The 5 Best Online Resources for Job-Seeking Veterans

Yesterday, we talked about a couple of stereotypes about veterans and how you as an employer can overcome them. Today, we’re serving up a list of resources for job-seeking veterans.

In past, we’ve covered great online resources, from resources for all job seekers, to resources specifically for older job seekers. Today, we thought we’d give another list, this time for veterans.

Here, in no particular order, is our list of the best online resources for job-seeking veterans:

The United States Department of Labor: Not surprisingly, the DOL is a great resource for veterans when it comes to seeking employment. The number of programs managed under the Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) is expansive, including some of the following:

  • Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides veterans with workshops that help them prepare for civilian life.
  • My Next Move for Veterans helps veterans match their military occupations with civilian occupations. By simply entering in their military occupation code, veterans can find out what civilian occupations they may be qualified for.
  • Other initiatives set forth by VETS include a Women’s Veteran Program, and regulations that require companies contracted by the federal government to meet an annual hiring goal for veterans.

Joining Forces: Launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, the Joining Forces initiative partners with the private sector to expand hiring and training services for armed service members returning from duty.

Feds Hire VetsThe result of President Obama’s Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government, Feds Hire Vets is an online resource that provides information specifically in regards to federal employment for veterans.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA): According to their mission statement, the IAVA is the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. The membership is free and includes a number of benefits and programs such as the Combat to Career initiative, which helps veterans seeking employment, providing resume workshops, free business suits, and job fairs.

Vet Success: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ Vet Success site not only provides resources for veterans, but for employers interested in hiring veterans as well.

The resources we’ve highlighted above are only a small number of organizations and programs meant to help veterans. While it may be difficult for a veteran to know where to begin, keeping in mind the many organizations who support and honor those who have served in the armed services is a great way to start the job search with a positive outlook.

Are there any resources that you’ve found particularly helpful? Or, do you have any questions about how to get started with the job-seeking process as a veteran? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you.