Veterans Day is a time to thank veterans for their contributions to our nation, and welcome to the civilian workforce the roughly 200,000 servicemembers who leave the service every year. Transitioning personnel face many decisions: figuring out changes to their benefits, revamping their budget, and planning for a civilian job. If you’re like the majority of veterans, you might want a career different than what you did in the service. Here are some resources to help.
Check out Military Consumer’s advice to get you started. DoD and other agencies offer training and counseling as you prepare to leave the service. Transitioning Veterans is a free DoD program that helps you navigate benefits. Call 800-342-9647 or start a live chat at MIlitaryOneSource.mil to schedule an appointment. The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs Transition Assistance Program offers career counseling.
If you’re interested in working for the federal government, Feds Hires Vets has information about veterans preferences, the federal hiring process, and job listings. Search CareerOneStop for information in your state’s job bank, including special programs for veterans.
Know that some employers check into your background before deciding whether to hire you or keep you on the job. When they do a background check, you have certain rights under federal law. Before you apply for a job, order a free copy of your credit report so you can fix any mistakes before an employer sees it. To get your free credit report, visit AnnualCreditReport.com or call 1-877-322-8228.
On Veterans Day and always, we thank you for your service and sacrifice.