Resources for Veterans, Employers, and Service Organizations
Veterans seeking employment and employers or federal contractors looking to hire Veterans now have more resources than ever at their disposal. The websites listed below are good places for job candidates to begin their searches if they are Veterans of the United States Armed Forces - Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
Many of the sites listed here also include options for employers to post job opportunities at their companies and search candidates.
Federal Government Veterans' Employment Resources
Veterans Employment Center: The VEC is the federal government's single online tool for connecting transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families to meaningful career opportunities in the public and private sectors. The VEC was created in collaboration with the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, Defense and Education, the Small Business Administration, and the Office of Personnel Management.
U.S. Department of Defense - Veterans: The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is the largest Federal employer of Veterans. This DOD recruitment website provides Veterans who want to serve as a DOD civil servant the information and opportunity to do so.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Provides a Veterans' guide and FAQ for understanding employment rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in areas such as recruiting, interviewing, special hiring preferences and accommodating Veterans with disabilities.
US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) FEDSHIREVETS: This OPM government-wide Veterans employment website provides federal employment information, including information on Veterans' preference, how Federal jobs are filled, and unique Veteran appointing authorities designed to help Veterans find a job within the federal government.
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL): The DOL has multiple websites providing employment resources and assistance to Veterans including, but not limited to:
- America's Heroes at Work provides an employer toolkit for developing or enhancing a Veterans recruitment and hiring initiative.
- Recovery & Employment Assistance Lifelines (REALifelines) provides online resources and contact information for one-on-one employment assistance to help wounded and injured service members and Veterans transition into the civilian workforce.
- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)HYPERLIN provides information from the DOL Veterans Employment & Training Service, including rules and regulations related to employing Veterans, fact sheets and access to the USERRA elaws Advisor, an interactive tool that answers questions about employer rights and responsibilities.
- Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) provides employment resources and expertise for meaningful careers to Veterans, employers and service providers.
- Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act, as amended (VEVRAA) provides Information and technical assistance resources related to the DOL Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program's (OFCCP) new regulations to improve job opportunities for protected Veterans among Federal Contractors such as hiring benchmarks, invitation to self-identify and data collection.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): The VA has multiple websites providing employment resources and assistance to Veterans including, but not limited to:
- Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) provides information on CWT also known as Veterans Industries, and access to the VA vocational rehabilitation program that matches and supports work-ready Veterans in competitive jobs, and consults with business and industry regarding their specific employment needs.
- My Career at the VA provides a VA career toolkit and direct access to MyCareer@VA's interactive career development tools and resources including detailed information about internship programs and opportunities offered at the VA.
- Veterans Employment Toolkit provides a variety of resources for employers, managers or supervisors, and human resource professionals.
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for Veterans provides access to vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services.
Private Sector Veterans' Employment Resources
Following is a list of select private sector Veterans employment resources providing free career, training and employment services and supports.
AbilityOne program: The Defense Department is the largest customer of the federally managed AbilityOne program, which works with private and public groups to provide goods and services to the government and jobs for the blind and other people who have severe disabilities. The program's diverse national workforce includes more than 1,500 military Veterans with disabilities.
CareerOneStop: An American Jobs Center website providing Veterans access to valuable online resources to find or keep a job.
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV): EBV, a collaboration of eight college, university and training institutions offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business development and management to post-9/11 Veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. All services are free of charge to eligible Veterans.
Helmets to Hardhats: Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects trades and other employers in the construction industry with qualified Veterans and provides free federally approved apprenticeship programs. Helmets to Hardhats supplements its existing program with the Disabled American Veteran "Wounded Warrior" program.
Hero 2 Hired (H2H): H2H Employment Coordinators provide free quality career readiness assistance to Reserve Component Service members preparing for the next civilian career, as well as assistance to employers interested in hiring Veterans. H2H has employment coordinators in each state, territory and the District of Columbia.
Hire Heroes USA: Hire Heroes USA (Hire Heroes) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military transitioning service members through personalized employment training and corporate engagement. Services such as effective job search, job application, job interviewing techniques and resume review are provided at no cost. A partner website VetNet http://www.vetnethq.com/ is a career resource collaboration between The Institute for Veterans and Military Families and Hire Heroes.
Hire Our Heroes: Hire Our Heroes assists transitioning Veterans in gaining full-time employment. No cost services include one-on-one monthly coaching and mentoring sessions by Veterans and volunteers out of Corporate America, networking events, and group training across North America. Assistance with resume writing, social media training, and connecting with employers looking to hire Veterans is also provided.
JOFDAV – Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans: Offering a non-profit job board for Disabled Vets (DAV), this organization works in concert with many Wounded Warrior Transition Command Centers, DVOPs, LVERs and multiple military organizations to support Veterans in their job search for employment. Veterans can register free of charge and post resumes to gain access to over 40,000 active jobs.
National Organization on Disability (NOD): NOD's Wounded Warrior Careers program helps Veterans with serious disabilities achieve meaningful, rewarding and sustainable careers in the civilian sector. NOD's Wounded Warrior Careers model allows Veterans and their families to develop Career Action Plans and achieve their goals with support from NOD Career Specialists. NOD has also published toolkits for Employers and Career Path guidebooks. All services are provided at no charge.
Paralyzed Veterans of America – Operation PAVE: Operation PAVE – Paving Access for Veterans Employment has offices in every VA spinal cord injury center and provides one-on-one career counseling to all Veterans seeking to transition to civilian employment. All services, from résumé assistance, interview preparation, vocational counseling, or employer networking are provided at no charge.
Recruit Military: Recruit Military is a Veteran-owned and-operated firm specializing in assisting employers with military-to-civilian recruiting using Veteran career fairs, professional recruiting services, and a diverse range of targeted online and traditional recruiting mechanisms. Recruit military also provides job board registration free of charge to Veterans and their spouses
Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF): The IVMF provides resources and support services to Veterans and their families to identify and pursue employment opportunities, leveraging skills and experiences gained in military service and new skills and knowledge gained post-service. The IVMF assists employers with strategies to recruit, assimilate, retain and advance Veterans and military families in employment.
Wounded Warrior Project - Warriors to Work Program (WWP): Through its economic empowerment services the WWP offers higher education programs, information technology training, and employment assistance services to encourage economic empowerment to provide long-term financial stability supports to wounded warriors who incur service-connected wounds, injuries and illnesses (physical or psychological) on or after September 11, 2001. Employers interested in this program can post jobs and review the resumes of qualified Veterans with disabilities.