12 online resources for job-seeking vets
1) GI Jobs
GI Jobs is full of great online tools for veterans. It features hotlists for veteran career and education opportunities, a pay calculator that will help you figure out what salary you’ll need in your civilian job to equal your military pay, and a job board that lets you search by your location and military specialty.
Interested in a federal career after your service? Use this website to find resources and information to help you on your way. This site isn’t just for veterans; it offers opportunities for servicemembers still in transition and family members of active duty military and veterans.
A division of the US Department of Veteran affairs, the Veteran Employment Center helps you translate your military occupational codes into civilian skill equivalents and learn about related civilian career paths. It houses a military job translator – a tool that can help you find career options that best utilize your training, experience and capabilities. Create an online profile so that employers can find you, and construct a downloadable resume for you to use offline.
Publishing your info on the VEC website instantly connects you to thousands of employers looking to hire veterans, transitioning servicemembers and family members. Browse the Veteran Job Bank of over 1.5 million careers – including positions highlighted especially for veterans. The site notes employers that have a strong history of hiring veterans, so you can be sure to apply to companies that will value you.
LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for a myriad of reasons. Most notably, it allows you to appear in search results when potential employers are seeking out people with your skillset. LinkedIn also provides a free 1-year Job Seeker Premium subscription ($360) and courses at LinkedIn Learning to all U.S. Veterans and servicemembers! Refine your design, photography or web skills – or simply learn something new.
Hire Heroes is responsible for 60 hired veterans every week. Services are provided at no cost to the transitioning military member, veteran or spouse. Hire Heroes provides workshops, career coaching and employment counseling.
Veterans are individually partnered with a Veteran Transition Specialist who works with them to create a tailored civilian resume by translating their experience into civilian terminology. Learn effective job search strategies and networking and interviewing techniques. Check out a Hire Heroes workshop near you.
This is the place to go once you have your resume in order. Hire Veterans connects servicemembers with employers directly via the website. It offers employers seamless access to your resume, while affording you relevant jobs in the USA and abroad.
Military.com, is the largest military and veteran membership organization with 10 million members. Come here to search job listings, learn about military-friendly employers, get help building your resume, and check out their resources and career advice.
8) Vet Jobs
Vet Jobs is one of the leading military-related job boards on the internet. This company assists employers in seeking out and identifying transitioning military and veteran candidates. In 2000, The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States sponsored and purchased ten percent of the company.
The site reads, “The VetJobs vision is to meet the shortage of qualified candidates in the civilian sector with highly trained veterans who can offer employers technical skills, management expertise and most importantly, leadership.”
Fastport is a veteran-focused site that houses dozens of logistics job listings. Fastport’s Job Maps highlights jobs that best match your experience, and those located in your hometown. As you review search results, you can pick favorites – the more you pick, the better the system will be able to curate your search. Curious about the pros and cons of a job opportunity? Read reviews from past and current employees and see for yourself.
10) Military Hire
A military hiring network, militaryhire.com is a powerful resource to connect you with veteran-friendly employers. After posting your resume on the site, you can narrow down your search terms so that you only see jobs you’d be interested in. Furthermore, you can set up an automated search that will notify you when a job that fits your criteria has been posted.
11) Hire Purpose
Developed in 2011 by a group of veterans, Hire Purpose addresses the various gaps that exist in the process of transitioning from military service to civilian career. The site features resume help, interview tips and relevant career ideas. Hire Purpose even follows up with employers on your behalf!
12) Rally Point
Rally Point’s goal is to help servicemembers lead more successful and fulfilling lives. The community of 2 million provides a platform to build out your professional network and connect with your peers. Founded by military veterans at Harvard Business School, Rally Point is a prestigious military network and veteran support tool. You can create a profile that highlights your military career and get involved in conversations in the community.