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Government Resources for Records and Benefits:
START HERE -> Veterans Employment Center: Access tools and resources designed to help Veterans and transitioning service members. This is the one-stop E-Benefits web site originally launched by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Military Service Records: National Archives link to access your military service records including DD-214, NCOER, OER and OMPF.
Joint Services Transcripts (JST) - Provides a description of military schooling and work history in civilian language. Air Force Veterans, contact the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) to receive transcripts.
Veterans Preference Advisor: U.S. Department of Labor site to help determine your eligibility for Veterans Preference and to validate your preference rating.
Military Spouse Veterans Preference (MSP): Military Spouse Preference (MSP) is a program that was developed by the Department of Defense (DoD) to help lessen the interruption of spouses’ careers when they have to move due to the service member’s receipt of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders.
Educational Resources and Credentialing Opportunities for Veterans from the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs:
Voluntary Education: The Voluntary Education and Military Tuition Assistance programs can help veterans both strategically and financially. Use these resources, tools and articles to help plan your education.
Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) - Click the link and search for VMET to be redirected to retrieve your VMET from your service in the Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines. Coast Guard: Contact your transition center for additional resources to help support you during your transition.
ARMY COOL and NAVY COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line): Identify potential civilian licensure and certificates relevant to your MOS or NES, view related civilian occupational opportunities and learn about solving potential gaps between your military training and civilian licensure. Also provides insight on how to pay for licensing tests with the GI bill and whether any are accepted for college credit.
G.I. Bill Comparison Tool –The GI Bill comparison tool provides key information about college affordability and value so beneficiaries can choose the best education program for their needs.
Government-Supported Job Posting Links and Information for Vets:
Joining Forces: A national initiative to engage all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Since the first days of the Obama Administration, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have met with military families, learned about their successes and challenges, and made it their priority to support them.
Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS): The U.S. Department of Labor’s VETS serves America's veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights. American Job Center: Provides a single access point - open 24-7 - for key federal programs and critical local resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and tap into resources to gain skills in growing industries.
Transition Assistance Program (TAP): The U.S. Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) was established to meet the needs of separating service members during their period of transition into civilian life by offering job-search assistance and related services. This site includes priority application process at American Job Centers across the nation.
Career One Stop: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Provides tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals manage their careers. Includes Service Locator, a tool to help find veterans services and resources near you.
Federal Résumé Formatting: Insight from the USAjobs.gov web site.
VA MOS Skills Translator: Convert your military experience into civilian language that hiring managers can easily understand.
Feds for Vets: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ Feds for Vets Career Center will help you smoothly transition to a new civilian career. All of the Career Center tools work together to help you market your experience and find the career that is right for you. Translate your military skills, experience and training to learn about VA career options that best use your capabilities.
Monster Veteran Employment Center: Translate your military skills, experience and training to find career opportunities that best align with your capabilities.
Transition Assistance Online (TAO): Use the translator tool below to convert your MOS code to a civilian occupation. Upon searching, you will be presented with a list of civilian occupation titles that match your military skill set. From the results list, you can easily search in our abundant military friendly jobs database for jobs that match the civilian occupations that you desire.
Resources for Military Spouses and Family Members:
Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA): A component of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program, is a career development and employment assistance program. MyCAA helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or Associate's Degrees (excluding Associate's Degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration) necessary for gainful employment in high demand, high growth Portable Career Fields and Occupations.
Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO): Ensures military spouses have 24-7 access to online education and career information, resources, tools and assessments. Using the tools and assessments, spouses can begin to explore their interests, skills, passions and personality type to determine the best fit for education and career choices.
National Military Family Association: The National Military Family Association Volunteer Corps is made up of service members, spouses, parents, retirees, survivors,veterans and concerned citizens who want to support currently serving military families.
Transferring Occupational Licenses and Certifications: Information from the U.S.Department of Defense about some of the most popular occupations that require a license or certification.
Jobs with High Portability: Information from the U.S. Department of Defense to help military spouses find fulfilling work, build on your skills and experience and supplement the family income in spite of frequent moves, use this information to help you make informed career choices.
Army Wife Network: The Internet’s leading website for Army wives, by Army wives.
