOD contractors in here, you will also find many other opportunities in areas that do not touch anything to do with defense. Select a job to be taken to the original listing on the employer's website for information and to submit an application.
- ...a career sites for separating military members, their spouses and dependents. Owned and operated by U.S. military veterans and The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Search for jobs, post your resume (limited to those who have served with a military organization of the United States and served on Active Duty, with a Reserve component or with the National Guard, AND who have a valid email address), or review their extensive lists of veteran organizations and resources.
- Veterans Enterprise
- ..."dedicated to providing employment, education and advacement opportunities for America's noble servicemen and women who have returned home looking for work. Every advertisement seen on this site is from a company dedicated to recruiting highly trained veterans and tapping into their ingrained discipline, versatility, leadership and expertise. We at the Veterans Enterprise also recognize these skills and serve to promote their inclusion into the workforce alongside other diversities." One of the family of diverse publications from EqualityMagazines.com.
- Veterans Transition Services, Inc.
- Based in California, VTS is an industry partner, under contract, with the Department of Veterans Affairs. They offer free career evaluation, career counseling, job search resources, resume writing, interviewing/salary negotiation training, and small business start-up services to separating and retiring military personnel. Veterans are eligible for our services from two years before their date of separation through one year after their date of separation. "By referral from the VA, we also work with disabled veterans, assisting the VA with vocational evaluation, academic advising, vocational rehabilitation plan development, case management, to job placement." All veterans services must be approved by the VA and are by appointment only, but they have the information and application form you need right on the site. They currently offer services in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, and are hoping to be awarded contracts for Nevada and Arizona, so check the site for locations and updates.
Federal Legislative Alert for Active Duty Military Personnel
On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed into law the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2647). The new law includes an expansion of the recently-enacted exigency and caregiver leave provisions for military families under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA).
The many recruiting and job sources listed above will help you connect with veterans and separating military personnel and their families, but these resources will help you with hiring and accomodation issues you may experience.
- Hire Military
- ...a blog dedicated to assisting hiring managers and HR recruiters with sourcing from the perpetual military talent pool and retaining those employees after onboarding. It is authored by various participants, but it is a good source of information on how to connect with this particular audience. The site is supported by Bradley-Morris Inc., a contingency recruiting service specializing in solving employers’ hiring needs with top-ranked military job seekers.
- "The President's National Hire Veterans Committee, which was created by the Jobs for Veterans Act (Public Law 107-288), has designed this website to help employers find qualified veterans, and to help veterans make the best use of a national network of employment resources." This site links to several existing, extremely helpful resources and services available to veterans who need assistance in finding new employment now that they have transitioned out of the military and to employers who are willing and able to hire these men and women.
- The Value of a Veteran
- You all say you want to hire veterans, but how exactly are you going to go about it? Post and pray? There are new tax benefits available to employers who hire these men and women, so you need to know the best way to attract this well-trained, highly qualified, and extremely dedicated group of candidates. That is where Lisa Rosser comes in. She combines her military experience with her corporate HR experience to help you locate, attract, hire, and develop a truly amazing workforce.
In the book Job Search: Marketing Your Military Experience, David G. Henderson provides a set of Computation of Salary Requirements for four categories of separating/retiring service members that allow you to use your current Leave and Earning Statements to help you calculate a similar salary level in the civilian world. You can learn more about this book in our section on Job Search Advice, above.
Military Pay Rates / Civilian Equivalencies
- Defense Finance and Accounting Service
- Need to double-check your pay rate due to a status change? Want to compare your current pay rate to past rates? Need to check on the taxable status of your Veterans Affairs (VA) Compensated Work Therapy? This the place to go. Civilian DOD employees will also find much of their need-to-know pay and benefits info here. This is also where you will find information on Military Employment Verification.
- Military to Civilian Pay Calculator, GiJobs.com
- Not a salary calculator but a cost-of-living calculator you can use to figure out what you need to earn as a civilian to match your current compensation (pay plus benefits) as a member of the Armed Forces. No, this does not tell you that someone will actually pay you this much. Use tools like the Salary Info from CareerOneStop for actual salary data, but remember that everything is negotiable -- salary, health benefits, vacation, retirement funding, etc. -- when it comes to total compensation in the private sector.
- Military Rank Equivalency (General Schedule), Wikipedia
- "Although GS civilians do not have military rank by virtue of their GS position, regulations include civilian and military grade equivalencies for pay and protocol comparison purposes. [...] Grade equivalencies were created by the U.S. Department of Defense for the purpose of treating civilians serving alongside the Armed Forces who have been captured as prisoners of war according to the Geneva Convention." This chart also includes the Foreign Service equivalencies of the State Department.
- Military Rank Equivalency: Comparison of Military and Civilian Equivalent Grades [PDF]
- A much more detailed chart which also includes listings for the Federal Wage System, the uniform system covering the traditional blue-collar employees of the Federal government (trade, craft, and labor employees). This chart is courtesy of Marine Corps Community Services Okinawa.
- Civilian / Military Equivalency Rate, US Dept. of Defense [PDF]
- The official DoD Financial Management Regulation, issued January 2011
Tax Info / Money Matters
- "We are a dedicated organization seeking to make the lives of current and former military professionals and their families better and more fruitful. We do this by providing relevant information to military families about managing and saving money, career growth, and lifestyle." They have some excellent advice on Insurance needs (home, auto, health, life), getting the most from the GI Bill and other education opportunities available to current active duty members, and much more, all of which is designed to help you make the best military financial choices, build wealth and save money while serving our country.
- No, the US Armed Forces are not the best paying gigs in the world (benefits are pretty darn good), but they are some of the most important. Unfortunately, many military personnel face problems managing their money and incur huge debts which affect their personal lives as well as their security status. The Military Saves program, part of America Saves and the Department of Defense Financial Readiness Campaign, is designed to help service and family members, retirees, veterans, civil servants, contractors, NAF employees, and friends build wealth, not debt. It is a free and confidential service, and one I highly recommend to all veterans and their families.
- Tax Information for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces (irs.gov)
- "The tax laws provide some special benefits for active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in combat zones. For federal tax purposes, the U.S. Armed Forces includes officers and enlisted personnel in all regular and reserve units controlled by the Secretaries of Defense, the Army, Navy and Air Force. The Coast Guard is also included, but not the U.S. Merchant Marine or the American Red Cross. However, these and other support personnel may qualify for certain tax deadline extensions because of their service in a combat zone."
Verification of Military Employment / Obtaining Service Records
- Verification of Military Employment, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service
- Organizations who need to verify the current or former employment of members of the U.S. Armed Forces will find the information they need here. This page includes guides on how to read the Military Leave and Earnings Statements for each branch of the military along with a link to the website where you can access that information. A service of the DFAs, above. If you get a notice about the website security certificate, just click past it.
- Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) documents (DD Form 2586) from the Defense Manpower Data Center
- Individuals with military service on or after 10/1/90 in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Air Force may log in to view their own information. The server-side security certificate has expired, so you have to click past that. (This link was provided at the request of a career counselor working for the U.S. Army who said it would simplify things for separating personnel.)
- Military Service Records (nrd.gov)
- A list of links to the information on where and how to obtain military service records (including the Coast Guard). This list includes information for the general public, survivors who need to obtain records for the purpose of applying for benefits, how to apply for corrections to records, the DD form 214, and much more. A service of National Resource Directory (NRD) is a Web site for wounded, ill and injured Service Members, Veterans, their families, and those who support them.
We have more information on Budgeting & Financial Planning.
- GI Bill Website
- "The Home For All Educational Benefits Provided By The Department Of Veterans Affairs." This site, now operated by the Dept of Veterans Affairs, centralizes all of the information on this terrific benefit, including application instructions and where to find counseling/support.
- Army COOL (Credentialing Opportunities Online)
- Navy COOL (Credentialing Opportunities Online)
- Army and Navy personnel can use COOL to
- Find civilian credentials related to your military occupational specialty (MOS)
- Understand what it takes to obtain the credentials
- See if there are available programs that will help pay credentialing fees
- The GI Bill: 2008 GI Bill Update (military.com)
- Many post-9/11 veterans and servicemembers are eligible for a new comprehensive education benefits package that goes well beyond helping to pay for tuition. Many veterans who served after Sept. 11, 2001, will get full tuition and fees, a new monthly housing stipend, and a $1,000 a year stipend for books and supplies. The new bill also gives Reserve and Guard members who have been activated for more than 90 days since 9/11 access to the same GI Bill benefits. This article includes helpful info on the new benefits and links to documents necessary to claim the funding.
