5 websites where veterans can get career help
Searching for a job is often a time-consuming process, and it’s no different for many of the more than 250,000 active-duty troops discharged from the military each year. But for some veterans, figuring out where to seek advice for a civilian career can be daunting.
“Whether these transitioning servicemembers just spent two years or 22 years in the military, one of the most important things they can do as veterans is leverage technology" for career guidance and leads, says John Ramirez, a retired U.S. Army veteran and vice president of external military operations at the University of Phoenix Military Division.
Ramirez recommends five websites to help veterans boost their civilian career opportunities:
This U.S. Department of Defense one-stop shop provides numerous services, including civilian job leads from career professionals and other veterans, as well as legal and financial assistance, webinars and moving tips. Consultants are available by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the service is toll-free.
“It’s great because it connects veterans with a multitude of [employment and other] resources that they would have to hunt for otherwise,” Ramirez says. “It’s a very significant step.”
This nonprofit organization specifically “helps match [disabled] veterans’ employment goals with their skills, abilities and ambitions,” Ramirez says. Among groups that work with the organization are My Next Move for Veterans, the Veterans Job Bank via the National Resource Directory, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes™ program.
Here, veterans type in their field of interest, and up pops a list detailing who among the site’s million other veterans works in that field. Job seekers then can contact people individually to discuss employment opportunities that might be available. Veterans unsure about what field piques their interest can use the site’s military Skills Translator to learn about careers that might be a good fit.
The site requires membership signup. To participate, veterans must supply their rank and information about their most recent military service.
On this site, veterans can chat live online with experts who are up to speed on the hottest career trends and job opportunities, Ramirez says. These experts can also tell veterans how to promote their best attributes.
Veterans — regardless of branch — can tap into niche organizations for civilian job leads. This site, for example, helps connect veterans to its law enforcement affiliations if they’re interested in translating their military police service into civilian jobs as cops.
Ramirez also recommends that veterans reach out to online and local chapters of professional associations, such as Six Sigma Black Belt Professional® training. “Corporate-type members,” he explains, “can serve as great career mentors.”
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