Whether you’ve been retired for years or have just finished your service, rejoining the workforce can be tough. You should have access to adequate guidance and support. There are actually a lot of places you can turn to for assistance in your transition from service to career if you know where to look. This guide recommends pages only from trusted organizations and will connect you to all kinds of information, advice, tools, and programs that offer real-world help.
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Transition and Training Resources
Explore the links in this section to find resources for vets who want to find or regain their place in the workforce. Get help with writing your resume, learn how to impress hiring managers, and browse job listings. There are also free assessments and workshops, as well as great tips on using your military experience as an advantage in the job market.
FedsHireVets.com — This site connects hiring managers with veterans who are looking for federal employment. There are job listings, success stories, tips for applicants, and more.
Veteran Re-Employment Page — This page from CareerOneStop.org is full of information and tools to help you get into school and find employment. You can also find out about benefits and programs for which you may qualify.
VA for Vets — VA for Vets works to help veterans and transitioning military service personnel find employment within the federal and non-profit sectors. The site has lots of helpful tools like career assessments, resume-building help, and tips on how to translate your military skills to marketable job qualifications.
My Next Move — My Next Move is a fantastic place to go if you're a veteran seeking employment. You can search by industry, keyword, or look for opportunities that most closely match the job you held in the military.
Career Resources for Injured Veterans
Wounded veterans face a special set of challenges when it comes to reintegrating into the workforce. It can be frustrating just to navigate the various agencies involved in getting your benefits, and finding a job can seem daunting. These pages can help you navigate your new normal and get yourself back to work with training, advocacy, and job listings.
Voc Rehab — Voc Rehab, or Vocational Rehab, is a program that serves to help combat or service-wounded veterans re-enter the workforce. Services include help with resumes and interviews, training, job placement, and more. Use this page to learn about the program and whether you might qualify for its benefits.
Warriors to Work — This program, part of The Wounded Warrior Project, helps get vets back into the workforce by providing resources for both job-seekers and employers. This is a good place to become more educated about the specific needs of mentally and physically injured veterans.
Understanding Your Rights — If you have become disabled due to a combat injury, make sure to look at this guide to understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it pertains to employment. It's important to know what rights you have, what laws are in place to protect them, and where to turn if your rights have been violated.
Hiring Our Heroes — Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative from the US Chamber of Commerce. On their site you'll find links, articles, and tools to help you find employment after the military. There's also a list of upcoming job fairs and other events.
Education for Veterans
More and more people are choosing to pursue higher education after finishing their military service. It's imperative to understand what kinds of benefits are available for you to ease the financial burden of going to school. These links will take you to information about grants, scholarships, and federal programs. You'll also find out which schools are most veteran-friendly and find transitional support for new and returning students of all ages.
Student Veterans of America — The SVA exists to aid the millions of veterans who return to school in making a smooth transition into college life. With chapters on campuses across America, they provide helpful (and free) services to military and ex-military students.
G.I. Bill Information — This VA-run page explores the ins and outs of the GI Bill. You can find schools, learn about scholarships, and submit an application. Find out about the benefits and limitations of the post-9/11 GI Bill, as well as related programs like the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Military Grants and Scholarships — Explore this page from the Federal Student Aid Office (part of the Department of Education) to find information about financial aid programs available exclusively to current and former military and their families.
Veterans Grants and Scholarships — Check this page for a long list of grants, scholarships, and college aid programs that you may qualify for as a veteran. There are specialized grants, like one just for female vets and another for veterans who are language specialists.
Best Colleges for Veterans — US News publishes an annual report ranking the best schools for service members and veterans. The rankings are determined using several factors (which you can check out on the site).
More Excellent Veteran Career Resources
Keep reading to find more great sites for veterans returning to work. The groups that run them are dedicated to getting our nation's heroes back to work by providing education, training, and certification programs at little or no cost. Many also offer job placement or networking opportunities to get you back out there as soon as possible.
Elevate America's Veterans — As part of its commitment to corporate citizenship, Microsoft has created low and no-cost programs to aid veterans. Available resources include help with transition, training programs, and job placement assistance.
Helmets to Hardhats — This great program helps veterans transition back into the working world by providing training and connections to jobs in the trades.
Veteran Recruiting — Register (it's free) and you can access a wealth of information and resources for active-duty service members, veterans, reservists, and military spouses. Find employment opportunities and even participate in virtual job fairs where you can chat with recruiters around the globe.
Return to Work Toolkit — This page from the Department of Labor contains several helpful links for veterans seeking employment. Find career placement programs, resource directories, and transition advising.