Benefits & Services » Employment

Employment Preparation Assistance,
Job Search Resources & Job Listings

Select a topic below to view information.
open all | close all

American Job Center

This is a very helpful one-stop web page with multiple veteran-related hiring sources links, military-to-civilian transitioning tools (how to translate military specialties to civilian jobs), and a state job center locator.

External Website: American Job Center

American Heroes at Work (Employer Toolkit for Hiring Transitioning Military, Veterans, & Wounded Warriors)

This employer toolkit is designed to assist and educate employers on the development of their recruitment and hiring initiatives of transitioning service members, veterans and wounded warriors. This U.S. Department of Labor project addresses the employment challenges of returning service members and veterans living with challenges that, in some cases, may require workplace accommodations.  

External Website: America's Heroes at Work: Veterans Hiring Toolkit

AmeriCorps: Part- & Full-time Jobs

AmeriCorps is one of several programs under the "Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)," a federal agency.  AmeriCorps provides grants to a broad network of public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor AmeriCorps service programs around the country. These organizations and agencies, in turn, uses their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, employ, and supervise AmeriCorps employees nationwide.  Members may serve full- or part-time over a period not to exceed 12 months.

CNCS investments in nonprofit and faith-based groups put more than 5 million Americans to work improving fellow citizens' lives through service.  There programs include AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, the Volunteer Generation Fund, and more. We serve, we build, and we make an impact that changes lives and communities.

Full-time AmeriCorps State and National members are given a living allowance; health care; childcare, if they qualify; and become eligible for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program.

AmeriCorps Fact Sheet

Find an AmeriCorps Opportunity and Apply Now!

External Website: AmeriCorps Program and Application for Jobs

CareerOneStop: Veterans ReEmployment Services & State "American Job Center" Locations & Contacts

At CareerOneStop, a Department of Labor-sponsored website for anyone seeking employment assistance, you will find the "Veterans ReEmployment" portal designed to provide quick links to a full range of assistance.  Established under the Workforce Investment Act, you can find military-to-civilian job and career search tools, back-to-school and training information, unemployment and transition assistance, and search for an "American Job Center" which are located in all states.

When you visit an "American Job Center" web page, you'll find "Veterans Employment Representative" contact information (names, phone numbers. e-mails, addresses, operating hours, etc.) as well as a list of all the services and resources that are offered at a particular "American Job Center."  When you're ready, call and make an appointment to meet one-on-one with a "Veterans Employment Representative."

External Website: CareerOneStop: Veterans ReEmployment & State "American Job Centers"

Feds Hire Vets (For Veterans and Employers)

Explore this site!  Go to the "Agency Directory" tab for telephone number contacts to include for local Veteran Employment Contact (VEC) telephone numbers. These VECs are charged to assist with applications for positions within whatever federal department they represent.

Visit external website

G.I. Jobs

G.I. Jobs offers school, career, job search and pay calculator tools to simplify the military transition experience.  Media articles reviewing current trends, opportunities, and other insights are also posted.

External Website: G.I. Jobs

Gold Card Services for Unemployed Post 9/11 Veterans (Department of Labor)

In August 2011, President Obama announced a comprehensive plan to lower veterans' unemployment and to ensure that service members leave the military career-ready. The announcement included several initiatives including the creation of a suite of Gold Card services for veterans. The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11-era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) and became available on Nov. 7, 2011.

An eligible veteran can present the Gold Card at his/her local CareerOneStop "American Job Center" (previously called "One Stop Career Centers") to receive enhanced intensive services including up to six months of follow-up. The enhanced in-person services available for Gold Card holders at a local "American Job Center" may include:

Job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing.

Development of an Individual Development Plan (IDP).

Career guidance through group or individual counseling that helps veterans in making training and career decisions.

Provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information that inform educational, training and occupational decisions.

Referral to job banks, job portals and job openings.

Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors.

Referral to training by WIA-funded or third-party service providers.

Monthly follow-up by an assigned case manager for up to six months.

Eligible veterans can print a Gold Card here.

External Website: Department of Labor "Gold Card" Services for Unemployed Post 9/11 Veterans

Hirepurpose Career Compass (Vet-to-Vet Employment & Career Resources)

The Hirepurpose Career Compass  site is an easy-to-use, comprehensive virtual resource that offers advice, guidance, and tips to find success in your civilian career through task and purpose. The site includes smart ways to use the G.I. Bill, build your resume, prepare for an interview, explore different careers, and make a transition timeline for a smoother exit from the military.  Founded in late 2011, Hirepurpose is developed by veterans for veterans 

External Website: Hirepurpose

Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP): Veteran Employment Services Grants (Department of Labor)

The Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) provides funding to organizations that provide services to assist with reintegration of homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force. This site describes the program and provides a number of links to related information. When updated, it also provides a list of current federal grant recipients with their location and contact information.

External Website: Department of Labor

Job Bank for Veterans, Their Families & Employers (Department of Veterans Affairs)

VA Employment Center Video Tutorial

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Employment Center is a site pooling the online job bank resources of several federal departments.  Some of the contributing departments may also maintain their own site.  The video below provides a brief introduction to this site.

VA Employment Center

Veterans, Military Transitioning to Separation & Retirement and Spouses

There is a resume builder that assists you with translating your military skills into civilian employment language.  Additionally, there is a job search tool that allows you to customize your search by a number of variables including location, type of job, date of job posting, and other options.

