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.
Do you plan to leave active duty in less than 12 months?
Prepare for your transition with this timeline.
Have you recently left active duty?
If you can’t find a job after you separate from active-duty service, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits through Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers.
If you are ready to begin, take these steps:
Discover your skills and interests
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.
Build a resume
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.
Search online job banks
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
- Government and private resources offer one-on-one assistance.
- Qualified Veterans with service-connected disabilities can get employment support services, such as small business counseling, as well as specialized help through Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E).
- American Job Centers offer interview practice, career counseling, and job-search help. Some of the nearly 2,500 AJC locations have offices with phones, resume-writing tools, and free Internet access.
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.