Here’s a basic checklist of some important resources you should consult in transitioning to the civilian jobmarket. Of course there are many other programs and resources available – this is just a starting point.
- Are you familiar with which civilian occupations will utilize your military experience? If not visit the Military to Civilian Career Translator to learn how to translate your skills to civilian-speak.
- Are you interested in going back to school for a degree, or for technical or apprenticeship training? You need to familiarize yourself with the Post-911-GI-Bill. You can calculate your potential benefits here. (Note: We have a blog post on the subject of construction industry apprenticehips.)
- Are you a disabled vet? Check out the Voc-Rehab program.
- Need to talk to someone knowledgeable about careers in your field? Take a look at the superb eMentor Program, which provides opportunities to meet and work with experienced vets and vet-friendly employers. The eMentor Program is open to all vets and vet spouses.Another similar program, also excellent, is American Corporate Partners.
- Need an intro to civilian job-search skills? You’ve no doubt heard of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and the Disabled Transition Assistance Program (DTAP). Currently the Marine Corps is the only service branch that requires TAP briefings, and overall only about 2/3 of all separating active-duty service members attend TAP employment seminars. Yet the program has been shown to be very effective in assisting vets in finding civilian employment. To encourage greater participation, the DOD has launched TurboTAP.org.
- Are you familiar with the Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS)? This is a major Department of Labor resource you should make use of. It offers a Job Bank, transition services, state by state American Job Centers, (One-Stop Career Centers) and much, much more. The VETS program provides grants to state and local agencies to offer services, such as training, licensing and certification, as well as one-on-one employment counseling.
- Interested in Federal government employment? Click here for our blog post on this. A good tutorial on how to apply is here. And the Feds offer a comprehensive website here.
Other Vet Programs
Other vet jobs programs you should become familiarized with at the outset of your job- search efforts include:
FedsHireVets – Portal for info on Federal government opportunities for vets.
Job-searching in the corporate jobmarket –. Whatever your field or occupation, we’ve provided a suggested step-by-step jobhunting plan on our home page to help you cover all the bases in researching the corporate jobmarket.