Read about the many resources available to you as a student veteran, including how to ﬁnd employers who value military experience, create a ‘civilian-friendly’ resume, connect with a mentor, and join networking organizations.
Job Search Resources — Veteran-Friendly Employers
- 100,000 Jobs Mission: Explore this coalition of companies from a wide range of industries, committed to hire veterans.
- Hire Veterans: Connecting U.S. Military Veterans with civilian careers.
- Military Friendly: List of the top 100 veteran-friendly employers, compiled by Victory Media and updated annually.
- The Value of a Veteran: Connect with employers who value and support military service @ValueOfaVeteran.
- Virtual Career Fair: Provides real time access to industry leading employers through virtual career fairs.
Job Search Resources — General
- Career One Stop Veteran and Military Transition Center: One-stop website for employment, training and ﬁnancial help. Use the Military-to-Civilian Job Search tool to ﬁnd jobs based on skills and experiences you gained in the military.
- Military-Civilian Career Coaching Connection (MC4): Private LinkedIn group for 1-on-1 coaching and mentoring on transition to civilian life and careers.
- Mynextmove.org: Investigate career possibilities and identify job titles. Explore with keywords, browse industries, or search by military classiﬁcation code.
Develop a “Civilian-Friendly” Resume
Use these tools to translate your military experience and military occupation codes (MOC) into civilian terms:
- O Net Online: Identify keywords to help you write eﬀective bullet statements. Enter your Military Occupation Code into Crosswalk Search to translate your military assignment into a civilian occupation.
- Real Warriors: Step-by-step information on how to create a civilian resume.
- Veterans Employment Center: Use the Military Skill Translator and Resume/Proﬁle Builder Tool from the Department of Veterans Aﬀairs and the Department of Defense.
- Sample Resume: View a Columbia student veteran’s sample resume on page 29 of CCE’s Career Planning Guidebook.
3 Key Resources for Networking and Mentoring
- American Corporate Partners: Mentorship, career counseling, and networking opportunities with business professionals from a variety of industries @ACPUSA.
- Four Block: Student-veteran career development program for Post 9/11 veterans @FourBlock.
- U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University: Join the Columbia University student group Milvets! @Milvets.
Disabilities and the Workplace
- Lime Connect: Prepare for and connect to scholarships, internships, and full-time careers. Lime Connect works with corporate partners to rebrand disability through achievement @LimeConnect.
- Warriors to Work: Match your skills and experience to the needs of hiring managers through this career support program of the Wounded Warrior Project.
- Arts in the Armed Forces: AITAF honors the military by engaging, inspiring, and educating them through exposure to the power and service of the performing arts @AITAF.
- Veterans in Film and Television: Networking organization that unites current and former members of the military working in the ﬁlm and television industry @VFTLA.
- The Veterans Writing Project: Provides no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, service members, and military family members. So what’s your story? O-Dark-Thirty is the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project @VeteransWriting.
Community Service Projects
- Team Rubicon: Provides our veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and self-worth, from recognizing the impact one individual can make. Connect on Facebook and Twitter @TeamRubicon.
- The Mission Continues: Offers the opportunity for veterans and civilians to give back to their community in a collective effort, through one day projects or a long-term action-oriented service programs. Join one of the three platoons in New York @missioncontinue.
- Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition. Wolfe, Tom. Washington, D.C.: Potomac, 2012. Shares tools and tactics designed to help to find a civilian job and career. User-friendly guide to career transition, job hunting and interviewing.
- Business Networking for Veterans: A Guidebook for a Successful Military Transition into the Civilian Workforce. Abrams, Michael; Faulkner, Michael Lawrence; Nierenberg, Andrea. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2014. “How to” guide to enhance networking and relationship building skills to find meaningful employment in the civilian world. The author is a Marine Corps Veteran and one of the founding partners of Four Block.