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Job Seekers

Wherever you are in the transition process, the Veterans Employment Center provides career advice, resume-building assistance, and access to employers who are committed to hiring Veterans and military spouses.

You may not be completely ready to start looking for a job, but there are other ways you can prepare.

If you are ready to begin, take these steps:

  1. Discover your skills and interests

    Identify the type of work you enjoy with the Interest Profiler, then explore related career paths.

  2. Learn about job titles and qualifications

    Browse careers by industry and learn about jobs that are similar to your MOS using the Military Skills Translator.

  3. Build a resume
  4. Research employers in your area and network
    • Consider a job with the federal government.
    • Review job boards, search job banks, and research openings at companies that interest you.
    • Contact people you have worked with previously, family, and friends to let them know you are looking for a job. They might know of specific openings or might be able to introduce you to people at companies you’ve targeted.
  5. Search online job banks
  6. Go to a career fair

    Learn about the career fairs available for Veterans, Servicemembers, and family members.

Consider furthering your education

  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill gives Veterans with active-duty service on or after September 11, 2001, enhanced educational benefits that cover more educational expenses and provide a living allowance, money for books, and the ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children.
  • Fill in any gaps in your education or skill set by taking classes and getting advanced training and certifications.
  • Consider military tuition assistance (for active duty).
  • Learn transition techniques as well as business, software, technology, and creative skills with a free one-year subscription to online courses with LinkedIn™ Learning.
  • Earn a free Coursera Course Certificate.

Get personalized help if you need it

Take a different approach to starting your career

  • If you have—or want to start—your own business, we can help. Register to do business with VA and get support for your Veteran-owned small business. Register your business now.
  • If you need more training or job experience, consider non-traditional programs like apprenticeships, work study, and on-the-job training. Explore non-traditional programs.

Military spouses and family members