Working the Frontline: Job Guide for Veterans


While you may have left the uniform behind, you may not be leaving the work force altogether. SIGNAL compiled this page to give veterans easily accessible links to a number of useful services—from employers who seek employees with military experience to job fairs, government programs, resource groups and helpful interviewing and resume writing tips.

U.S. veterans face a roughly 9.2 percent unemployment rate, a few percentage points higher than the general population. The staggering statistic has prompted local, state and the federal governments to investigate and introduce programs and laws that may aid in bringing that number down, from hiring preferences for veterans to legislation that could create high-tech jobs.

 

Sites to See

Department of Veterans Affairs
The department's official website provides in-depth information, from health benefits to educational opportunities and job-finding resources.

Boots to Business
Boots to Business builds on the Small Business Administration's role as a leader in entrepreneurship training for veterans leaving active duty service and looking to start their own businesses.

Show Your Stripes
This multi-partner initiative seeks to pair veterans with job seekers and vice versa, drawing on a patriotic movement to support veterans by hiring them.

Veteran-Owned Businesses
Veterans and service-disabled veterans can use the Small Business Administration's resources to help start and grow a small business. From resource links and suggestions to connections for low-interest loans and more.

Corporate Gray
Corporate Gray helps transitioning military personnel connect with employers in print, in person and online. The organization provides a step-by-step guide for the transition from military service to civilian employment, links to nationwide job fairs and hosts job-seekers’ resumes online.

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
MOAA plays an active role in military personnel matters and especially proposed legislation affecting the career force, the retired community and veterans of the uniformed services. Its site hosts signature events that include job fairs.

American Job Center
A part of USA.gov, the site provides lots of information and resource links for veterans, including federal employment information, a job bank, Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, eBenefits portal and more.

The SkillSource Group
The website offers employment and training services to veterans seeking employment in the Washington, D.C., area, particularly in northern Virginia.

Transition Assistance Program
An official Defense Department program, the website provides information for separating service members including career tools, job postings, job fairs, a listing of military friendly communities and transition guidance.

Department of Veterans Affairs' Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E)
The website provides information for veterans looking for job training, resume development and coaching on how to find and land a job, and resources for employers looking to hire veterans, such as salary subsidies, assistive technology, tax incentives and special employer incentives.

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE)
V-WISE is committed to women veterans by providing tools to become successful entrepreneurs. The group integrates women veterans' leadership, integrity, focus and drive into an educational training program taught by accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the United States.

Pinnacle Five
Former senior enlisted service members teamed up to form an organization that focuses on addressing and meeting the needs of troops and their families. The organization stresses the value of hiring former military members to the business community.

USA Cyber Warrior Scholarship
Sponsored by (ISC)2 Foundation and Booz Allen Hamilton, this program is designed to provide scholarship recipients with educational materials and a voucher for an (ISC)2 certification exam to support U.S. veterans seeking to advance in the field of cybersecurity.

Featured Stories

VA Using Technology to Help Quash Disparities For Rural Vets Needing Health Care
Technology plays a central role in helping the Department of Veterans Affairs work smarter, not harder, to medically treat veterans, particularly those who live in rural areas of the nation.

(ISC)2 Foundation Announces First Recipients of U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarship For Veterans
A new program aims to help veterans seeking work in the field of cybersecurity earn certifications. The next scholarship application period is open until January 1.

Nonprofit Effort Provides Training Programs for Veterans
The SAP National Security Services Serves veterans employment program is an independent, nonprofit initiative to give back to the community it serves.

From Service 
to Start-up, SBA Gives
 Veterans 
a Boost
The Small Business Administration is expanding its popular Boots to Business program to reach more veterans throughout the nation.

Community-Based Organization
 Aids Veterans in
 Business Start-ups
A Virginia city is helping returning 
veterans build entrepreneurial careers.

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