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Employment is an important issue for Veterans. Helping Veterans find and obtain employment, as well as advance their civilian careers is a high priority. The information provided here is designed to provide you with answers and resources in finding and obtaining employment, as well as making career decisions and excelling in the workplace.
Looking for help creating a resume, writing a cover letter, or completing a job application?
The Veterans Employment Center (VEC) is the federal government’s single authoritative internet source for connecting transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans and their families to meaningful career opportunities. The VEC is the first government-wide product that brings together a reputable cadre of public and private employers with real job opportunities, and provides transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans and their families with the tools to translate their military skills into plain language and build a profile that can be shared – in real time – with employers who have made a public commitment to hire Veterans. In connection with the First Lady and Dr. Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, Defense and Education, the Small Business Administration, and the Office of Personnel Management, collaborated to design and develop the VEC to incorporate the best features of existing online employment tools.
Trying to describe your military experience, skills, or positions in civilian terms?
The Skills Translator translates military educational and job training to the civilian workplace. http://www.taonline.com/mosdot/ *
The Military Skills Translator is offered by VAforVets which allows customizable job postings based on your skills and capabilities. https://mst.vaforvets.va.gov/mst/va/mos-translator
The Jobs Thesaurus finds job descriptions to describe a job you held while in the military. http://www.taonline.com/jobsaurus/ * -->The Jobs Thesaurus finds job descriptions to describe a job you held while in the military. http://www.taonline.com/jobsaurus/*
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A number of organizations offer job listings and career fairs that are available both in-person and virtually to help Veterans find employment. You can find a full listing of Upcoming Veteran Career Fairs on the Veterans Employment Center .
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VetNet ( http://www.vetnethq.com/* ) is a technology-based platform positioned to assist Veterans, transitioning Service Members, and their spouses, find and prepare for meaningful post-service careers. VetNet is a dynamic and interactive platform, where each week live content will be delivered and focused across three ‘tracks’ of workforce preparation and training. These tracks include:
- Basic Training Track : Get ready for the workplace with resume writing workshops, learn and understand paths to work, school, or self-employment…and also connect directly to a database of over one million Veteran-preferred jobs.
- Career Connections Track: Learn about different career options and opportunities by participating in weekly video chats with industry experts, and get advice from Veterans eager to share their career experiences.
- Entrepreneur Track: Is business ownership is right for you? If so, participate in online seminars focused on the nuts & bolts of business ownership, and weekly ‘hangouts’ with experienced entrepreneurs.
Looking for federal employment or internship opportunities?
USAJOBS ( http://www.usajobs.gov/* ) houses all federal employment listings.
The US Department of the Treasury posts job positions and offers non-paid internship opportunities to wounded warriors and Veterans through the Operation Warfighter and Non-Paid Work Experience programs.
- Treasury Department Careers for Veterans, http://www.treasury.gov/careers/Pages/veterans.aspx
- Veterans Employment Open Positions, http://www.treasury.gov/careers/Pages/positions.aspx
The US Department of State participates in Operation Warfighter, has a Veterans Program Office, and employs military spouses using a hiring mechanism, the Family Member Appointment (FMA).
- Helping Military Families and Veterans: Programs at the U.S. Department of State, http://www.state.gov/militaryfamilies/index.htm *
- Veterans Program Office, http://careers.state.gov/learn/who-we-are/diversity-inclusion/veteran-s-program-office *
- Family Member Appointment, http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c21653.htm *
Operation Warfighter offers civilian agencies the opportunity to provide temporary/part-time internship opportunities for injured Service Members recovering at DC-area military medical facilities. http://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/operation-warfighter/ *
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Visit VAforVETS to search job listings, see job fair postings, and visit the Career Center. http://vaforvets.va.gov/veterans/Pages/default.aspx
Interested in starting your own business?
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has an Office of Veterans Business Development ( http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/1/2985* ) that provides Veterans counseling to start, grow, and succeed in their businesses. The site also provides information on how you can get help accessing capital, competing for federal contracts, and creating jobs. In addition, SBA also supports the National Guard and Reserve and their military families when a small business owner is called to serve. Some of their programs include (but are not limited to):
- Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV): training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 Veterans with service-related disabilities. http://whitman.syr.edu/ebv/ *
- Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE): training, networking, and mentorship for women Veterans. http://www.whitman.syr.edu/vwise/ *
- Operation Endure & Grow: online business training for National Guard and Reserve members, their families, and business partners. http://www.whitman.syr.edu/endureandgrow/ *
Interested in a specific career field or industry, such as…
Teaching? Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin new careers as teachers in public schools. http://www.proudtoserveagain.com/ *
Construction? Helmets to Hardhats connects Veterans to promising careers in construction. http://www.helmetstohardhats.org/ *
Environment? Veterans Green Jobs helps Veterans transition into their communities and find career opportunities across all environmental sustainability sectors of our economy. They offer training and experience, directly employ Veterans, and offer entrepreneurial opportunities. http://veteransgreenjobs.org/ *
Welding, plumbing, pipe fitting, sprinklerfitting? The United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Sprinklerfitters (UA)'s Veterans In Piping (VIP) Program provides returning Veterans with 16 weeks of accelerated welding training. The program is preceded by an additional two weeks of transitional training to help returning Veterans to adjust to civilian life. http://www.uavip.org/ *
Financial services? The Wall Street Warfighters Foundation prepares disabled Veterans for careers in the financial services industry. http://www.wallstreetwarfighters.org/about.html *
Were you wounded or injured or have a disability?
