We believe that those who stood first in line to defend our country should be first in line to reap the benefits of freedom: a fair chance for a good education, a good job, and a good life.
Veterans receive first priority referral to all job and training opportunities in which they qualify. Staff specialists at local One-Stop Career Centers help veterans find suitable jobs and opportunities. At One-Stop Career Centers veterans can also:
- enroll in free job search workshops.
- find help developing a resume.
- learn about career training programs.
- get help understanding the array of benefits available through the Veterans Administration and state and local government agencies.
Applying for government positions
If you are looking for a job in local, state, or federal government, you may be entitled to "veterans preference" if you meet certain criteria. To learn more about veterans preference, talk to one of the staff specialists at your nearest One-Stop Career Center.
Resources for veterans
Enter basic information about your military branch and job to see civilian career options that tap your service experience and skills. Also:
- learn how to create a resume that highlights the value of your military experience to civilian employers, and
- learn how to advance your job search with the O*NET Interest Profiler, an online tool that connects your interests with the world of work. If you didn't receive an interest assessment as part of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), the O*NET Interest Profiler gives you comparable information.
If you are unemployed and served after 9/11, the Gold Card offers intensive services to increase your chances of success in today's job market. Visit the Gold Card website for more information and to print out a card. Present your Gold Card at your local One-Stop Career Center.
GI Bill: On-the-Job Apprenticeship Training
In this Veterans Affairs program, veterans and their dependents can learn a trade by participating in apprenticeship or on-the-job training.
National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory specializes in helping wounded veterans make the transition to civilian life. In the Employment Center area, you'll find a job search engine for veterans that streamlines your job search by offering job postings from military-friendly employers worldwide. The job search engine searches by keyword, military occupation code, and location, and gives tips on how to highlight your military experience.
Veterans Opportunity to Work
Prepare for your next mission by accessing services you may have earned through the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) initiative and other VA training and career assistance programs. VOW offers guidance, training and counseling assistance that promotes success after service.
Other resources available to veterans include: