Saluting Your Career: Where to Find Military-Friendly Employers in Your Area
Veterans can find a list of “military friendly” employers through the following resources:
1. G.I. Jobs: G.I. Jobs is a magazine and website dedicated to helping military veterans transition into civilian careers. They annually publish a list of the “Top Military Friendly Employers” which highlights companies that have a strong commitment to hiring and supporting military veterans.
2. Military.com: Military.com is a website that provides resources and information for military personnel, veterans, and their families. They have a job search tool that allows individuals to search for jobs with military-friendly employers.
3. Hiring Our Heroes: Hiring Our Heroes is a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation that connects military veterans with employers. They have a job board that lists job openings with military-friendly companies.
4. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): The VA provides a number of resources and services to help military veterans transition to civilian careers, including job search assistance and career counseling. They also have a list of companies that have signed the VA’s Veterans Talent Pledge, committing to hiring and supporting military veterans.
5. National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA): NASWA is a national organization that represents state workforce agencies, which provide employment and training services to job seekers and employers. Many state workforce agencies have job search tools that allow individuals to search for jobs with military-friendly employers.
6. LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a professional networking site that allows individuals to connect with current and former colleagues, as well as job recruiters. Military veterans can search for military-friendly employers and connect with current employees to learn more about the company culture and job opportunities.
7. Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP): MSEP is a program that connects military spouses with military-friendly employers who have committed to hiring and supporting military spouses. This program is specifically designed to help military spouses find meaningful employment and career opportunities, regardless of their location.
8. State Employment Commission: Many states have employment and training agencies, known as State Employment Commissions, that provide resources and support for job seekers. These agencies may have a list of military-friendly employers and can assist individuals with their job search.
9. Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs): VSOs are organizations that provide support and assistance to military veterans and their families. Many VSOs have job search resources and can provide information on military-friendly employers.
10. College and University Career Services: Many colleges and universities have career services departments that provide job search assistance to students and alumni. These departments may have a list of military-friendly employers and can provide guidance on how to translate military skills into civilian terms.
11. Local Job Fairs: Job fairs are events where employers gather to meet with job seekers and recruit for open positions. Many job fairs specifically target military veterans and their families and may have a list of military-friendly employers in attendance.
12. Employee Referral Programs: Many companies have employee referral programs, where current employees can refer friends and family members for open positions. Military veterans can reach out to their network of friends and family members who work for military-friendly employers to learn about job opportunities.
13. Military-focused Recruitment Firms: There are recruitment firms that specialize in placing military veterans in civilian jobs. These firms have a deep understanding of military skills and can assist individuals with their job search and transition to civilian employment.
By referring to these additional resources, military veterans and their families can have even more opportunities to find military-friendly employers and transition into meaningful civilian careers.
It is important to keep in mind that a successful career transition takes time, effort, and a willingness to seek out and take advantage of the resources and support available.