Posted by: andreazastrow | April 17, 2015

Making the Leap: Civilian Careers for Veterans

The job market can be tough for any of us; but our veterans face a different set of challenges than civilians. After returning from service, where military men and women have obtained valuable skill sets, many face the obstacle of limited civilian work experience. Despite having qualities that will enable these veterans to be great leaders in the work force, the unemployment rate for veterans remains too high. Many private sector positions do not recognize the ways in which military experience can carry into the civilian work force, but the number of resources continues to grow.

Thankfully, there are many companies that recognize the importance of military skill sets and have made efforts to give back to the men and women who have given so much for us. In addition, the network of veterans helping veterans produces new opportunities every day. The importance of employment for veterans is vital. Of course everyone wants to feel a part of the work force, everyone wants to make money; but for returning vets, routine is so important. One of the best ways alleviate the stress of transition from military to civilian life, is getting back to “normal”. By reducing stress levels, hopefully we can begin to see a reduction in the number of suicides among veterans and find positive ways to deal with PTSD.

Listed below are a few resources for veterans looking to begin a new career:

Military Connection:

Military Connection is an online directory full of additional resources for veterans and their families. They work to match veteran job seekers with an employer that understands the value of their skills and qualities. This organization will also help returning veterans find veteran friendly colleges, universities, and vocational colleges for anyone looking to get involved in a higher education program.


Veteran and Military Business owners Association seeks to ensure the development, growth and prosperity of Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners of all sizes worldwide”. VAMBOA is a great resource for job seeking veterans as it free to join, features potential business partners for companies looking to get involved, business coaching, loan information, and certification resources. The organization also features a newsletter and blog to keep its’ members well informed about new opportunities.

Get My Vet A Job:

The mission statement at Get My Vet A Job is simple: employment solutions. This organization seeks to assist veterans in streamlining the job search process. The website features branch specific job opportunities, live chat website assistance, career workshops, and job fairs for veterans, military spouses, and transitioning military.

(image featured from Career Bliss)




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