Search for employment opportunities and connect with companies that are looking to hire veterans!
Before you start, some things to keep in mind:
Build Your Resume
The goal of a resume is to effectively summarize and highlight your qualifications in a way that will make the employer want to reach out and schedule an interview with you. These tips will help you build a resume that will stand out.
- Collect your assets. Get a copy of your Verification of Military Experience and Training through the Department of Defense. The VMET document helps you prepare resumes and job applications quickly when you separate from service. Include essential components like contact information, job objective, summary of qualifications, employment history, education and training, and special skills.
- Tailor your resume for the job. Translate everything into civilian terms and include volunteer experience.
- Write a cover letter. Get the name of the person in charge of hiring, keep it to one page and always follow up.
- Tap into resume-building tools. Check out Veterans.gov and VA.gov.
Find the Right Civilian Career
Your military experience is valuable to many employers, but it’s up to you to get out there and sell it. Start with these tips:
- Get in touch with friends and fellow veterans. Organize your contacts and connections.
- Tap into the services of your transition assistance offices. Get referrals for employment agencies and recruiters, job leads and career counseling.
And besides our job board, take advantage of the many job fairs, of which many are virtual:
Hiring Our Heroes career events for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses.
DAV Job Fairs
American Legion Job Fairs
Recruit Military Job Fairs
- Look for 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. Check out organizations like Soldier for Life, Marine for Life, the Military Officers Association of American, Non-Commissioned Officers Association or Enlisted Association, and United Service Organizations. Also, see the HIRE Vets Medallion Award for a list of organizations committed to veteran hiring, retention and professional development.