Despite the apparent rampant availability of veteran jobs, military vets are having a difficult time acquiring them.
Oftentimes, employers are opposed to hiring candidates who served in the military. Some employers are concerned with how a veteran may acclimate to the civilian workforce. As well, some might have negative beliefs associated with veterans such as managing an employee with post-traumatic stress.
It is important to find companies that are willing to accept you as a veteran. Whether the services are administered through the government or community program, resources for veterans are widely available. The most accessible way to find a job is to search online. There are organizations willing to provide jobs for veterans and only veterans. Many websites dedicated to veterans but listed below are the most beneficial for job-seeking veterans.
This website caters exclusively to veterans, transitioning military and military spouses who are looking for work. VetJobs offers about 2.4 million jobs on their website and the services they offer are completely free. Veterans using this job assistance website also receive one-on-one assistance online. The employees who assist in providing veteran jobs are also veterans, so employees know first hand what their client is experiencing.
When you sign up for an account, this job assistance website will give you access to online live training courses. You can go through these courses at your own pace and choose them based on what you want to improve upon in your resume. VetJobs also has career advisors on staff to help veterans identify their skills and qualifications for resume building. Career advisors also help you with identifying your needs as a professional. The advisors do this through assessments in order to validate your skill sets, therefore preparing you for when recruiters and human resources professionals reach for your resume.
These career advisors also work one on one with veterans. They will contact their client within 36 to 48 hours of signing up to help a veteran get started. When jobs for veterans are available, they contact their client immediately.
If you do not have a professional online presence with LinkedIn, you will be prompted to create a profile with them. They will show you how you can market yourself as a professional using your resume and LinkedIn profile. The next step after self-marketing is networking, and your career advisor will show you how you do this as well. For instance, the advisors at VetJobs will help you develop goals for job searching and find creative ways to reach out to employers.
Veteran Affairs eBenefits
The Veterans Benefits Administration offers employment assistance services in addition to the plethora of other programs they provide. Vocational rehabilitation services are available for both service members and veterans. One of the primary methods of applying for these employment services is online on their e-benefits website. Their Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) assists veterans with service-related disabilities find careers as well as training.
Similar to VetJobs, they have staff that helps veterans determine their transferable skills and interest. The program is also divided into tracks that help veterans pursue their professional goals. When it comes to goals, the VR&E assists in developing an individualized written rehabilitation plan for the purpose of solidifying personal employment goals.
If you want to complete a paper application, then you must download the form online. You may fill it out on your computer or by hand, then proceed to mail it or turn it in to your local regional office. The form has all the information on the process for the program as an eligible applicant.
This job assistance website is mainly known for its resources for transitioning military personnel, but it also provides job listings. When veterans sign up for G.I. Jobs newsletter, they will provide their resources on weekly basis, but also job alerts for specific search criteria. Additionally, several companies sponsor the website in order to provide jobs to veterans and military spouses. The companies are listed on the website in alphabetical order. When you click to learn more about each company, you will find:
- Company information.
- Their reason for hiring veterans.
- Current open positions.
- Their job listings.
- Their locations
They also provide additional statistics related to the company’s current volume of military employees. Besides resources and veteran jobs, this job assistance website also gives a list of schools that are veteran-friendly. These schools also sponsor the website and also provides information on the college such as:
- School information.
- The reason they value veterans.
- Statistics based on the current veterans enrolled.
- What they offer to veterans and military spouses.
- Degrees and certifications.
G.I. Jobs lets you filter job results by location, keywords or military job title. You can also search a position by the industry you prefer. If you want to look for career opportunities outside of the United States, they also have job listings around the world as well.
Feds Hire Vets
This government-owned website is for veterans interested in working for the federal government. Much like the previously mentioned websites, there are several programs in place, one of them is known as the Veterans Employment Initiative. This initiative is to hire a vet into the federal government and assist him or her in implementing a plan for their employment goals.
If you would like to work as civil servant within the executive branch, it is important to note that positions are highly competitive and candidates are ranked depending on several factors. Some of these factors include the laws in place, how you were discharged and whether you pass your evaluation or not. If you are a disabled veteran interested in competitive service, you must be an eligible 30 percent or more veteran to qualify.
If you are not eligible in the competitive service at this time, you may obtain the Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA). This procedure allows for an eligible veteran to transition into the competitive federal service. You may also receive a veteran job through the VRA, however, this will not provide you with eligibility to transition to the competitive service.