Real Warriors provides a descriptive list of programs and resources available to wounded and injured Veterans. http://www.realwarriors.net/veterans/treatment/career.php *
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- Job Accommodation Network, http://askjan.org/ *
- National Resource Directory, http://m.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/ *
- Department of Justice's booklet ADA: Know Your Rights Returning Service Members with Disabilities, http://www.ada.gov/servicemembers_adainfo.html *
Interested in what employment services the VA offers?
The Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO) is a strategic program management office that provides employment and career management resources designed to attract, retain and support Veteran employees at VA and across the federal government, including those serving in the National Guard and Reserve. VESO develops and implements innovative and comprehensive programs, procedures and services to support federal Veteran recruitment and VA retention and reintegration. Programs and services include career services in VA, matching your experience to Federal job opportunities, recruitment and career readiness support, disabled Veterans affirmative action program, and human resources support. http://vaforvets.va.gov/veso/pages/default.asp
Compensated Work Therapy is a VA vocational rehabilitation program that focuses on matching and supporting work ready Veterans with competitive jobs. Additionally, it provides information on consulting with businesses and industry regarding their specific employment needs. Programs at different locations include Incentive Therapy, Sheltered Workshop, Transitional Work and Vocational Assistance, Supported Employment and Post-Employment Supports, and Transitional Residence. http://www.va.gov/health/cwt/veterans.asp
The Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service (VR&E) VetSuccess Program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp
Looking for other resources on employment?
The Department of Labor's VETS offers a variety of resources, including information on the Federal Veterans Hiring Initiative, information on USERRA laws for members of the National Guard and Reserve, and much more. http://www.dol.gov/vets/ *
Furthering your education to obtain employment?
Check out the student Veterans of America, a coalition of student Veterans groups on college campuses across the United States. The coalition's mission is to provide Veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. http://www.studentveterans.org/ *
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Your chance to make a good first impression in a crowd – without handing out $100 bills – is even more difficult when your first contact is a job resume fighting for consideration in a pile on an employer’s desk.
A military career can be a leg up in that regard, not only because it distinguishes you from the great majority of job seekers, but because military careers nurture and sharpen skills coveted by the civilian world.
That’s not a recent development. Military experiences paying dividends in the civilian afterlife has been the trend for a good long while and for plenty of good reasons.
The unemployment rate for veterans is dropping again after fluctuating during the pandemic – a time when getting your footing in the job market was the equivalent of steadying yourself on stormy seas.
That unemployment rate for veterans is lower (4.2%) compared to non-veterans (4.6%) and is clearly headed in the direction of the 3.1% veteran unemployment of 2019.
That’s good news for anyone making the transition from military life (assuming you need the job and you’re not sitting on a $60 million trust fund. If you are, call me.)
No matter the ample opportunities to apply skills such as leadership, team building and perseverance in the civilian world, the best jobs won’t just fall in your lap.
It’s important for veterans to know the many resources available and how to craft a resume that can help the transition into a competitive workforce.
Building a Competitive Military Veteran Resume
Your skills might well be translatable in a variety of fields. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a field where military experience wouldn’t be a good fit. But if the language used on a resume to introduce those skills is in dire need of a military-to-English dictionary, you’ve likely wasted a terrific opportunity.
Beware military jargon. Speaking in acronyms might be how you’ve communicated for the past number of years. And as Shakespeare said, brevity is the soul of wit, but if you’re not applying for a job with a military contractor or the Department of Defense, you need to leave the acronyms behind.
Most terminology in the military simply does not translate. Know your audience. Use more approachable language on a resume. The time might come for you to use that terminology you became so comfortable with, but that time is not when you’re writing a resume.
Keep in mind that you have one chance, and a brief one at that, to make a winning first impression. Research suggests job recruiters will usually decide on a candidate’s qualifications quickly, sometimes within 10 seconds.
So while you’ll find many effective veteran resume building services somewhere online, be careful not to simply slap and paste your experience into a resume template. Make the most of your chance to stand out – again, paying close attention to the language you use.
