4 Resources For Veterans Looking For Civilian Jobs

By Debra Auerbach

Men and women who have served our country possess qualities and skills that are of great value to employers, including a strong work ethic, leadership and problem solving. Yet many veterans struggle with finding employment in the civilian world. According to whitehouse.gov, as of October 2011, more than 850,000 veterans were unemployed. In addition, the jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans was 12.1 percent -- well above the national average.

There is some encouraging news: A recent CareerBuilder survey found that 20 percent of employers are recruiting U.S. veterans to work for their organizations and that 14 percent are recruiting members of the National Guard. Yet, with more than 1 million service members projected to leave the military between 2011 and 2016, where can military veterans turn? What resources are available to help them prepare for, seek and secure employment? Here are four such resources:

1. America Wants You:
The recently launched website brings together the private sector and corporate America to find job opportunities for men and women who have served in the U.S. military. CareerBuilder powers the job-search engine, which is free for both veterans and companies. Thousands of jobs are available in a variety of fields, including sales, customer service and information technology management, at companies across the U.S.

"AWY is one site with one well-defined mission; simply put, AWY is designed to get our veterans back to work," says John Pike, CEO of AWY and a veteran himself. "Whether you have completed your service or are soon to do so, sites like AWY and all the others help in making a difficult transition a little bit easier."

2. EmployVets.com:
EmployVets.com matches employers with veterans looking to return to the workforce. The website, powered by CareerBuilder, provides a variety of resources for veterans, including a job-search engine, a tool for discovering how one's military skills translate to the civilian world, and career advice.

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3. Veteran Entrepreneurial Transfer Inc.:
According to the website, VeTransfer.org's mission "is to teach veterans how to become entrepreneurs and to assist them in accelerating their veteran-owned innovations." The organization, which receives backing from the Department of Veterans Affairs, helps veterans start their own businesses. Veterans are connected with the financing needed to get their venture off the ground and with business volunteers and mentors who provide advice, guidance and support.

4. American Freedom Foundation Inc.:
The American Freedom Foundation provides grants to organizations that support veterans, including those related to employment. The foundation has a special focus on aiding wounded or disabled veterans and their families, as well as the children of those killed in action. One of the most prominent ways the American Freedom Foundation raises money is through its American Freedom Festivals.

Pike says veterans who are starting to look for a job should arm themselves with as much information as possible via sites such as AWY. They should also assess their skills -- what they've done and what they've learned -- and determine how these skills are transferable to the mainstream American workforce. "And finally, don't just look for a job, look for an opportunity to use your skills to grow within an area where you can advance and prosper."

Debra Auerbach is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.

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Congrats Vets! Now for us reservists and guardmen, USERA might as well be a piece of toilet paper. I have a bachelor's from a real school (not online), I speak a foreign language, I have valuable skills and a pertinant MOS, but as soon as they see national guard, they throw the application in the trash. Its illegal, oh yes, but who cares. The federal gets a bargain out of us, we have to maintain the same standards and get deployed as much as active duty, but we don't get the points, and money. In a company of 110 soldiers %50 are unemployed! This article and the companies they are advertising for are BS!

September 27 2012 at 7:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

AOL does not give a hoot about our US military----neither for vets, active, or reserve. It is all a facade to increase their lagging readership.

September 27 2012 at 4:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Vets remember in November that teagop JUST voted AGAINTS help for vets in US Congress LAST WEEK!

September 26 2012 at 5:46 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to stinkyheadzzz's comment

You must be referring to the lowly do-nothing dems.

September 27 2012 at 4:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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