Helping Veterans Find Jobs: Tips for Rejoining Labor Market

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Many government agencies, small businesses, nonprofit organizations and corporations offer programs aimed at helping veterans find jobs once they return to civilian life. The shared goal is to pair the qualified men and women who have served in our military with rewarding private sector, government or law enforcement careers.

Former service members bring a wide array of skills to the civilian workforce based on their military education and experience as well as their work histories prior to active duty. In the military, many thrived in combative situations, mastered sophisticated technologies and became experts in their own right in law, accounting and finance, administration, IT, communications and marketing. They also developed soft skills critical to most civilian disciplines — such as leadership, cooperation, discipline, adaptability and critical thinking. Here are a few of the agencies helping veterans find jobs in the civilian labor market.

Veterans Administration (VA)

A good starting point for any vet is the VA itself. Through its Make the Connection website, returning veterans can find resources to help make the transition to civilian life. In addition, the site includes video interviews of veterans who share their experiences with civilian life. The VA also offers other websites for helping veterans find jobs.

Feds Hire Vets

Feds Hire Vets, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s veterans employment website, allows men and women who have served our country in the military to customize their profiles with their experience and training so they receive job postings paired with their skills. The mission of the website is: helping veterans find jobs in the federal government.

Hire Heroes USA

Hire Heroes USA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans find jobs. This group runs Warrior Transition Workshops for veterans and their spouses. Workshops take place throughout the year at major military bases, and additional workshops are held in conjunction with local Chambers of Commerce. Particularly helpful is its network of warrior-volunteers, which participants may tap for assistance in securing interviews and jobs. Hire Heroes USA specialists offer former soldiers personalized career coaching, including self-marketing and resume guidance in their effort to transition to civilian careers.

Recruiting firms and other employers

Many companies have programs specifically designed to encourage veterans to apply for job opportunities with their organizations. We Hire Heroes is a veteran-run organization that operates local job boards in major cities. We Hire Heroes offers career coaching, employment workshops, tools and resources for veterans, and employers who want to hire former military members. Its job board lists numerous postings from Robert Half, including jobs at client companies, as well as at Robert Half itself.

A role as a Robert Half recruiter, for example, gives veterans a chance to help other veterans find jobs.

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Operation IMPACT Network of Champions

Northrop Grumman's Operation IMPACT Network of Champions is a group of companies and nonprofits dedicated to helping injured veterans (or their surrogates) find jobs and transition from the military to a civilian career. Northrop Grumman's Network of Champions features a broad range of job opportunities available to returning veterans and also helps participating companies in finding talented former military professionals to fill key job openings.

Robert Half is helping veterans find jobs

Our resource-rich website features job-search tools geared specifically toward veterans and the talents they bring to the civilian workplace. Candidates can enter a variety of military position titles and be matched to job openings that require similar skills. Those opportunities are within Robert Half itself or with Robert Half’s clients who represent the accounting and finance, technology, administrative, legal and creative and marketing fields. In addition to job listings, the Robert Half site includes a wide range of other resources for helping veterans find jobs. These include tips for making your application stand out and potential private sector employers.

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