You can find military-to-civilian thesaurus help online. An example: instead of referring to oneself as a “hand receipt holder,” it’s significantly more relatable to call yourself a “logistics manager” or “supply manager.”
Platoon commander is no doubt a complex and challenging position. That complexity and challenge might well be understood better if you “provided the required training and support to lead a 60-person team in projects from start to finish.” Otherwise known as “missions.”
Converting Military Experience to Civilian Resumes
Getting the acronyms out of your resume when applying for veteran jobs is a good first step, but you also need to understand the common strategies used to translate military experience into an attractive civilian resume.
There are differences in style as well as resume format and vocabulary. If there is one bit of broad advice that covers the successful translation of your military experience to a civilian job application it’s that you need to know your audience.
Style: Hiring managers aren’t so much assessing you on the basis of individual tasks undertaken and accomplished. They’re viewing you as a complete candidate and are especially interested in seeing how your skills have evolved given the challenges you faced along the way.
Format: Military resumes often list the most relevant jobs and skills first. That can be impressive. But a civilian hiring manager will want to trace your career evolution – most recent job first, down to your (often humbling) entry level position.
Resume writing experts recommend you list your work experience in the 10-15 years prior. Resume writing coaches caution that condensing your military record accordingly – especially if you’ve had almost that many military roles – can be a challenge but is nevertheless important.
A chronology can help hiring managers see how your skills (and no doubt high recommendations along the way) led to your rise up the ladder.
Vocabulary : Your goal is to make your military experience understandable and relatable to someone who probably has all the respect in the world for your career but doesn’t have the background to decipher jargon.
Acronyms may be unavoidable in some cases since they often are part of the job title listed. In those cases, it’s better to spell out the acronyms and explain any definition or topics that aren’t common knowledge to the civilian sector. Try using a military skills translator to help you figure out what employers are asking for and match their phrasing.
Again, your goal is for the person doing the hiring to see you as a candidate capable of smoothly transitioning into a new workplace. That challenge is many faceted, whether the candidate is a veteran or has no military experience whatsoever. In either case, it starts with how you communicate.
Types of Veteran Resumes
The concept of “knowing your audience” covers everything from the kind of jokes you might tell at a church fundraiser to how you’d tailor a resume based on the job you’re seeking.
How you translate your military experience in a resume seeking a corporate job will be different in ways both minor and significant to how you’d translate that same experience in a resume seeking a federal job.
The same applies to the kind of job within those respective fields; for instance, a management versus non-management position.
Military to corporate job resume : Those skills you developed in a disciplined, accountable military career might be just what the corporate world wants and needs.
Your job is to show how “leadership,” “perseverance” and “team building” – skills that might well seem matter-of-fact in a military career – translate in a corporate setting. Those are real strengths you’ve solidified over the years. Don’t let that get overlooked by failing to make their importance understandable to a hiring manager.
Military to federal job resume: Federal jobs are a natural landing spot for military veterans seeking civilian jobs. There are more than 350 job types filled by civilians at the federal level.
Some government employment opportunities may even offer preferred status to veterans over non-veterans. But since it is a natural landing spot, it’s also ultra-competitive. Crafting a resume that stresses the skills, talents and strengths that set you apart is crucial.
Military to government contractor resume: This is also a popular next chapter for veterans. You might even have worked at the same – or quite similar – job that a government contractor is trying to fill.
Government contract work can offer a much less stressful transition. Assuming you demonstrate your particular set of skills in a way human resources departments find relatable and understandable, you might be able to use some of that military jargon we warned against. But use it carefully.
Management role resumes: “Leadership” can be such a static term. Don’t let it be that.
These types of resumes need to emphasize a veteran’s experience in leadership positions. Use examples of team building. Tell how you motivated your team (not your platoon) despite different personalities and backgrounds to reach successful results (not missions).
Executive role resumes: These resumes build on the management role resumes already discussed. They need to highlight experience in
leadership, business knowledge, organization, and teamwork.
Make sure to highlight applicable experience in these areas. If you do this successfully and use the proper language, those skills could be seen as more of a fit than a projection.
Along with knowing your audience, know yourself. Take a hard look at what kind of job you want and what kind of job best fits your skills. Then pick the most appropriate resume type and be sure to highlight your relevant skills in a way that both military and non-military members will understand.
Job Programs and Veteran Resume Help
Transitioning to the civilian workforce after a military career is exciting but certainly not without its stresses. Fortunately, there are programs available to help support veterans in making the transition.
Resume writing is only one tool at the disposal of veterans needing support and direction. That support and direction also come in the form of financial assistance, and job placement and other aspects of transitioning from a military career.
Resume Engine : Helps translate your military record into a strong resume that civilian employers can understand. Your completed resume is viewable by thousands of employers using the site to look for qualified job candidates.
