One of the most frequent requests we here at the VPAA receive from veterans is for employment opportunities in the civilian sector.
With the country re-opening in the wake of COVID-19, the jobs market for veterans appears very promising. Across the board from IT technicians to RNs and doctors to equipment specialists, many companies value the extraordinary work ethic and knowledge of our veterans and seek to make them part of the corporate backbone of our country.
Many of our below listed veteran hiring resources are also for transitioning service-members as well as active duty and veteran spouses and family. In no particular order but all in order, we provide you with the Hiring for America list of the best veteran hiring resources available today:
1) GI Jobs
GI Jobs has a lot of great online tools for vets. They have 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 they also have a job board that lets you search by location and your military specialty.
2) Feds Hire Vets
Interested in a federal career after your service? Use this website for finding resources and information to help you on your way. This site isn’t just for veterans; they also support service members still in transition, as well as family members of active duty military and Veterans.
3) Veteran Employment Center
A division of the US Department of Veteran Affairs, The Veteran Employment Center helps you to translate your military occupational codes into civilian skill equivalents for a powerful resume, and to help you learn about potential related civilian career paths. They offer tools like a military job translator – a tool that will help you to find career options that best utilize your training, experience and capabilities. They also help out with building a great resume – which can be a stressful endeavor. They will help you create an online profile so that employers can find you more easily, as well as helping you create a downloadable resume for you to use offline.
Publishing your profile on the VEC website instantly connects you to thousands of employers looking to hire Veterans, transitioning service members as well as family members. You can search the Veterans Job Bank of over 1.5 million jobs, in addition to all federal jobs – including status positions reserved especially for Veterans. Find out about employers that have a good history of hiring veterans, and get connected to other informational resources like their new DoD SkillBridge pilot program that promotes civilian job training for transitioning service members.
4) LinkedIn for Vets
LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for hearing about job openings, and helping you 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 and courses at Lynda.com to all U.S. Veterans and Service Members.
Lynda.com is a really valuable offering – they have courses in design, photography, web, 3D animation, business and more. This is a great offering that you should definitely take advantage of.
Please click here for a complete veteran jobs resources list.
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Veterans and Police Assistance Agency, (VPAA). We are a 501(c) nonprofit whose mission is to be a bridge to civilian and corporate resources for our veterans, service-members, and police for which there are no federally funded programs. We also guide veterans and law enforcement officers to valued government agencies such as the federal VA, state VA offices, DOD, DFAS, VSOs, and police departments when their needs can be best met there.
I would like to personally ask your help in continuing to spread awareness about the VPAA by passing on our contact information to veterans who may need our services as many of you have begun to do. Thank you. Remember, there is never a cost to veterans, service-members, police officers and their families for the VPAA's assistance. This is our "thank you" for their years of service to our communities and country.
We are also looking volunteers with military and police backgrounds, so keep that in mind in speaking with your veterans and LEOs. They can contact me, Lina Maini, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, keep an on eye on our site, myvpaa.org, as we continue to grow and establish a presence in all 50 states and US territories. Thank you!
VPAA PARTNERS AND RESOURCES
Banking Careers, Loans, Small Business Aid (for Veterans)
Bank of America
No Fee/No Minimum Balance and a free 3" x 5" safe deposit box (For Veterans and Active Duty)
Chase Premier Plus Checking
Business Incorporations (Discounted for Veterans)
Financial Planning/Structured Settlements (Free consult for Veterans and Police)
Product Defect Lawsuits (involving injured Veterans and Police Officers)
Asbestos.com - Veterans Division NEW
Law Offices of Lieff Cabraser
The Clancy Law Firm
Temporary Financial Assistance NEW
The American Legion
Please remember to mention the VPAA when contacting our resources. Thank you.