- Commercial site not affiliated with the government that offers information on the GI Bill and links to you to a list of schools where you might take classes towards a degree, both online and on-campus. The schools have paid to be listed, but there are some well known colleges alongside the for-profit career schools. You may find some of your questions on the old vs the new GIBill answered here. This site is operated by QuinStreet.com.
- Certify Your Future, Pearson VUE
- ...a resource where military personnel and their families can find information on certification and military-specific benefits for which they may be eligible. The site currently covers the benefits of pursuing certification, testimonials, information about military-specific reimbursement programs and direct links to register for exams. They also point you to on-base testing facilities so you can access and complete the certification process as quickly as possible. Certification exams currently cover Academic/Admissions (a few programs are represented); Employment, Human Resources & Safety; Financial Services; Health & Medicine; and Information Technology. This resource is the one part of a year-long campaign focused on raising awareness of certification and benefits available to military personnel and their families. Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is a global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world.
- Creating IT Futures Foundation
- This program "provides people with the funding and the training to enter the information technology industry. We fund training and scholarships for students, veterans, individuals with disabilities and others in need." CompTIA works with employers to determine what emerging skills are necessary to work on the latest technologies, and creates certification and non-certification training programs designed to fill these needs. The form is online, and it is easy to complete. Not everyone who applies for the program will be accepted as participation is based on eligibility and available opportunities in your region, but you cannot be selected if you never apply.
- Environmental Solutions Association: Training Opportunities for Veterans and Military Personnel/Family
- Information on training for a career in Indoor Air Quality inspection, testing, and remediation in a program approved for funding under the G.I. Bill. "Environmental Solutions Association (ESA) is the nation's premier, membership-based training organization formed exclusively to provide industry professionals with the training and education necessary to confront today's Indoor Air Quality issues. ESA is a major provider of educational courses, both classroom and distance learning, for the IAQ issues of Radon, Mold, VOC's, Allergens and Bacteria. Our courses are recognized to be the most up-to-date in the IAQ industry." You can review the courses offered, including syllabus and your intended market once you have been certified. According to BLS, this is a growing job field and an expanding industry.
Tax Information || Employment Rights & Assistance || Financial Rights and Assistance
If you are a reservist now called to active duty, there are things you need to know about your rights to reclaim your job when you return plus financial assistance rights. Active military personnel who are reassigned have various financial rights available to alleviate the costs of moving your household.
- Tax Information for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces (IRS Newsroom)
- "The tax laws provide some special benefits for active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in combat zones." This press release links you to relevant information and IRS resources for active service members (particularly those service in combat zones) and their families, including the Military Family Tax Relief Act President Bush signed into law November 11, 2003.
- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Information
- The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Advisor helps Veterans understand employee eligibility and job entitlements, employer obligations, benefits and remedies under the Act. USERRA is intended to minimize the disadvantages to an individual that occur when that person needs to be absent from his or her civilian employment to serve in this country's uniformed services. USERRA provides employees with Department of Labor assistance in processing claims. USERRA potentially covers every individual in the country who serves in or has served in the uniformed services, and applies to all employers in the public and private sectors, including Federal employers. The law seeks to ensure that those who serve their country can retain their civilian employment and benefits, and can seek employment free from discrimination because of their service. This information is provided by the Veterans' Employment & Training Service of the US Department of Labor.
You can also review The Guide to Reserve Family Member Benefits from the Reserve Affairs website (under Family Readiness). Please note this is a PDF document and will require access to the free Adobe Reader for viewing and printing.
- Reserve Officers Association
- The Professional Military Association representing the officers of the seven U.S. Uniformed Services. Right on their front you'll see information on Operation Enduring Freedom for both Reservists / Guard and their employers.
- National Committee of Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve
- The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is an agency within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. It was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.
The following articles and documents outline the financial protections provided for by the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act (SSCRA) and to invoke these benefits if you are reassigned or called to active duty from the reserves.