Military Spouses and Family Members Job Opportunities:
Military Spouses Employment Partnership (MSEP): A targeted recruitment and employment solution for spouses and companies seeking to employ military spouses. MSEP is part of DoD’s broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) initiative
Military Spouse Corporate Career Network: Focuses on employment readiness training programs, job placement solutions and no-cost services to all military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses and caregivers to war wounded heroes.
U.S. Army Civilian Personnel: The U.S. Army’s site to help shape the strategic direction of Civilian Human Resources and ensure the success of the Army with an effective and efficient Civilian workforce.
Army Civilian Service Job Opportunities: Army civilians are dedicated, experienced and committed to serving the Nation. We are an integral part of the Army team providing mission-essential support to the Soldier.
Department of the Navy Civilian Human Resources: Make important contributions by supporting the military and serving our nation. Most job opportunity announcements are posted on Department of the Navy's USAJOBS site.
General Veterans Hiring Sites and other Links:
Hero2Hired (H2H): Connects military trained job seekers with a job matched to their skills and talents. Makes it easy for Reserve Component service members to connect to and find jobs with military-friendly companies. H2H also offers career exploration tools, military-to-civilian skills translations, education and training resources.
Monster Veteran Employment Center: Job opportunities specifically for veterans from Military.com. Includes job postings for Veterans with Active Security Clearances.
Hiring Our Heroes: Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment.
100,000 Jobs Mission: A coalition of more than 130 companies that represent almost every industry in the American economy. Each company has committed to hire veterans, report their hiring number on a quarterly basis and share best practices.
Military Times: A unique veterans job search tool which uses your MOS or AFSC to find job opportunities.
Links for Employers Who Want to Hire and Support Veterans:
Veterans Employment Center: Make a difference in improving Veteran unemployment. Public and private sector employers can search thousands of résumés and post limitless jobs on the Employment Center free of charge.
Veteran Employment Toolkit: U.S. Veterans Administration’s site to help employers, managers and supervisors, human resource professionals, and employee assistance program (EAP) providers relate to and support their employees who are Veterans and members of the Reserve and National Guard.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR): A U.S. Department of Defense office which promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers. Includes information about USERRA, a federal law that establishes rights and responsibilities for uniformed service members and their civilian employers.
Supporting Veterans' Transition to Civilian Work: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs site to help employers understand how veterans bring diverse experiences, a variety of skills, and their military training to the civilian workplace.
Veteran Service Organizations, Non-profits and Groups Scott Supports:
The Commit Foundation: The COMMIT Foundation aims to create serendipity for men and women separating from the uniformed services and entering the professional civilian world. We create tailored transition solutions for top Veteran talent and are reaching Veterans across the nation through our small touch, high impact workshops and 1-on-1 transition assistance programs.
American Corporate Partners (ACP): Founded in 2008, ACP aims to ease the transition from the military to the civilian workforce. ACP is the only nonprofit organization engaged in national corporate career counseling for our returning military. Scott is pleased to serve as a mentor and advisor for ACP.
National Military Family Association – Mission: To fight for benefits and programs that strengthen and protect Uniformed Services families and reflect the Nation’s respect for their service.
Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) at the University of Central Florida: Recognizes and supports student veterans as they transition from military to student life. The VARC, a unit of the Registrar's Office, is a collaboration among the offices of Career Services, the Counseling Center, Student Academic Resource Center, Student Disabilities Services, and Transfer and Transition Services, and provides the home for Veteran Services.
The Vet Center: The Vet Center Programs are the people in VA who welcome home war veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. Vet Centers understand and appreciate Veterans' war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.
Marine Corps League (Orlando Detachment): To preserve the traditions and to promote the interests of the United States Marine Corps. To band those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service together in fellowship that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy. To fit its members for the duties of citizenship and to encourage them to serve as ably as citizens as they have served the Nation under arms.
Berkeley College, Veterans Resource Centers: Berkeley College has been empowering students for successful careers since 1931, and is dedicated to helping veterans, service members, and their families achieve their career goals. The Veterans Resource Center provides a location for veterans to receive information about their VA benefits; meet with the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs; socialize with other veterans; and obtain booklets, pamphlets, and other materials about a wide range of veterans benefits and issues.
Central Florida Employment Council: The Central Florida Employment Council (CFEC) was organized to assist Central Florida Businesses in economically and expeditiously filling job vacancies through the effective placement of qualified candidates within the community. CFEC Programs include monthly meetings for employers, job fairs and access to the database for job seekers and employers.
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