My Career Spark : Resume builder for military spouses. It’s an effective job search and prep tool that helps candidates set goals and track their progress.
LinkedIn Benefits: Offers a free premium account for one year and access to LinkedIn Learning’s library of classes for professional development. Benefits job seekers as well as employers who are looking for the most qualified veteran candidates.
CASY : Free job placement assistance through job boards and job prep services to veterans, military, and military spouses. Offers a direct introduction to certain employers on behalf of qualified candidates.
Hire Heroes USA : The website says it all: “When heroes get hired, companies prosper and America grows stronger.” Offers free job search assistance with career coaching, resume writing, mock interviewing, mentoring, job sourcing and career events for active-duty service members, military spouses and veterans.
Indeed: Offers several avenues of support, including a job search boot camp and resume review that includes a curated 10-minute video with personalized recommendations.
VA for Vets : Provides employment readiness assistance and outreach for
VA Federal Employment opportunities. Provides guidance in the hiring, support and management of veteran and military service member employees.
The transition to the civilian workforce can be overwhelming but available resources like resume writing services, interview preparation and job placement can help simplify the process and put you in position to let your skills and talents speak for themselves.
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Members of the military making the transition to civilian employment have excellent skills that the workforce demands. As a result, the unemployment rate for former members of the armed forces is relatively low. In September 2023, the unemployment rate for Veterans was 3.6% according to the Department of Labor. These numbers have fluctuated significantly due to the pandemic, but they are steadily dropping back down toward 3.1% , where Veteran unemployment hovered in 2019.
Over the years, Veterans tend to enjoy lower unemployment rates . Many U.S. Veterans agree their military service has helped them gain valuable skills for jobs outside of the military. If you’re transitioning to civilian life, you probably have similar skills and experiences that can help you obtain employment. This guide will explain how you can present your military experience in a resume to help you earn civilian jobs.
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Translating Military Experience to Civilian Resumes
The first step toward getting a job after your military career is to create a Veteran resume. You probably have many marketable skills that employers demand right now – the challenge is translating your military expertise into an attractive civilian job application.
Military and civilian jobs are significantly different, so it makes sense that they have a unique format. They differ in many ways, from the document’s style to the language people use to describe their skills. Understanding the expectations of civilian employers will help you tailor your resume, so it appeals to their needs.
Here are the main differences between military and civilian resumes:
- Style: A military resume is skills-based, highlighting the applicant’s most relevant expertise. Civilian resumes are slightly different. Hiring managers want to see the progression of your skills and how they’ve led to your greatest accomplishments.
- Format: Members of the military have many different jobs throughout their careers. When applying for a military profession, you often list your most relevant jobs and leadership experiences first. Civilian resumes tend to follow a chronological order, starting with your most recent position and working backward. Experts recommend including the last 10-15 years of your career. If you’ve held dozens of military roles, fitting them all on your resume can be a challenge.
- Vocabulary: People in the military use acronyms and jargon to explain their roles and responsibilities. When writing a military transition resume, you should assume your employer has minimal knowledge of military operations and terminology. Spelling out acronyms and explaining your accomplishments in simply, non-military terms can help civilian employers understand your skills.
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In a competitive job market, writing an excellent military transition resume isn’t always enough. Studies show job recruiters will decide if you’re a good candidate in a mere seven seconds . And that’s only if your resume survives the first automated keyword scan used by 90% of large companies .
You must craft your civilian resume carefully to show you’re qualified for a particular position. This includes using the language and keywords the employer used in the job posting. Many of your military skills and responsibilities can help you stand out if you describe them as relevant real-world talents. For example, instead of saying you were a lieutenant commanding a 45-person platoon, you could say you provided the necessary training and support to lead a team of 45 people.
You only have a few seconds to stand out from a pile of other applicants, so writing an impressive resume is crucial.
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- Military to corporate job resume services : The corporate world needs the discipline and tangible skills many Veterans have. However, the typical Veteran resume doesn’t emphasize skills such as leadership, team building and other transferable skills in a way that corporations understand. Our CareerProPlus Veteran resume services help you create an application that’s focused on results.
- Military to federal job resume services : The government employment market is vast, with more than 2.1 million civilians working for the federal government in 2023. It’s also a very diverse market, with more than 350 different types of jobs . If you’re transitioning to a government career, the CareerProPlus team can help you create a customized resume that focuses on your talents and strengths — stressing your advantages as a job candidate.
- Military to government contractor resume services : Government contract jobs can be lucrative if you get them. Simply using Veteran resume builders online may not emphasize the depth and breadth of relevant experience in a way that human resources departments can understand. Our personalized services get to the heart of what you need to include on your resume.
