By Anthony Dupree | May 24, 2020
An estimated 250,000 U.S. military members enter civilian life each year. These brave men and women possess an array of leadership and business skills that make them a valuable asset to any civilian organization. Despite their potential to succeed in the civilian workforce, many struggle with making the transition.
Being a veteran myself, I know firsthand how difficult this transition can be. When it comes to finding a job, where do you even begin? How do you translate what you’ve done during your years of service into skills and experience that would resonate with civilian employers?
The good news is many employers recognize the value military veterans can bring to an organization and are eager to recruit them.
Knowing that employers are ready and willing to hire military veterans, the men and women transitioning from active duty need the right resources to help them match their skills with available opportunities.
Tech tools to find veteran-friendly jobs
One of the obstacles ex-military personnel face when job searching is understanding how to find civilian job equivalents to the roles they held in the military. That’s why CareerBuilder supports Google Cloud’s job search feature, which enables transitioning service members to find relevant civilian jobs available right now on CareerBuilder.com and our clients’ talent networks.
Using the Google Cloud Talent Solution feature, U.S. military service members can enter their military occupational specialty code (MOS, AFSC, NEC) on CareerBuilder and find relevant civilian jobs that require similar skills to those used in their military roles. (You can also include rank codes, for example, 11A for Infantry Officer or 11B for Infrantryman.)
Utilize online veteran communities
CareerBuilder and RallyPoint, one of the largest military-focused online networks in the world, formed a partnership designed to help veterans quickly connect with top employers who want to actively recruit them to work for their companies. CareerBuilder powers RallyPoint’s job board, connecting RallyPoint’s 1.5 million military members to their network of thousands of employers.
Transitioning service members often rely on sites such as Military Times for unbiased news and information affecting their military and civilian lives. Their career site hosts a wide range of jobs across industries from employers actively looking to hire veterans, and comprehensive tools for service members and veterans to use in their job search.
Top skills veterans should highlight on their resume
In addition to functional skills and accomplishments, veterans, especially those who feel underemployed or are in low-paying jobs, should highlight their soft skills when marketing themselves to employers. In particular, employers say they look for these skills that members of the armed forces typically bring to organizations after leaving active duty:
Industries hiring veterans
Employers say veterans are being recruited across a wide variety of functions, including:
Employers see the tremendous value in hiring transitioning military personnel and veterans – and these service men and women are just as eager to start their civilian careers. With the right resources and tools to help employers connect with veterans and veterans find the right jobs for their unique backgrounds, we’ll move closer toward the goal of having all veterans gainfully employed in meaningful post-military careers.
Anthony Dupree is CareerBuilder’s Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer. Dupree is also a decorated Army Reserve Officer who served for 28 years before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He received numerous awards, including the Bronze Star for Operation Iraqi Freedom – the second highest award for any soldier to receive. This post was originally published on August 28, 2018 and has been updated.