Students

Veteran Resources

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The Center for Career Education (CCE) looks forward to partnering with you as you explore career options.  We recommend that you connect with your peers, employers and alumni early and often to build relationships and learn about potential career paths. Gain experience relevant to your career interests through internships, classes and extracurricular activities to build upon the skills you developed during your military service. CCE counselors are here to work with you through each step of the process.

 

Networking and Mentoring

Veteran Groups on LinkedIn

Developing a 'Civilian-Friendly' Resume

Job Search Resources

Disabilities and the Workplace

Creative Resources

Community Service Projects

Recommended Books

 

Networking and Mentoring

Milvets: 

The U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University (Milvets) was formed by students at the School of General Studies (GS) to foster camaraderie and networking among Veterans. Their mission is to provide military veterans with resources, opportunities, and support at Columbia University, in order to facilitate a successful education and to provide a strong foundation for years to come. For more information contact  milvets@columbia.edu and check out Columbia’s MilVets on Facebook and Twitter: @Milvets

American Corporate Partners

American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a not-for-profit organization and nationwide mentoring program dedicated to assisting Veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. ACP offers Veterans tools for long-term career development through mentorship, career counseling, and networking opportunities.  Business professionals from a variety of industries take on the role of mentors.  @ACPUSA

Four Block:   

The Four Block student-veteran career development program provides transitioning Post 9/11 veterans with the essential tools needed to jumpstart civilian careers. The goal of the program is to empower veterans to obtain competitive internships and full-time positions at companies or organizations that match their interests, attributes and strengths. During weekly professional development courses, Veterans learn from industry experts how to network and better communicate their skills;  they then meet senior executives and Veteran employees through networking events at companies including NBC Universal, J.P. Morgan, Citi, NYSE, and the NFL. @FourBlock

 

Veteran Groups on LinkedIn and Facebook

There are many benefits to joining groups on LinkedIn including networking, resource sharing and learning about job opportunities.  Below are a few Veteran specific groups to get you started.

Civilian Jobs:  

An online networking solution for U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines that are currently transitioning from the military as well as Veterans with varying amounts of business experience. @CivilianJobscom

Military-Civilian Career Coaching Connection (MC4): 

Private group offers discussions on specific topics to 1 on 1 coaching and mentoring for transition to civilian life and next careers.

The Value of a Veteran:  

Connecting military service members (Active, Guard, Reserve, retired, or separated) who are looking for civilian employment opportunities with employers who value and support military service. @ValueOfaVeteran 

Veterans Employment Network:

Provides professional networking, employment and career guidance. @MVENetwork

 

Developing a “Civilian-Friendly” Resume

To compete for jobs and internships outside of the military, you will need to adapt your resume language to civilian terms. View a Sample Resume from a Columbia Student Veteran from page 29 of CCE’s Career Planning Guidebook. 

Career One Stop: and O Net Online:

From the U.S. Department of Labor: Use the Military to Civilian Occupation Translator at Career One Stop; on O Net Online, click on “Crosswalk Search” to enter your Military Occupation Code. This tool will translate your military assignment into a civilian occupation with key words to help you write effective bullet statements. 

Monster Veteran Employment Center:

Skill translator at Military.com/Monster.

Real Warriors:

Step by step information on how to create a civilian resume.

Veterans Employment Center:

Military skill translator and Resume/profile builder tool from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense (formerly at Hero 2 Hired).

 

Job Search Resources-General

100,000 Jobs Mission:

A coalition of companies from a wide range of industries, committed to hire veterans, report their hiring number on a quarterly basis and share best practices. The Mission launched in March 2011 with a goal of hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. The website also includes resources and tips.

Career One Stop:

A one-stop website for employment, training and financial help after military service including the Military-to-Civilian Job Search tool where Veterans and service members can search for jobs based on the skills and experiences they gained in the military.  Also included are tips for job searching and links to national, state, and local resources specifically for Veteran job seekers.

