Last month, the White House launched an initiative, “Joining Forces,” to support and honor America’s service members and their families. Employment is one of the key components to this initiative, which is supported by organizations ranging from Sesame Street to the Siemens Corporation. Joining Forces will focus on both job availability for soldiers transitioning from active duty as well as help for spouses who are looking for new jobs because of transfers.
If you are a veteran or know someone who is, here are six targeted employment sites that can assist with a job search.
Military.com offers a careers section with the “largest veteran job board in the world.” Individuals can search for jobs, create and post resumes, network with other veterans and find nearby career fairs. There’s a list of military friendly employers, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Allstate, Walmart and Boeing.
There’s also a section dedicated to transition resources, including information about education benefits and relocation, in addition to stories from military personnel who have already made the transition from active duty.
The employment section features popular career choices for veterans, including jobs for individuals with security clearance. And the site has an extensive military spouse career center.
VetJobs has been in existence since 1999, and it’s considered one of the leading job boards for veterans, having reached more than 10 million individuals. The site is sponsored exclusively by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
Registration is free, and individuals can post resumes and search for job openings on the site. VetJobs includes a listing of upcoming military career fairs and also offers a spouse portal. The resources page includes additional listings for state-specific job boards and provides common interview questions. It also contains information about how veterans can start their own businesses, whether on their own or via franchising.
VetJobs publishes three monthly newsletters –- one for veterans, another for employers and a third for recruitment advertising agencies.
America’s Veteran is the official website of the U.S. Government, operated by the Office of Personnel Management to help vets find jobs in the federal government. Individuals can search for jobs as a veteran, transitioning service member or family member. There’s a page called “Vet to Vet” where veterans share their stories and there’s also a Facebook Page.
One unique feature of this site is the listing of Veteran Employment Program Offices, which provides contact names, emails and phone numbers. The site encourages veterans to contact these individuals for information about employment opportunities.
4. G.I. Jobs
The G.I. Jobs site provides a lot of career advice, including tips on how to find a job in the civilian workforce, a military-to-civilian pay calculator, what to put on your resume, what to wear to an interview and more. There is also a newsletter, in addition to Facebook and Twitter pages.
One section of this site features interviews about hiring military personnel with recruiters from companies like DHL Express, so job seekers can read — directly from the source — about the advantages and disadvantages of hiring veterans.
Individuals can search for job openings by industry — a search under “internet services” yielded these positions (above) at Intuit. The listings also offer a direct link to the company’s recruitment website.
National Veterans Foundation serves the crisis management, information and referral needs of U.S. veterans and their families. The informational resources include: a blog, a legal resource center and an employment center with job listings.
There’s a dedicated section for new veterans along with a page called “First Steps,” which outlines some of the initial decisions a new veteran has to consider. The resource center page has a downloadable booklet to help veterans take the mystery out of dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The NVF operates the nation’s only toll-free helpline for all veterans and their families. There is also a live chat and an online request form.
MilitaryHire.com is a site developed and maintained by a team of military veterans and corporate hiring authorities. Its mission is to “serve those who served.” The site has been recognized by the employment research firm Weddle’s as being a top site for job seekers. Veterans can sign up for free to search their job database, apply for jobs online and post their resumes. They can also check out the homepage for a list of upcoming career fairs.
The career resources section includes articles about resume writing, interviewing, transitioning from active duty and a special section for young veterans. For example, you will find articles such as “How to Advance Your Job Search Without a Security Clearance.”
If you would like to stay connected to the Joining Forces initiative, you can check out its website, Facebook Page and Twitter feed. With U.S. Armed Forces day coming up on May 21, we can all thank veterans by helping them and their families transition into civilian life in a positive way.