Each month, the Social Good Blog highlights news and resources on a specific topic. In May, we are sharing resources for veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce and the people who support them.
One of the most challenging aspects of entering the civilian workforce is translating specialized military skills on a resume. However, job seekers can begin to simplify this task through My Next Move, which features advanced search options (e.g. by keywords, industry and military classification) to connect the dots between different skill sets. Additionally, O*Net Interest Profiler assists veterans with honing their career options.
Military spouses are often overlooked in terms of job placement after their partners complete a service period. MySECO, produced by Military OneSource, highlights the organizations that make jobs available specifically to this group by posting their jobs on the site’s job portal.
Post 9/11 veterans (and eligible spouses) who are ready to learn more about the working culture of industries and sectors outside of their usual scope can receive free training through the Institute for Veterans and Families.
“Helping veterans help themselves” is the motto of VetChange, which provides a free tool to assess instances of substance abuse. The organization’s site provides additional support by prompting veterans to set goals, track their progress and educate themselves on the road to recovery from PTSD-related symptoms.
Finally, do you just need to get a better sense of which benefits you currently have? eBenefits makes the process easier with a large menu which allows users to apply for and track their application status for VA Home Loan and the GI Bill among other programs.