In today’s military, veterans are experiencing the need to combat budget instability and a less than stellar job market by preparing for the transition to civilian careers long before the final clearing. If you are considering your options, AHRN.com has compiled a list of resources to help you prepare!
1. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes
A good place to start with your research is the big picture -provided by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program. The site offers all kinds of help, like links to state resources, a job search function and information about other national programs available to veteran job seekers.
2. Get Skills To Work
Although the site is a bit bare bones, Get Skills To Work offers useful tools for service members interested in transitioning into high-demand, skilled labor professions. Information about training opportunities, a job search, and an assessment to match your current skills to prospective careers make the site an excellent starting point in your post-service reconnaissance.
With more than 14% of veterans choosing to be self-employed, Thrive15.com offers web based business education. Touted as an “online classroom”, the site also includes access to a community of fellow entrepreneurs and prominent business leaders. Thrive15.com has included in their site launch the one-for-one Hand Up Movement: For each paid subscription, they offer a veteran or active duty service member a free membership.
4. The Value of Your Clearance
If your military service required you to have a security clearance, especially Top Secret or higher, there are employers who consider that a valuable asset in an employee. Military.com offers a summary of the advantages that come along with your clearance and a portal for searching jobs that reward you for having it!
5. Leverage Education
Any transitioning veteran should explore the resources available at Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. In addition to degree programs and webinars, the Veteran’s Career Transition Program offers an online accessible program, free to veterans and military spouses, to help participants enhance how competitive they are in the job market.
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