Resources Through Veterans Affairs
The VA offers career resources and assistance to veterans, service members who are within one year of separating from the military, and their spouses.
Explore a sampling of the VA’s career-oriented resources:
Build Your Network
If you’re a military-affiliated student, it’s possible that your networking opportunities may have been affected by periods of service, changing geographic locations, and other life events. As a student, you have the opportunity to focus on building a strong network.
Participate in networking strategies to connect with contacts in your industry.
Connect to Webster University resources to build your network:
If you’re transitioning to a field that’s not directly tied to your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), you’ll need to develop experience so that you can demonstrate newly acquired qualifications to prospective employers. If your career goals are related to your MOS, you can develop additional experience to continue to build your professional profile.
Keep track of your academic projects so that you can evaluate the skills you developed in your coursework. Incorporate major papers and projects into your resume if they helped you to obtain skills related to your field of interest.
- The Career Planning & Development Center's Guidelines for Resume Writing is a comprehensive how-to guide for preparing a standard industry resume.
- If you're interested in employment with a federal agency, view resources to assist with preparing a Federal Resume.
Consider Completing a Minimum of One Internship
An internship is a great way to align academic knowledge from the classroom to an outside of the classroom experience. View the Career Planning & Development Center's Internship and Job Search Guide for internship and job search strategies.
Build experience related to your new industry via volunteer work for student organizations, non-profits, or veterans’ service organizations.
Here are some examples of sites that post volunteer opportunities:
Explain Your Skills
Your military service is likely a rich source of transferrable experience. Regardless of whether your MOS is related to your new industry of choice, you need to be able to articulate your skills to contacts and prospective employers.
Learn how to dissect job postings to understand what the employer is seeking in an ideal candidate.
Help prospective employers understand your skills by translating your MOS into civilian language. Here are some examples of resources to assist you in identifying skills based on your MOS:
- Veterans Employment Center Military Skills Translator
- O*Net Military Crosswalk Search
- Military.com Military Skills Translator
When explaining your skills, modify the language you use to fit the needs of your prospective employer.
Avoid acronyms and military jargon in unrelated industries.
Unless your jobs of interest are directly related to your MOS, generalize any military-specific language, such as references to weapons, in order to highlight your broader skills (e.g., logistics, training, communication, management of equipment and resources) versus your exact day-to-day duties.
Military-Friendly Hiring Sources
Many employers are interested in hiring military-affiliated candidates and/or have a well-developed military-friendly culture. Some companies offer employee resource groups dedicated to military-affiliated employees. These companies are often committed to hiring veterans, reservists, or military spouses and could be added to your personal list of prospective employers to target.
Create a list of organizations that are military friendly or military spouse friendly that fit your career interests. While there are numerous resources available to identify employers and job postings for military-affiliated job seekers, here are some examples:
Job Search Engines
- Employers Committed to Hiring Veterans
- U.S. Department of Labor "Veteran Friendly Employers" Job Search
Federal Government Hiring
Companies with Military and Veteran Programs or Culture
- Amazon Web Services - Military Apprenticeship Program
- Ameren – Military & Veteran Employment Resources
- Boeing – Talent Network
- Combined Insurance – Veteran and Military Spouse Interview Guarantee
- Express Scripts – VaLOR (Veterans and Leaders Organizing Resources) Program
- Hilton – Operation: Opportunity
- Principal Financial – Veterans Employee Resource Group