I’m speaking from personal experience when I say that finding work after separating from the military can be a difficult endeavor. It took me six months to land my first post-military job. Thankfully unemployment benefits helped bridge the income gap while I was searching for work. Unfortunately, the overall economy is in poor shape right now and many veterans are facing an uncertain employment landscape and are finding it increasingly difficult to find work. That is why President Obama and the Department of Labor are working to create programs for out of work military veterans. There are three new programs we will cover in this article – hopefully one of them will help you on your search for a new job.
New Career Resources for Military Vets
The three new job search resources are as follows: My Next Move for Veterans, the Veterans Job Bank, and the Veterans Gold Card. These new resources help you translate your military skills into related civilian jobs, search jobs in a job search database open to military veterans, and get personalized one on one job counseling from one of over 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers in the nation.
My Next Move for Veterans
Have you ever wondered how your military skills translate into a civilian job? If so, you are not alone. Military members have a variety of skills, but not all of them easily translate into the civilian sector. But a new tool from the Department of Labor, My Next Move for Veterans, makes it easier to do just that. Simply visit the site and enter a few things about yourself to help determine where your skills and interest lie, and how you can use those skills and interests in the civilian sector. You can even select your branch and MOS and the skills translator can help you find similar jobs in the civilian sector. You can also find information about various civilian jobs, including information about salaries, apprenticeships, and other related education and training programs.
The Veterans Job Bank
The Veterans Job Bank is another tool available for military veterans. This tool helps connect unemployed veterans to job openings with companies that want to hire them. There are currently over 500,000 jobs listed in the database, with more jobs being added as they become available.The Veterans Job Bank allows users to search for jobs using their current location, military occupation Code, or by keywords. You can use this widget, which the National Resource Directory was kind enough to provide for our readers, or visit the Veterans Job Bank website.
Veterans Gold Card Employment Program
It might sound like it at first, but the Veterans Gold Card is not a military credit card- it’s much better than that. The Veterans Gold Card is a new program designed to give post-9/11 era military veterans one on one career counseling and job finding assistance. The Veterans Gold Card is a joint effort from the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS).
To use this program, eligible veterans simply need to can print a Gold Card and visit his or her local One-Stop Career Center. From there, the veteran is eligible to receive one-on-one job counseling for up to 6 months. Some of the available services 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; and
- Monthly follow-up by an assigned case manager for up to six months.
Eligible veterans can print a Gold Card here.
Finding a job after your military career isn’t always easy, but hopefully these tools will make things easier for you. Thanks for your service!