- Management resume services: The discipline and leadership required of military careers are in demand in managerial positions. Highlighting these skills in a way that Human Resources can understand can be a challenge, so let CareerProPlus services help you put your best foot forward.
- Executive resume services: Executives require business knowledge, discipline, organization, teamwork and leadership. CareerProPlus can help you showcase these abilities, so corporations recognize that you’re a team player and a powerful asset.
How to Build a Military Veteran Resume
There are plenty of Military Veteran resume examples online, but simply printing a generic resume and adding your information may not be enough to impress hiring managers. Military resumes use specialized terminology that may not transfer directly into civilian job applications. If you want a job outside of the military, you’ll need to use approachable language and even a different format to attract attention.
At CareerProPlus, you’ll work one-on-one with our Certified Master Military Resume Writers to create an impressive resume to land a new career. With our help, 99.6% of our clients are completely satisfied and motivated to compete in the job market. Email us a copy of your military performance evaluations, awards, training and citations, along with the listing for the job that you want. We’ll provide a veteran resume rich in relevant keywords, content and accomplishments based on your military experience.
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As a veteran who has served our country in a unique way, you know that transitioning to a civilian job can be a challenge.
Your military experience is an asset and your resume should reflect what skills you have acquired through it.
But even the most decorated veterans need to have a resume that resonates with civilian hiring managers and recruiters.
Because military jargon is very different from civilian jargon, you can’t rely on an average resume writer.
A professional resume writer knows exactly how to market your military skills and experience, translating them into language the readers will understand.
We scoured the Internet to bring you this curated list of the best veteran resume writing services in America.
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You will work one-on-one with an elite and certified resume writer in the United States. Find My Profession commits to working with each client until they are 100% satisfied. Don’t worry about having a limited number of edits or a set amount of time with your writer.
Find My Profession is a virtual company. While they provide services in your area, they don’t have a physical office for in-person visits. You’ll communicate directly with your writer via email and phone calls.
4.9/5 based on 394 Trustpilot reviews 4.9/5 based on 276 Sitejabber reviews 5/5 based on 147 Google reviews 5/5 based on 53 Facebook reviews 5/5 based on 8 BBB reviews 5/5 based on 4 Yelp reviews
3 – 5 business days (can expedite to 2 business days)
$395 – $995
(831) 888-0967 or [email protected]
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ResumeZest is trusted by professionals from companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, Oracle, GE, Adobe, Uber, and Facebook. Their resume writing team has written resumes for more than 75 industries. A 60-day interview guarantee backs up every resume they write. Each resume is also ATS compliant and keyword-optimized.
ResumeZest is a very well-rounded company. They offer affordable pricing and quick turnaround times. You will work with a high-quality, certified writer and receive excellent customer service. They are also members of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC).
ResumeZest is one of the newer companies on this list. While they do a great job and their writers have many years of experience, the company was only founded in 2020.
4.9/5 based on 113 Trustpilot reviews 4.9/5 based on 83 Google reviews 4.8/5 based on 68 Sitejabber reviews 5/5 based on 12 Facebook reviews 5/5 based on 4 Yelp reviews
$279 – $479
(888) 530-4911 or [email protected]
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Employment BOOST is a full-service resume writing services company based in Troy, Michigan. They help veterans and individuals in the military transition into professional roles in the civilian sector by creating high-impact resumes. They are partnered with top organizations to provide opportunities to veterans.
Each member of the resume writing services team at Employment BOOST is located in the United States. They remain on top of what’s happening in the job market. All the writers have bachelor’s degrees from top colleges and are Certified Professional Resume Writers (CPRW).
We could not find any information on the website about the professional resume writers or the leadership team at Employment BOOST. Also, there are no resume samples to review on the site. It would be great to be able to see the quality of work they provide.
5/5 based on 206 Google reviews 5/5 based on 22 Yelp reviews
3 – 5 business days (can expedite to 24 – 48 hours)
(888) 468-6495 or [email protected]
Empire Resume was founded in 2011 by a former USAF captain, Dr. Phillip Steven Gold. He combines his passion for resume writing with his extensive military experience to help veterans/military personnel transition into the civilian workforce. Dr. Phillip holds a PhD in Business Administration.
Empire Resume offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee with their services. If you do not land an interview within 30 days, they will edit your resume for free. If you do not receive an interview within 60 days, they will revise your resume again.
The prices are quite affordable, but the packages are based on their services instead of career level. This could be an issue for entry-level individuals. All communications are conducted via phone. You do not have the option of interacting with your writer face-to-face.
5/5 based on 192 Google reviews 5/5 based on 86 Bark reviews 5/5 based on 10 Facebook reviews 4.5/5 based on 3 Yelp reviews
3 business days
(801) 690-4085 or [email protected]
Career Confidence Resume Services
Career Confidence is led by Cassie Hatcher, a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Veteran Career Strategist (CVCS ) . Cassie is an Air Force “brat” with 10+ years of writing experience in military resumes. The company has worked with all military branches and across a wide range of MOSs.