Employers access this site at will when hiring veterans.

Eligible veterans and family members can also log into their VA eBenefits account on this site, which gives them access to all their personal VA benefits and health care information in addition to the employment resources.


Employers can access a targeted pool of resumes with skill sets their organization desires.  They can also track their veteran hiring goals.

External Website: VA eBenefits Employment Center

Jobs at the VA: Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO/Department of Veterans Affairs)

If you're interested in a job with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), this is the site to visit.  The VA Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO) site offers employment information for job seekers, employers, human resources professionals and agencies/nonprofit partners.  VA posts jobs and hiring events as well as news and a blog.

VA for Vets

The "VA for Vets" program facilitates the reintegration, retention, and hiring of veteran employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  VA offers career-search tools for veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

Regional Veterans Employment Coordinator (RVEC) Locator


External Website: VA Veteran Employment Services Office

Joining Forces (White House)

A White House-sponsored employment resources site for veterans, military servicemembers and their spouses.

Visit external website

My Next Move for Veterans (Department of Labor)

"My Next Move for Veterans" is part of the Department of Labor's (DOL) new employment services for veterans. The new search tool helps veterans match military experience to civilian careers. Veterans will find a simple and quick search engine where they enter their prior military experience (branch of service and military occupation code or title) and link to the information on civilian careers and related training, including information they can use to write resumes that highlight related civilian skills.

In addition, it contains a link to an online assessment: the "O*NET Interest Profiler," which provides results comparable to the "Strong Interest Inventory" being used in active duty Transition Assistance Programs (TAP).  If interested in taking the interest inventory, visit this link: 

O*NET Interest Profiler

External Website: Department of Labor "My Next Move for Veterans"

National Resource Directory (Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, Their Families, and Caregivers)

Find the resources you need as you transition from the military to a civilian career, identify programs and workplace supports for wounded warriors, and learn more about employment rights, protections, and responsibilities.

Job Listings

Veterans Job Bank

External Website: National Resource Directory

Onward to Opportunity (Transitioning Military Servicemembers & Spouses)

Onward to Opportunity is an initiative that provides industry-specific career training and job placement services for transitioning service members and active duty spouses. This groundbreaking program brings civilian-sector skills training  to U.S. military bases before transition.  If interested, you can connect with this program on this site.

External Website: Syracuse University

Operation Warfighter for Wounded, Ill & Injured Service Members (OWF/Department of Defense)

Operation Warfighter (OWF) is a Department of Defense-sponsored internship program for wounded, ill, and injured (WII) service members. OWF places WII service members in supportive work settings that positively impact their rehabilitation.  It is an opportunity for service members to augment their employment readiness by building their resumes, exploring employment interests, obtaining formal and on-the-job training, and gaining valuable federal government work experience that will help prepare them for the future. Contact:


200 Stovall Street Room 11N01|
Alexandria, VA 22302

Phone: (703) 428-7536|
E-Mail: WarriorCare@osd.mil

Operation Warfighter Program Overview & Contacts--Accessed 6 May 2015

External Website: Department of Defense

USAJOBS (Official Federal Job Board)

This is the official job board of the federal government and offers tailored job searches to include by state and receipt of daily notices.

External Website: USAJOBS

USDA Veterans Employment Office (VEPO)

The United States Department of Agriculture Veterans Employment Office (VEPO) recommends the following when interested in USDA employment:

  • First determine the job title or group of jobs you believe you are  qualified for, research the availability of the jobs on USAJOBS, and then contact their office.
  • When you contact USDA, please inform them of the job(s) you are interested in, the location you wish to work, and the lowest grade you are willing to accept.
  • Attach your resume and your DD-214 and 1-page VA disability rating certificate to determine your eligibility for the special hiring authorities for veterans.

Visit the site linked below for contact and other information.

External Website: U.S. Department of Agriculture Veterans Employment Office (VEPO)

Veterans' Employment & Training Service (VETS/Department of Labor)

The Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment & Training Service (VETS) offers services and programs in designated regional areas.  Within each area, which may include multiple states and territories, there are directors assigned who work with veterans, employers, contractors, and others who may need assistance with veteran employment related issues.

Specifically, posted under "Employment Services" and "Programs & Services" are resources to assist separating servicemembers and veterans with career exploration, obtaining employment, and protections of their employment rights.  To access this information, visit the link below.  

External Website: Department of Labor VETS "Employment Services" and "Programs & Services"

VetJobs (Transitioning Military, National Guard, Reserve Component Members,Veterans, Families and Employers)

VetJobs provides employment assistance with the capability to post resumes for all members of "The United States Military Family."  There are no fees for using this site.  The service also includes information for employers and subscription to a newsletter.

External Website: VetJobs

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment for Eligible Veterans or Service Members (VR & E/Department of Veterans Affairs)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program assists service-disabled veterans to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment.  For severely disabled veterans that cannot seek gainful employment, assistance may be provided to allow that person to live more independently in his or her community.

It's best to visit the VA site for eligibility criteria.  In general, discharge characterization, service-connected disability ratings, and applying within legally-specified time limits are all considerations.

Service members expecting a discharge that is other than dishonorable who possess a VA memorandum or Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) rating of 20 percent or more, as well as service members currently going through a Physical Evaluation Board (PEB), may be eligible to receive VR&E services.

For more information, reference Chapter 3 in the VA's Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors handbook.

External Website: VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR & E)