If you’re looking for a job, wanting a career change or hoping to start your own business, here’s some good news: the Department of Labor has created a one-stop shop for veterans or Service members seeking a new path forward.
The website – www.veterans.gov — is designed to be first stop for employment resource for veterans and Service members. The site offers access to government-wide training and local job resources, as well as information for employers seeking to hire veterans.
Veterans.gov includes tools and information from a number of federal agencies to help veterans and Service members. These include:
A skills translator: The Military to Civilian Occupation Translator helps service members match military skills and experience to civilian careers.
A resume builder: Here you can create a public profile so employers who want to hire veterans can find you on the Veterans Employment Center. Simply enter your information in the fields provided, or use the Auto-fill from the LinkedIn button.
An interest profiler: The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you determine your interests and how they relate to different careers. You can find out what jobs you might like.
A link to the Veterans Employment Center: The Veterans Employment Center connects veterans and their families with excellent employment and career development opportunities.
Access to one-on-one help: Your local American Job Center can help you find employment, with job search workshops, free computer access, and more. There are nearly 2,500 American Job Centers – conveniently located in communities nationwide – ready to help you search for jobs, find training, and answer your employment-related questions.
On veterans.gov, you can also:
Explore careers: You can search careers with key words (examples: doctor, build houses), or browse careers by industry or those sponsored by Federal agencies such as in agriculture, energy, transportation or the Federal government. There are more than 900 career options for you to explore. You can also find careers like your military job: Just enter the name or code of your military classification, and the site will suggest civilian careers with similar work.
Find training: Here you can find job training in your community. You can also find links to various types of training, including high school equivalency, Adult Basic Education, short-term training, certifications, apprenticeships, internships, and professional development. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions, such as: “How do I get started finding the right training?,” “How do I know what employers are looking for?,” and “Can I get help paying for training?”
Learn how to start and grow your own business: With SBA district offices and resources partners around the nation, The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a number of resources available to empower Service member, veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs. These resources include business counseling, training and mentorship, access to capital, contracting opportunities and transition assistance. Here you’ll find information about “Writing a Business Plan,” “Registering a Business,” “Preparing Business Taxes,” “Hiring Employees,” “Marketing a Business,” “Estimating Startup Costs,” “Preparing for Financing,” “Finding a Business Mentor,” and “Local Assistance”.
you’re an employer looking to hire veterans or Service members, veterans.gov has a lot of great resources as well. Here you can:
- Get one-on-one help: Connect with a Veteran Employment Representative in your state to help you hire veterans.
- Post your job openings: Post position descriptions and openings in the Veterans Job Bank /National Labor Exchange database;
- Make a public commitment: Here you can make a commitment to hire veterans on the Veterans Employment Center (VEC) portal.
There’s a lot more to explore at www.veterans.gov. It’s a great place to start on your path forward.