Resources

1) Military Skills Translator: Convert your military experience into civilian language that hiring managers can easily understand. https://www.vets.gov/employment/job-seekers/skills-translator

 

2) Ultimate LinkedIn Profile Cheat Sheet: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ultimate-linkedin-cheat-sheet-michael-quinn/ . Content provided courtesy Michael Quinn has 10+ years as a Veterans Workforce and Training Management Expert & Advocate. He has over 10 years of experience leading the Human Resource and Workforce Development programs of organizations from 65 - 17,000 people and 14 years recruiting (full-cycle) foreigners for US intelligence programs give me a strong background in human resources and talent acquisition. Expertise with LinkedIn and an engaging leadership style enable me to keep companies at the front of human resource and recruiting trends.  He is a great resource for corporate ERGs who are looking to build out and enhance their Veteran recruiting and engagement programs. His LinkedIn profile is located at https://www.linkedin.com/in/quinnmi/

 

3) The Walt Disney Company Veterans Learning and Development Tool Kit: The Walt Disney Company is committed to helping veterans during their transition into the civilian workforce. Here you will find tools that are meant to help Veterans prepare for the next step in your career. These are all free resources courtesy of The Walt Disney Company which has shown to be committed to helping Veterans transition back to the civilian work force.https://jobs.disneycareers.com/heroes-work-here.  The toolkit includes both videos and PDF presentations:

  • Networking 101: Learn how to use the military emphasis on teamwork to create your own personal support team as you begin your post-military career search.
  • Resume Writing: Learn the basics of resume writing using the same direct writing approach you used in the military, practice translating your military skills to civilian terminology on paper and get the interview! 
  • Acing the Interview: Plan for all three steps of the interview process: preparation, rehearsal and follow up with tips like what to bring with you to the interview and how to answer tough questions.
  • Military Transition: Learn the steps to a successful transition from the military back into the civilian workforce.

 

4) Military Times Rebootcamp https://rebootcamp.militarytimes.com/: A new website dedicated to transitioning veterans. Rebootcamp spotlights employment, education and entrepreneurship issues.

 

5) Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) (https://military.microsoft.com/programs/mssa/): Provides transitioning service members and veterans with critical career skills required for today’s growing technology industry. MSSA provides an 18-week (or two 9-week terms) training for high-demand careers in cloud development, cloud administration, cybersecurity administration, or database and business intelligence administration. Program graduates gain an interview for a full-time job at Microsoft or one of our hiring partners.

 

6) DoD SkillBridge Program https://dodskillbridge.com : The DoD SkillBridge initiative promotes the civilian job training authority available for transitioning military Service members. Service members meeting certain qualifications can participate in civilian job and employment training, including apprenticeships and internships. Such training can take place starting up to six months prior to a Service member's separation. Additionally, the training must offer a high probability of employment and be provided to the Service member at little or no cost. Through DoD SkillBridge, tremendous potential exists for Service members, companies, trade unions, and others for leveraging this new DoD authority.

 

7) Work opportunity tax credit (WOTC) https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/work-opportunity-tax-credit: WOTC can reduce our federal income tax liability by as much as $9,600 per employee hired.

 

8) Free One-On_one Career & Resume Advice (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/free-one-on-one-career-résumé-advice-phone-from-top-chris-jones/) If you’re a professional in the Greater Nashville area and could use some free and confidential 1-on-1 career and/or résumé advice from uber-recruiter, Mark Newsom - he is all yours for about 20 minutes, by phone. And it won't cost you a dime.

 

9) Next Move For Veterans https://www.mynextmove.org/vets/ A free online resource aimed at helping Veterans making the transition to figure out what their next steps will be (e.g. career, industry, etc). Includes resources to look up careers based on keywords, browse career options by industry, and look at what careers may "fit" your military classification. It also includes the O*Net interest profiler which can help you further target your next step. 

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