Career, Job, and Entrepreneurial Tools for Transitioning Veterans & Former Military

This page is all about providing the best career, job, and entrepreneurial resources and tools geared especially for military personnel and vets making the transition to civilian employment — jobs and new businesses.

Quintessential Careers Military-to-Civilian Success Tools

Military-to-Civilian Transition: The Big Picture

Military-To-Civilian Transition Preparedness Quiz

Military-to-Civilian Transition Book Excerpts

Military-to-Civilian Transition Stories

Military-to-Civilian Transition Tips

Military-to-Civilian Transition Resumes

Military-to-Civilian Transition Networking, Skills Identification/Translation, and Working with Recruiters

Military-to-Civilian Transition Entrepreneurship

Military-to-Civilian Transition Resources

Quintessential Military-to-Civilian Career Site

Directional Motivation — an extremely useful career transition site, with a special emphasis on working with veterans — to assist you with identifying your past accomplishments and presenting them in a format that creates value to perspective employers within the private sector and enhancing your future career advancement. Founder Russ Hovendick has a passion and determination to assist military veterans in making a better, smoother transition. No cost to veterans.

Military-to-Civilian Career and Job-Search Tools

Bradley-Morris, Inc. — the largest military job placement firm in the U.S., providing military job placement services to job-seekers who are undergoing military transition, and job seekers with military experience who have worked in the civilian sector. A no-cost service to military officers, non-commissioned officers, and technicians from all branches of the military.

Career Command Post — specializes in bringing transitioning active duty military personnel and armed forces veterans together with civilian employers hiring for executive, managerial, professional, technical, skilled and semi-skilled positions, from the Military Transition Group, Inc.

Corporate Gray Online — where former military personnel can post your resume and search for jobs. Also includes some great articles and resources.

Defense Talent Network — a job board for the defense, aerospace and homeland security industries (and a good site for transitioning military personnel), where job-seekers can search jobs (by keyword, job type, work category, location), post your resume, and create a job-search agent. No cost to job-seekers.

Feds Hire Vets — the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Government-wide Veterans Employment Website. This website is a critical component of the Federal Government’s strategy for the recruitment and employment of veterans, transitioning service members, and military families.

G.I. Jobs — a job-search and career site for veterans, where you can search for jobs (by location, job title, keywords), learn about hot occupations for veterans, review educational resources, and find key career advice, from resume-writing to dressing for success. No cost to job-seekers.

Hero2Hired (H2H) — transitioning veterans can search and find jobs with military-friendly companies, create/post your resume, as well as also find career exploration tools, military-to-civilian skills translations, education and training resources, and a military skills translator. No cost to job-seekers.

Hire a Hero — a non-profit initiative that brings together former military job-seekers returning to the civilian workforce and military-friendly employers by utilizing Web 2.0 networking features. Registered job-seekers can search job postings from hundreds of job databases to find openings that match your skills. No cost to job-seekers.

Hire Heroes USA — an non-profit offering no-cost expert advice and services to veterans and your spouses, including: civilian job resume assistance, development of a post-military strategic plane, and the art of effective job search, job application, and job interviewing techniques. No cost to job-seekers.

Hire Patriots — a non-profit with a special mission of creating a nationwide safety net for transitioning veterans, where job-seekers can find almost any type of employment options — from one-day emergency income jobs to temporary and full-time positions. No cost to job-seekers.

Hire Veterans — a job board for veterans and transitioning military job-seekers, where you can search job listings (by job categories, location, keywords), post your resume, and sign up for job alerts. No cost to job-seekers. — if you are a disabled veteran and you are looking for work, this is the Website for you. Job-seekers can browse (by job category, location) or search (by keyword) job listings, post your resume, and register for job alerts. Includes additional resources. No cost to job-seekers.

Military Hire — operated by veterans for veterans, this site is all about helping service veterans (active duty, reserve, and national guard) and your immediate family members transition to civilian employment. Job-seekers can conduct a detailed job search, post your resume, and take advantage of career resources. Free to job-seekers.’s Veteran Jobs — where job-seekers transitioning from the military can find resources to get the most from your military experience and make the transition to civilian employment. Also includes networking possibilities. Free to job-seekers.

National Veterans Transition Services, Inc (NVTSI) — a non-profit with a mission of assisting veterans in making a successful transition from military service to civilian life, with all veterans achieving, within their potential, their goals in the transition domains of employment and career, education, living situation, personal effectiveness/wellbeing, and community-life functioning.

My Next Move for Veterans — a great tools for transitioning veterans who are not sure about civilian careers. Includes search tools for researching careers using a few keywords, browsing by industry, or searching using your military classification. From the U.S. Department of Labor. No cost to job-seekers.

National Resource Directory (NRD) — a site that connects wounded warriors, service members, and veterans to services that support them, including the resources you need as you transition from the military to a civilian career, programs and workplace supports for wounded warriors, and much more. Free to job-seekers.

100,000 Jobs Mission — launched in March 2011 by a group of leading U.S. companies with a goal of hiring 100,000 transitioning service-members and military veterans by 2020, job-seekers can search jobs (by keywords, location), as well as find additional excellent resources via the organization’s US Veterans Pipeline.

Orion International — a military career placement firm, helping find civilian careers for Junior Military Officers, Noncommissioned Officers, and Enlisted Technicians leaving the service, as well as veterans who have already transitioned but are seeking a career change. Services include resume and career assistance. No cost to job-seekers. — a great recruitment site that targets veterans and service members making the transition from the military to the civilian workforce — and your spouses. Services include: job searching by location and job type, military-to-civilian pay calculator, a resume builder, resume and cover letter folder (where you can store different versions to email to employers), a resume agent, and much more. Free to job-seekers.

Transition Assistance Online — a great, one-stop online shop for transitioning armed service members and Veterans. It offers a resume bank that allows interested employers from across the country to see your r