The American Rescue Plan of 2021 was signed into law by President Biden on March 11th. In this law, there is $386 million for the Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program. This new program will be able to offer up to 12 months of training and employment assistance for veterans who are unemployed to enter high-demand occupations.
Making the transition from service member to civilian can be challenging. The biggest challenge you will face is launching your new civilian career. The content and tools found at MyMilitaryBenefits can help you focus on the career path that best suits your life, experience and goals, while saving time and stress.
Find jobs with companies looking to hire veterans. Use our Veteran Job Matcher to get started today.
Nursing school is hard, passing the NCLEX is not easy, and working as a nurse is as challenging as it is rewarding. What might be considered the most difficult years of nursing are the transition years between student nurse and competent nurse. The VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program supports nurses during these transition years. The program bolsters the training of nursing school by offering additional time to hone clinical skills that are critically important to a successful nursing career.
Have you completed an advanced degree? Are you interested in a career helping veterans? If your answer to these questions is “yes”, then you should consider applying for the VA’s Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program.
As a civilian employer who hires veterans, you might be curious about what to expect. Veterans bring an amazing amount of skills to the workplace. They take what they have learned while in the military and apply that to their civilian jobs. Veterans can be a big asset to any civilian company. As an employer, here are the top 10 things you need to know about your veteran employees.
Learn about some of the many advocacy groups on a mission to help military spouses break through these barriers and learn skills to advocate for themselves.
USO Transition Program & 3 Tips for Transition Success The USO Transition Program connects service members and military spouses with over 40,000 resources. A Transition Specialist works closely with service members and promotes smooth transitions from active duty service into civilian communities. The USO Pathfinder Transition Program is will soon be renamed the USO Transition… Read more »
VETERAN ENTREPRENEURS: HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE VA’S OFFICE OF SMALL AND DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS UTILIZATION YET? The VA continually finds ways to support veterans in various avenues of their lives. Veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners have access to many resources online such as interactive tools, videos, webinars, and other resources. The Small Business Administration… Read more »
1 out of every 7 franchises is owned by a veteran. Veterans make some of the best franchise owners because of their knowledge, skills and experience gained in uniform. Many franchises offer veterans discounts. These highly rated franchises for veterans offer a 30% or more discount off their franchise fee!
The prospect of transitioning out of the service can be a serious upheaval. This can manifest in vastly different ways from veteran to veteran as he/she approaches the fateful day: one may fantasize about rendering a one-fingered salute, one may be broken-hearted, and yet another may be terrified by the uncertainty and change that lies ahead.
Is being on time part of the veteran DNA? In your civilian career, networking will be one of your most important tools, and your reputation within your network is built on your integrity and reliability.
Those who have served their country may consider looking to private industry to put their talents to work for them. Those with more management and administrative skills will be perfect candidates for franchise options. Below is a list of a few restaurant franchises that offer financial incentives to veterans for opportunities in the food industry.
For Military Spouses: How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile Military spouses can leverage the power of LinkedIn to achieve professional goals amidst the unique challenges they face. A strong network is a critical tool for spouses navigating frequent deployments, PCSs, and other unexpected professional hurdles while simultaneously juggling a career. Natalia, a Hiring Our Heroes… Read more »
Populations within the military perpetually fall in “gray areas.”When a job is threatened or lost due to unclear or non-existing regulations, systems that protect service members need to be improved. Unclear regulations should not exist in the realm of job security for National Guard members and Reservists.
No matter what position you take with climate change, one thing everyone can agree on is that solar power is here to stay. However, since Edmond Bacquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect in 1839, society has continued to study and invest in solar power. For veterans, there are unique opportunities designed just for you. Here we explore solar industry career options for veterans.
Don’t Miss Patriot Bootcamp — Application Deadline Dec 6 Do you have notions, dreams, or plans of becoming a successful entrepreneur? Have you ever envisioned using the skills you learned in the military to start your own company? If so, Patriot Bootcamp (PBC) may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Since its inception in… Read more »
Veterans are hardworking motivated individuals who often pursue their passion through entrepreneurship. Check out these veteran-owned breweries and distilleries and consider supporting them.