Military Friendly and G.I. Jobs

Victory Media, a veteran-owned business, adjudicates lists that capture best practices in recruitment and retention of military personnel as civilian employees, students and franchisees.  They provide career resources advice, and job listings (Job Finder), through the G.I. jobs website, as well as a list of the top 100 veteran friendly employers updated annually.

Mynextmove.org:

Whether you are seeking to explore careers by key words, industry, or search careers that are similar to the name or code of your military classification, this is a comprehensive resource to explore the next stage in your career. 

Veterans Enterprise

A military and Veterans business network connecting highly trained and motivated transitioning soldiers to career opportunities.  Also included are helpful articles, job search advice, and a list of employers dedicated to recruiting Veterans. 

Hire Veterans:

Connecting US Military Veterans with civilian careers. 

Virtual Career Fair:

Provides real time access to industry leading employers through virtual career fairs.

 

Job Search Resources-Federal

Clearance Jobs:

Matches job seekers who hold active or current Department of Defense, Department of State, and Department of Energy security clearances to hiring employers and recruiters looking for skilled security cleared candidates.

Cleared Jobs:

A job board for security cleared job seekers to find their next government contractor, defense or intelligence job.

Fedshirevets.org:

From the makers of USAJOBS, this is the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s government-wide Veterans employment website. It is a critical component of the federal government’s strategy for the recruitment and employment of veterans. Find multiple tools and valuable resources here for all U.S. Veterans - job opportunities, forms, benefits, and program information as well as training assistance for private sector employment.

The Resume Place:

Kathryn Troutman, known as "the federal resume guru," includes information and resources on how to write a successful federal resume, including Knowledge Skills Abilities (KSA) builder to match federal applications.

USAJobs:

The main portal to apply for all federal employment opportunities.

U.S. Department of State Veterans Employment Program:

The U.S. Department of State employs adventurous, adaptable, well-rounded strategic problem-solvers, from diverse educational, geographic and cultural backgrounds and perspectives, with a desire to make a contribution to our global society.

United States Department of Veteran Affairs:

The VA offers a variety of services and benefits to Veterans including information about employment, housing, education, healthcare, disabilities and much more.

 

Disabilities and the Workplace

Lime Connect

A global not-for-profit organization that's re-branding disability by attracting, preparing and connecting high potential students and alumni who happen to have disabilities for scholarships, internships, The Lime Connect Fellowship Program and full-time careers with their corporate partners including Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, TD Bank, PepsiCo, Google, Target, BMO, RBC, IBM Canada, and TD Bank Group.   

Warriors to Work:

Provides career guidance and support services to Wounded Warrior Project Alumni interested in transitioning to the civilian workforce.  Specialists can help set attainable goals, build an effective resume, prepare for an interview, and network with local employers.

 

Creative Resources

Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF): 

AITAF honors the military by engaging, inspiring & educating them through exposure to the power & service of the performing  arts. Led by Adam Driver, Marine turned actor. @ContactAitaf

Veterans in Film and Television

A not-for-profit networking organization that unites current and former members of the military working in the film and television industry. @VFTLA

The Veterans Writing Project:

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 

Words After War:

Words After War is dedicated to building a community of thoughtful, engaged and skilled veteran writers. Through high-quality literary programming, we provide veterans, their families and civilian supporters with the tools they need to tell their stories.  See their list of creative writing websites@WordsAfterWar

 

Community Service Projects

Team Rubicon:

Team Rubicon seeks to provide 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:

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

Recommended Books

Out of Uniform:  Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition. Wolfe, Tom. Washington, D.C.: Potomac, 2012. 

User-friendly guide to career transition, job hunting and interviewing for all transitioning military personnel, regardless of service, branch, rank, rating, time in service, or time in grade. Shares tools and tactics designed to help to find a civilian job and career.

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 transition from the military world to meaningful employment in the civilian world.  The author is a Marine Corps Veteran and one of the founding partners of Four Block.