Career Confidence has a 100% money-back guarantee. Their resumes balance visual appeal with an applicant tracking system (ATS) friendly design. You will work directly with an experienced military resume writer who specializes in helping service members transition into the civilian workforce.
Career Confidence Resume Services is a growing resume writing boutique that only accepts a set number of clients at a time to ensure high-quality services. If they are over capacity, you might have to wait for your resume. The turnaround time is also quite long compared to other services on the list.
4.3/5 based on 9 Trustpilot reviews
10 business days
$699 – $2,199
CareerPro Plus is part of CareerPro Global, which was founded in 1986. It is America’s leading military transition and veterans resume writing services provider. Based in Georgia, CareerPro Plus assists ex or retiring military in their transition to civilian life and aids them in landing lucrative careers. Barbara Adams, founder & CEO, is a Master Military Resume Writer (MMRW).
Most of the team members and military resume writers are senior enlisted and military officers. Their resume services are vetted by thousands of enlisted and military officers each year. The military resume writing team has over three decades of experience working with veterans, with a 99.6% success rate.
There are no resume service packages mentioned on the site. You’ll need to fill out a contact form to get an exact quote or learn more about the resume packages.
4.7/5 based on 42 Facebook reviews 3.5/5 based on 9 Yelp reviews
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Veteran Mentors is the brainchild of Jason Burks, a self-employed career mentor specializing in providing expertly crafted, ATS-friendly resumes to veterans. Since 2014, he has helped numerous veterans transition into civilian jobs. After serving 15 years in the US Army, Jason’s current mission is to support veterans on their career journeys.
Jason is a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches. He has witnessed firsthand the many challenges that come with service members exiting the military. Jason has helped hundreds of talented people land their dream job or change careers through compelling resumes.
The prices of the resume writing services are not mentioned anywhere on the site. There is no mention of the expected turnaround time for the first resume draft. Jason does not offer any satisfaction guarantees either.
5/5 based on 7 Google reviews
(719) 992-3450 or [email protected]
Resume Target is one of the highest-rated professional resume writing services in North America. They empower job search and career transition for all career levels and types of military professionals. Amos Tayts, founder and president, holds decades of experience in executive recruiting for Fortune 500 companies.
All the resume writing services are backed by their trademarked Triple Promise Guarantee, which includes 90-day interview and 100% satisfaction guarantee. You get to work with an expert team of professional resume writers who have extensive experience and background in all industry and career levels.
Although they hire experienced professionals, we could not find any useful information about any of the professional resume writers on the site. This can be worrisome since you have no clue who is actually working on your resume.
4.6/5 based on 365 Google reviews 4.8/5 based on 48 Facebook reviews
$199.95 – $749.95
(877) 777-6805 or [email protected]
TopResumePros is a nationally recognized expert resume writing agency based in Portland, Oregon. Top Resume Pros serves a diverse clientele, with a special focus on active duty, inactive duty, and veterans military service personnel all over the United States.
TopResumePros has a team of Certified Professional Resume Writers (CPRW) with extensive experience and expertise in creating customized resumes for veterans, defense contractors, and other industry professionals. This ensures clients a smooth transition to the corporate world.
TopResumePros serves a wide range of clients, from veterans to high school graduates and senior-level executives. But it appears that their services are not backed by any guarantees. Also, there is no information on any of the specific resume writers on the company’s website.
4.7/5 based on 125 Google reviews 4/5 based on 42 Yelp reviews 4.6/5 based on 27 Facebook reviews
3 – 7 business days (can expedite to 24 – 48 hours)
$159 – $259
(800) 604-1929 or [email protected]
Hire Heroes USA
Hire Heroes USA is the nation’s leading veteran employment nonprofit organization that helps veterans and military spouses find new careers. John Bardis, founder and chairman, empowers U.S. military members, veterans, and their spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce through personalized support, including resume writing.
Hire Heroes USA is funded exclusively through public donations and private grants, so their services are absolutely free of cost. They have built a national reputation of excellence, earning a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and the GuideStar Platinum Seal.
If you are not a U.S. military member, veteran, or spouse, you’ll need to check out the other services on this list.
4/5 based on 2 Google reviews
~1 – 2 days
(844) 634-1520 or [email protected]
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The New Frontline: Are you a Veteran who is looking to transition into the civil workforce?
