I should start by saying that veteran’s with service-connected disability ratings qualify for civil service preference. This can be quite beneficial if you’re considering entering the federal job market after leaving military service. USA jobs acts as the federal government’s digital hiring portal – and should be the starting place for any veteran considering civil service.
Build a profile in advance of applying for work, upload necessary documentation and references, and then dive into that market. And know that if you’re entering the federal work force as a service-connected disabled veteran, you not only have civil service preference but also protections in place in the event of absences from work linked to your disabilities. The federal bureaucracy isn’t a fit for all, but the protections offered to service-connected disabled veterans may outstrip what the private sector would provide.
Also worth noting is that includes an eBenefits Employment Center that acts as a link between job seekers and hiring employers. Many employers use this tool to reach out to veterans specifically, looking for employees that are instilled with a sense of honor and discipline that comes with the time in service. The Employment Center also offers assistance in translating skills into more corporate-friendly terms, help and tips for resume building, information about Career Fairs specifically for veterans, and more resources.Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (V/RE) offers another support system for certain veterans: specifically those with service-connected disabilities rated at 20% or higher (although 10% can qualify in some circumstances). V/RE helps veterans find work that fits within their disability limitations, but can also offer financial support for education – including a housing allowance. While V/RE tailors the work they are doing to the veteran they are assisting – the decision to focus on seeking work, developing new skills to find new employment, or pursuing a degree is one made with the advice and support of a counselor, but is meant to be guided by the specifics of the case.With the mention of V/RE it feels necessary to, at least briefly, mention the GI Bill. Yes – the GI Bill is less intended to find employment and more intended to fund the education of a veteran. Still, the pursuit of higher educational opportunities can directly lead to new career opportunities and advancements. While the GI Bill is a far less direct method to finding employment, it may well be worth considering for those that still have their benefits available.One final resource that is far less known, but still can be quite useful depending on your local community, is to contact Veterans Service Organizations in your local Regional Office to inquire about local career fairs and businesses that prefer to hire veterans in the area. You can identify your local office by using the following link and picking your state/territory:Click Here For The US Government Veterans Job Board
After selecting your state or territory, click on the link for the applicable Regional Benefit Office. From there, select ‘Visitor Information’ and ‘Veterans Service Organizations’ along the left-hand side of the web page for the Regional Benefit Office. Veterans Service Organizations are not employed by the VA, but they can offer assistance and guidance at the local level – and that carries enormous weight.