Career Resources for Military Veterans
A transition from "boots to books" can be stressful and overwhelming at times. To help reduce that stress, the Career Center is committed to helping and supporting our Veterans in the job search process. We work one-on-one and provide group presentations to ensure that our Veterans on campus receive excellent service that is tailored to their job-search needs.
Getting a Jump Start on your Career
Landing your perfect career after graduation or getting into graduate school, takes more than just going to class each day. Take a look at the tips below to gain some insight on what you can do now to succeed after graduation.
- Explore your options: Make an appointment to get informed on your choice of major, identify assessments to help you discover your interests and personality traits or guidance on an action plan for you to turn your major into a career.
- Get experience: Seek out internships, volunteer, or research opportunities to gain practical experience in an occupation or career field.
- Become a student leader: Employers and graduate schools want to see leadership experiences on your resume. Get involved with a student organization or start a campus club to refine your leadership skills.
Develop a "Civilian Friendly" Resume
To apply for jobs and internships outside of the military, you will need to adapt your resume language to civilian terms. For help in doing so, please make an appointment with Career Services to assist in developing and reviewing your resume, cover letter, and other application materials.
- Military Skills Translator: Translate your military skills, experience and training to find career opportunities that best align with your skills and abilities.
- O*Net Online: click on "Crosswalk Search" to enter your military job code. This is another skills translator for translating your military assignment into civilian occupation key words to help you build effective bullets on your resume.
- Resume Writing for Veterans (word doc): information on writing a resume with military experience and background.
Hiring Preference for Veterans
Many organizations want to hire veterans and in some cases give preference to veteran applicants:
- USA Jobs - Federal Government Openings: The United States Federal Government gives preference to job seekers who are veterans.
- G.I. Jobs.com: View a list of the 50 most "veteran friendly" employers.
Washington State and VA Resources
In addition to receiving service from Career Services, you may find the resources below helpful as you begin your job search.
- Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs: employment resources for veterans that will assist in the job search.
- Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program: Some veterans may qualify for employment and vocational rehabilitation services through the Veterans Administration (VA).
Additional Job Search and Information Resources
There are a variety of career search websites for veterans and their families. Here are some of the many resources available:
- Work Source: Assists thousands of military veterans, including disabled veterans, find employment also has additional resources such as skills assessments, workshops and technical trainings.
- Military.com: Job search portal that provides job postings, networking, and other career advice.
- RecruitMilitary: Find veteran careers and civilian careers through this online job portal. This site also offers career and recruiting fairs for vets and their spouses.
- My Next Move: Helps veterans find civilian careers similar to military experience.
- VetCentral Jobs: Determines veterans' special rights and privileges for Federal civil service employment and transition services.
- VetNet: Career website that is operated in collaboration between The Institute for Veterans and Military Families and Hire Heroes USA providing a platform to help veterans and their families find careers.
- Bunker Labs: Bunker Labs – a 501(c)(3) non-profit – is a national network of veteran entrepreneurs dedicated to helping new veteran entrepreneurs start their own business.
- COMMIT Foundation: The COMMIT Foundation aims to create serendipity for men and women separating from uniformed services and entering the professional civilian world.
- Google for Veterans: Provides useful resources and links for families and veterans. www.googleforveterans.com
- Veterans Today: Online journal that features news, benefits, and job search information. www.veteranstoday.com
UW Bothell Veteran Support Services
UW Bothell Veterans Services: information on GI Bill, Tuition Reduction Program, and other academic and support resources.
Know Your Rights
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) is a broad law with implications for returning veterans, including protection from job discrimination. For more information please visit the: USERRA website.