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 resume. TAO is a joint venture by Army Times publishing company and DI-USA, Inc. -- a job search engine for veterans that finds job listings from company career pages, other job boards, newspapers, and associations. You can search for jobs by keyword(s), location and register for emailed job alerts. No cost to job-seekers.


Veterans Green Jobs -- a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage, transition, and connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities -- building enterprise opportunities in solar energy, energy efficiency, and furnace services -- that serve our communities and environment. No cost to job-seekers. -- a great site for veterans and transitioning military personnel and their family members. Job openings for all levels and types of jobs. You can search for jobs (by type, keyword, and location), as well as post your resume. Includes other key resources for vets. Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Free to job-seekers.


VetNet -- operated through a collaboration between The Institute for Veterans and Military Families and Hire Heroes USA, serving as a platform to help veterans and their families find careers, start a new business. No cost to job-seekers.


Vet Success -- from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, a comprehensive one-stop job site, where veteran job-seekers can browse job listings, post your resume, and apply for openings directly on the site. No cost to job-seekers.


If you don't find exactly what you're looking for on this page, check out: General Job Sites.


Military-to-Civilian Entrepreneurial and Franchising Tools


Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) -- offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. The EBV is designed to open the door to business ownership for our veterans by developing skills associated with launching and growing a small business, and by helping leverage programs and services for veterans and people with disabilities.


MiltaryFriendy's Military Friendly Franchises -- find tools and resourse to help you find the best military and veteran friendly franchises, across a wide vareity of industries. Includes a franchse-matchmaker tool and a list of the top franchises for former military and veterans. No cost.


National Veterans Small Business Conference -- hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with other federal agencies and commercial partners, this annual conference is held in August and designed to help Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) maximize opportunities to compete for and win new business.


Quintessential Careers Entrepreneur and Business Start-Up Tools and Resources -- a collection of the best entrepreneurial and business start-up tools and resources to help you successfully start and manage your own business. Includes tutorial, Business Plan Tutorial: Tools to Help You Launch Your Own Business No cost.


Quintessential Careers Franchising Resources -- a collection of the best franchise, franchising tools and resources to assist you in making decisions about the right franchise for you. Includes article, Franchising Pros and Cons: Is Franchising Right for You? No cost.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Veteran Entrepreneur Portal -- a clearinghouse of information and links about starting a business, franchising opportunities, accessing capital, employment opportunities, and more. No cost.


U.S. Small Business Administration: Office of Veterans Business Development -- its mission is to maximize the availability, applicability and usability of all administration small business programs for veterans, service-disabled veterans, reserve component members, and their dependents or survivors. No cost. -- provides information about the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) efforts to verify Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDBOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs). Verification is the process that SDVOSBs and VOSBs must undergo in order to qualify for VA set-asides. No cost.


Veteranscorp -- dedicated to educating and empowering veterans interested in starting a small business. The site's mission is to help structure and facilitate collaborations between nonprofit and profit small business entities and veteran/service disabled veteran owned small businesses. No cost.


Veteran Entrepreneurial Training Symposium (VETS) -- an annual training event for veterans. VETS brings together federal agencies, prime contractors, and veterans to network and discuss how to take full advantage of the federally mandated contracting opportunities set aside for veteran-owned small businesses.


Veteran Fast Launch Initiative -- this program from SCORE, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs, is a combined package of training scholarships, free software and services, combined with SCORE's retired executive mentoring program in order to help accelerate the ability of veterans and their families to start and succeed as small business owners. SCORE has more than 350 offices across the country. No cost.


Veteran Owned Business Directory -- a comprehensive directory of small, medium, and large businesses owned by veterans (VOSB), active duty military, reservists, and service disabled veterans (SDVOSB). No cost for listing in directory.


VetFran -- helps returning service members access franchise opportunities through training, financial assistance, and industry support. No cost.


Other Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Tools


G.I. Bill -- official Website of the G.I. Bill from the Department of Veterans Affairs, in which you can find information about education benefits for active-duty military, veterans, and dependents. No cost.


And if you are looking for some networking resources, then go check out Quintessential Careers: Networking for Transitioning Military & Families.



Finally, for those looking for job and career advice in print, don't forget that for the complete list of career books (including specific books for former military personnel in transition), check out the Quintessential Careers Bookstore, in association with Amazon Books.


And if you are looking for a job in a specific occupation, you might also want to look in the list of industry-specific job Websites.