Joining the civilian workforce is much different than serving in the military. As a veteran-owned company, Hire Our Heroes understands the challenges veterans face when separating from active duty. HOH began ‘Veterans Strong’, a military to civilian transition assistance program, designed to aid veterans in their move from the battlefield to the corporate frontlines. HOH delivers workshops and seminars targeted at veterans, focused on reinforcing interviewing skills, resume building, social media skills, coaching, mentoring, and job placement. Hire Our Heroes will demonstrate how to translate military service into highly sought after civilian skills. We work to provide the best in career guidance and support services, and match your skills and experience to the needs of organizations looking to hire. Our specialist can help you:
- Set attainable goals with our one-on-one assistance
- Prepare for an interview
- Build an effective resume and cover letter
- Network with local employers
- Find training courses to refresh or build skills in a particular field of interest
- Teach you about educational programs and how to take advantage of the benefits offered from your military service
- Utilize those benefits to boost your career and enhance your education
- Obtain real-world advice from successfully transitioned veterans
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- All-veteran board of trustees from all branches of the military
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Veterans Strong Transition Workshops and Seminars
Launch your career with the assistance of Hire Our Heroes. We invest in comprehensive training and development programs to help you take your military service and apply it to corporate America. HOH holds one-day workshops for veterans interested in taking their service to the next level. Participants receive free, one-on-one mentoring which includes resume writing assistance, interview preparation, social media skills, and more. All coaching is provided by HOH’s staff of dedicated veterans who have been through military to civilian workforce transitional stages, just like you. Our personal attention to each participant will help to ensure your individual goals and needs are met, separating us from other transition assistance programs. Veterans sit down with real experts, get individualized, hands on assistance, providing the most impact in this unique, one day workshop. Each session will teach transitioning and recently separated service men and women how to effectively search for civilian careers and boost their ability to interview, thereby increasing their chances of a successful transition.
- Discover how your military experience translates into civilian opportunities, take self-assessments to learn where your strengths lie, and build professional resumes to apply to jobs matched to your skills.
- We offer current and potential employees a one-stop shop for career planning and exploration. Our Veterans Strong program helps vets define career goals and provides guidance on training, education, and professional experiences necessary to chart a successful, long term career path with HOH backing you all the way.
- Our dedicated Veteran mentors ensure you will have the tools you need for professional development.
- Veterans Strong is a full-service training platform to enhance on-the-job performance. New feature include individualized plans, a 360 degree evaluation of your skills, and career competency and performance plans. Veterans will also have access to HOH’s blog, networking opportunities, social networks and videos for on-the-go training.
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Whether you are looking for work that’s full-time, part-time, or remote, we will help you meet your goals. Our services are personalized to you, and are available to U.S. military members, veterans, and military spouses for free.
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Our process is simple: provide personalized career coaching, expert mentoring and job sourcing, then watch veterans and military spouses find great jobs.
When you register with Hire Heroes USA, you get access to our services for free. These services include; career coaching, resume writing, mock interviews, and mentoring.
Our programs at Hire Heroes USA are personalized to empower your career journey. From crafting federal resumes that tell your unique story, honing your interview skills through mock interview sessions with one of our dedicated volunteers, or providing dedicated one-on-one career coaching from one military spouse to another, we’re committed to supporting you exactly where you stand. Our tailored programs include Junior Enlisted, Alumni, Serving Spouses, Federal, Volunteer, and Women Veterans.
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The Defense Department estimates that as many as 245,000 enlisted service members and officers will leave each year through 2019, according to "US Military Veterans' Difficult Transitions Back to Civilian Life and the VA's Response," a report published by Brown University.
And many service members are not remotely prepared for their transition, even after attending a transition assistance program. And the choices about how and where to get help are confusing, not useful or out of date.
Here is a list of various resources, websites and organizations that can help former military service members find -- and thrive -- in their next occupation.
Federal Government Veterans' Employment Resources
Veterans Employment Center : The VEC is the federal government's single online tool for connecting transitioning service members, veterans and their families to meaningful career opportunities in the public and private sectors. The VEC was created in collaboration with the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, Defense and Education, the Small Business Administration and the Office of Personnel Management.
U.S. Department of Defense - Veterans : The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest federal employer of veterans. This DoD recruitment website provides veterans who want to serve as a DoD civil servant the information and opportunity to do so.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission : Provides a veterans guide and FAQ for understanding employment rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in areas such as recruiting, interviewing, special hiring preferences and accommodating veterans with disabilities.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) FEDSHIREVETS : This OPM government-wide veterans employment website provides federal employment information, including details about veterans' preference, how federal jobs are filled and unique veteran appointing authorities designed to help veterans find a job within the federal government.
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) : The DOL has multiple websites providing employment resources and assistance to veterans, including but not limited to:
- America's Heroes at Work: provides an employer toolkit for developing or enhancing a veteran's recruitment and hiring initiative.
- Recovery and Employment Assistance Lifelines (REALifelines) provides online resources and contact information for one-on-one employment assistance to help wounded and injured service members and veterans transition into the civilian workforce.
- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) provides information from the DOL Veterans' Employment and Training Service, including rules and regulations related to employing veterans, fact sheets and access to the USERRA's interactive tool that answers questions about employer rights and responsibilities.
- Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) provides employment resources and expertise for meaningful careers for veterans, employers and service providers.
- Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act, as amended (VEVRAA) , provides information and technical assistance resources related to the DOL Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program's (OFCCP) new regulations to improve job opportunities for protected veterans among federal contractors, such as hiring benchmarks, invitation to self-identify and data collection.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) : The VA has multiple websites providing employment resources and assistance to veterans, including but not limited to:
- Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) provides information on CWT also known as Veterans Industries, and access to the VA vocational rehabilitation program that matches and supports work-ready Veterans in competitive jobs, and consults with business and industry regarding their specific employment needs.
- The Veterans Affairs Career (VA Careers) site provides career development resources and detailed information about career opportunities offered at the VA.
- The Veterans Employment Toolkit provides a variety of resources for employers, managers or supervisors, and human resource professionals.
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for Veterans provides access to vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development and job-seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services.
Private Sector Veterans' Employment Resources
Following is a list of select private sector veterans employment resources providing free career, training and employment services and support.
AbilityOne program: The Defense Department is the largest customer of the federally managed AbilityOne program, which works with private and public groups to provide goods and services to the government and jobs for the blind and other people who have severe disabilities. The program's diverse national workforce includes more than 1,500 military veterans with disabilities.
CareerOneStop: An American Jobs Center website providing veterans access to valuable online resources to find or keep a job.
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) : EBV, a collaboration of eight college, university and training institutions, offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business development and management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. All services are free of charge to eligible veterans.
Helmets to Hardhats : Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects trades and other employers in the construction industry with qualified veterans and provides free federally approved apprenticeship programs. Helmets to Hardhats supplements its existing program with the Disabled American Veterans' "Wounded Warrior" program.
Hero 2 Hired (H2H): H2H employment coordinators provide free quality career readiness assistance to Reserve component service members preparing for the next civilian career, as well as assistance to employers interested in hiring veterans. H2H has employment coordinators in each state, territory and the District of Columbia.
Hire Heroes USA : Hire Heroes USA (Hire Heroes) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating job opportunities for U.S. military transition ing service members through personalized employment training and corporate engagement. Services, such as effective job search, job application, job interviewing techniques and resume review, are provided at no cost. A partner website, VetNet , is a career resource collaboration between the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and Hire Heroes.
Hire Our Heroes : Hire Our Heroes assists transitioning veterans in gaining full-time employment. No-cost services include one-on-one monthly coaching and mentoring sessions by veterans and volunteers out of Corporate America, networking events and group training across North America. Assistance with resume writing, social media training and connecting with employers looking to hire veterans is also provided.
JOFDAV -- Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans : Offering a nonprofit job board for Disabled American Veterans (DAV), this organization works in concert with many Wounded Warrior transition command centers, disabled veterans outreach programs (DVOPs), local veterans employment representatives (LVERs) and multiple military organizations to support veterans in their job search for employment. Veterans can register free of charge and post resumes to gain access to more than 40,000 active jobs.
Paralyzed Veterans of America -- Operation PAVE: Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) has offices in every VA spinal cord injury center and provides one-on-one career counseling to all veterans seeking to transition to civilian employment. All services, from résumé assistance, interview preparation, vocational counseling or employer networking, are provided at no charge.
RecruitMilitary : RecruitMilitary is a veteran-owned and -operated firm specializing in assisting employers with military-to-civilian recruiting by using veteran career fairs, professional recruiting services and a diverse range of targeted online and traditional recruiting mechanisms. Recruit military also provides job board registration free of charge to veterans and their spouses .
Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) : The IVMF provides resources and support services to veterans and their families to identify and pursue employment opportunities, leveraging skills and experiences gained in military service and new skills and knowledge gained post-service. The IVMF assists employers with strategies to recruit, assimilate, retain and advance veterans and military families in employment.
Veterati: Veterati is a first-of-its-kind digital mentorship platform built by veterans and a military spouse specifically for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses. This platform allows our target audience to network and connect with multiple business professionals who volunteer their time to provide feedback, guidance and advice through live conversations. This past year, Veterati helped thousands of service members and military spouses receive career guidance, job preparedness, job leads and land real jobs.
Wounded Warrior Project - Warriors to Work Program (WWP) : Through its economic empowerment services, the WWP offers higher education programs, information technology training and employment assistance services to encourage economic empowerment to provide long-term financial stability supports to wounded warrior s who incur service-connected wounds, injuries and illnesses (physical or psychological) on or after Sept. 11, 2001. Employers interested in this program can post jobs and review the resumes of qualified veterans with disabilities.
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