The VA is renaming the VR&E program from Vocational Rehabilitation (VOC REHAB) and Employment Service to Veteran Readiness and Employment Service. The program formerly known casually as VOC REHAB, will change its name to better align with its mission. The new name puts emphasis on mission of helping veterans reach their employment goals with less stigma associated with the name of the program.
For the military community, webinars can be a great tool if you are looking for a job. A webinar is a virtual live presentation or conference that many companies use to train, guide, network, or gain new employees.
USAJOBS, the Federal Government’s official employment site, has a reputation for being a tough nut to crack. It is a complex system that is quite different from most other application submission processes. Find insider tips on the best way to navigate USAJOBS.
For a limited time, the UPS Store will waive the $29,950 franchise fee for the first 10 veterans who qualify. Even if you miss out on the promotion, the UPS Store has a standing discount of $10,000 off the franchise fee with 50% off the application fee for veterans.
Looking for rapid professional advancement? Don’t put all your eggs in the “promote from within” basket. In the military, promotions are somewhat reliable. There is a formula for monetary advancements based on grade and time of service. It is only natural for a veteran to expect the civilian world to operate in a similar fashion. Well, it may not.
Are you an active duty service member close to transition, or a veteran? Are you interested in a career in Information Security? If the answer to these questions is YES, then please keep reading!
Military Spouse Myths Becoming a military spouse can be daunting. Moving away from the family and friends you grew up with and in some cases, leaving the comforts of your own country, can be stressful. Many people do not realize that all military spouses are different. Each spouse has their own way of living, making… Read more »
VA Careers For Veterans A career with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) comes loaded with comprehensive benefits, competitive pay, and other generous perks to help build a fuller, more balanced life for you and your family. VA has an unwavering commitment to support veterans, and that includes helping them build rewarding careers within… Read more »
Mentorship doesn’t have to end when military service does. There are organizations that offer veterans mentors to assist in their civilian career. Here’s a list of opportunities to be mentored, as well as to mentor others.
In an effort to showcase their commitment to the U.S. Military, there are a number of companies that offer apprenticeship and training programs specifically for veterans. Oftentimes, this can lead to an offer of employment once a program is completed.
Degrees in education are among the most portable careers for military spouses. A shortage of qualified professionals contributes to a high demand for educators in the US. Challenges related to license transfer from state to state can delay portability within the US. The list of barriers faced by spouses with education degrees becomes daunting in the OCONUS setting. Learn more about the top virtual opportunities for education professionals outside the US.
Top 3 Jobs for Healthcare Professionals OCONUS Healthcare degrees tend to be inherently portable. An aging population and shortage of healthcare professionals across the country results in a high demand for this field. Within the US, challenges related to license transfer from state to state can delay portability. The employment landscape – requirements for different… Read more »
New Virtual Paid Fellowship for Veterans and Military Spouses Partnering with Salesforce (formerly known as Vetforce), Hiring Our Heroes announced a new paid fellowship program for veterans and military spouses on May 21st. This program works to mitigate problems like overcoming employment barriers in the military community and bridging the digital skills gap. Unlike many… Read more »
Ideas for OCONUS Spouse Career Paths The appeal of a nursing degree to a military spouse is undeniable. If they are lucky, they will be stationed near a fairly large town with plenty of health care positions to be filled. However, some will be limited to opportunities on the base alone. This is the much… Read more »
Military spouses often experience career turbulence related to frequent PCSs and deployments. Imagine earning a degree or maintaining a professional license while the constant threat of being uprooted lurks in the shadows. This can cause a lot of anxiety, seemingly unanswerable questions, and financial strain. License Transfers for Military Spouses: How to Improve In February… Read more »
How to Prepare For and Find a Remote Job Landing a remote job can seem daunting if you’ve never considered remote work before and don’t know where to begin; however, it is becoming more and more common for companies to be fully remote or for companies to offer remote positions. For military spouses this means… Read more »
Hiring Our Heroes Programs One of our nation’s most cherished populations is the military community. It represents all races, ethnicities, and religions and is the most diverse demographic the world has ever known. As such, there are numerous challenges unique to this community, the greatest being the transition from military service back into “normal” life…. Read more »
Virtual job fairs are a great way for military and veteran job seekers to land a job by connecting with local or national companies from the comfort of their own home. Companies are looking for a wide range of candidates from college graduates to executive-level professionals.
