4 veteran-friendly job websites
Searching online listings is a daily task for many American job hunters. But for some veterans, especially those returning to the civilian job market for the first time in years, navigating job sites can be overwhelming.
Instead of looking at websites geared toward the general population, consider visiting military-specific job boards, advises Cathy McGinnis, a career coach at Phoenix Career Services. At a military job site, she explains, “you’re going to find more support and resources to help you get back into the workforce than you might on a more traditional site.”
Here are four military job websites dedicated to veterans:
Use for: Corporate and state government job listings
This site links to several websites with job boards. McGinnis recommends that, besides making sure you search them all, you review the five-step job-hunting approach suggested, and in-depth resources available, on this U.S. Department of Defense site.
Extra tip: The site also focuses on support for veterans who are disabled, and offers a printable guide for wounded, ill or injured vets. In addition, it directs readers to REALifelines, a U.S. Department of Labor service, for further job assistance.
Use for: Large and small business job listings
It’s not always easy to translate military experience into everyday resumé language. McGinnis says the military skills translator on this site, which was founded by former military personnel and designed for veterans, removes that guesswork. Veterans just need to type in a military job title or code, and the site generates the occupations and job openings that match.
Extra tip: “Military skills translators are great to help you know what career fields exist in the civilian world, but they also help narrow down what jobs you may not necessarily want to do,” emphasizes J.A. Perkins, a career coach at Phoenix Career Services. If you start doing searches and aren’t happy with the results, she suggests taking that information to a career advisor to help define your goals.
Use for: U.S. and international job listings
The site is sponsored by the nonprofit Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and posts the largest number of job listings of all military boards. “Some of the employers specifically state in their posts that they want someone with military experience,” says Perkins, who is also a regional director for the Air National Guard Psychological Health Program.
Extra tip: VetJobs directs veterans to local veteran-specific career fairs, which Perkins says are not widely advertised.
Use for: A broad range of listings
In addition to listings, this privately owned website is full of ideas and suggestions, including networking advice, Perkins says.
Extra tip: The site provides links for the top 100 military-friendly employers, which are companies that value a military-bred work ethic, McGinnis notes, and may have human resource departments that are in tune with military policies, including disability matters.