Highlighting Online Veteran Businesses Today, small businesses around the country are faced with some extraordinary challenges. While we are stuck at home, we can support those small, veteran-owned businesses with an online presence. Our sister site, CollegeRecon, did a piece back in February that covered some really great businesses, and I want to take a… Read more »
Should You Consider a Career in Cloud Services? Cloud Services also commonly referred to as cloud computing are services consisting of storage, networking, analytics, intelligence, software, and application design. With 90% of companies operating in the cloud it is no wonder that in 2021 the cloud services market is set to reach $300 billion. On… Read more »
How You Can Grow Your Network as a Veteran What does your professional network look like? If you are transitioning from military to civilian employment, thinking about taking college courses, or navigating your sixth PCS as a military spouse, a strong professional network can answer specific questions. You know, the ones that scouring the internet… Read more »
If you have ever been stationed overseas with your service member, you know how difficult it can be to find a good job, and to continue your career. That is why this new initiative in the Far East will be amazing for military spouses. Often times, military spouses have to choose to stay back in… Read more »
“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it”. – Katherine Whitehorn, Journalist & Columnist Both an introvert working as a salesperson in a car dealership and an extrovert working in a quiet cubicle-divided office space would quickly realize the importance of personality matching for careers. While there… Read more »
Best Career Opportunities in the US In a study that came out in July 2019, Glassdoor reports being a tax manager is the best career opportunity with a medium base salary of $112,021 a year, and 4,803 job openings as of July 5th. The study analyzed millions of employee reviews on Glassdoor to identify the… Read more »
You may or may not be aware that there are job fairs where companies are searching for military, veterans and military spouses like you. Here we will compile job fairs near you that cater to transitioning military, veterans, and military spouses. Job Fairs For Military, Veterans and Spouses These job fairs are for military, veterans… Read more »
If you are looking for a job, going to a job fair is a smart idea. You can interact with employers, give out your resume, and learn more about the workplace and how to find a new job. Before you head to a job fair, you will need to prepare for the job fair. Here… Read more »
When it comes to looking for a job, not everyone will have a 4-year degree to do so with. It can be easy to think that you have to have one to find a good job, but that simply isn’t true. While getting your 4-year degree will help you on your career path, for some… Read more »
The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act allows each service branch to reimburse spouses up to $1,000 for relicensure and certification costs resulting from relocations or PCS moves that cross U.S. state lines – to include OCONUS to stateside moves. Military Spouses Will Now Be Reimbursed For Licensing and Certification Fees Due to PCS Marine Corps,… Read more »
You have been job searching for a while, and you finally got called back for an interview, you might be wondering about the interview itself. What should you do to prepare? What do you need to know going in? Here are the best interview tips to help you land that perfect job.
Websites for Veterans to Search for Jobs When you know your military career is coming to an end, one of the first things you need to figure out is what you will do for a career after you get out. You might decide to go to school first, or you might be looking for a… Read more »
Walmart announced the hiring of nearly 6,000 military spouses in the six months since they launched the Military Spouse Career Connection (MSCC) last Veterans Day. Now, in its sixth month, MSCC gives military spouses hiring preference for those who want to work at Walmart or Sam’s Club. The MSCC is a natural step for Walmart…. Read more »
Military life can make finding the right job very challenging for military spouses. With frequent moves, and having to be there for their families during deployments, taking time out for their own career can be difficult. The good news is, Blue Star Families, and Google’s Grow With Google program are rolling out digital skills training… Read more »
A military spouse who is re-entering the workforce after a long period of unemployment may need extra support to get back into a career. Many military spouses can benefit from help with resume preparation and career coaching, and that’s where MySECO comes in. Military spouses face unique career challenges. Our lives may be put on… Read more »