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Veterans face a unique set of challenges as they begin to develop their career prospects and enter the job and internship market. Successfully transitioning into a post-military career often involves defining civilian career ambitions, deciding on industries and professions in which military experience is an asset, as well as finding employers who value and accommodate veterans. While experience accrued in the military is often valuable to potential employers, making military leadership skills accessible to civilian employers in application material and during interviews can be difficult.

The Vassar Career Development Office can help veterans explore civilian career opportunities and adapt application material and job-search techniques to the civilian job market. Career counselors can help members of the Vassar community who served in the military define civilian career ambitions, fine-tune resumes, cover letters, and other application material, as well as take advantage of Vassar College’s network and resources. Interested students and alumnae should contact the CDO to make an appointment.

The CDO also recommends numerous online resources intended to help people wit veterans find jobs and internships and understand their employment rights and benefits under current US legislation: 

Posse Veterans Program

The Posse Veterans Program identifies and supports veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees at top colleges and universities across the country. By creating cohorts of veterans, preparing them for the college experience, and supporting them through graduation, the Veterans initiative will greatly increase veterans’ success in college and ultimately in the workforce. The Posse Foundation announced its Veterans initiative in 2012 and began the program in partnership with Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Department of Veteran Affairs: Employment and Jobs for Returning Service Members     

The Department of Veteran Affairs website offers numerous resources for returning veterans, including a listing of job boards tailored to post-military careers. The sites listed help veterans define career ambitions, structure their job search, find and veteran-friendly employers, and use their military experience effectively as they apply for jobs.               

A federal government initiative, is a comprehensive source for information on veteran employment issues and resources. provides a number of resources that can help veterans choose career paths and take advantage of their military experience in their job search. Aside from providing tools and resources that can help returning veterans and transitioning service members (as well as their families) find suitable employment, the site is a repository for information on employment laws as they pertain to former members of the military, veteran-oriented initiatives, and opportunities for employment with the federal government. The site also contains information for employers interested in, or unsure about hiring veterans.           


The main portal to apply for all federal employment opportunities. – Resume Guide

Geared towards returning and transitioning veterans, the Real Warriors Campaign promotes “processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery, and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.” The Campaign’s ‘Resume Guide’ is an especially useful resource, as it helps veterans translate their valuable military experience into the language accessible to potential civilian employers.

O Net Online

To compete for jobs and internships outside of the military, you will need to adapt your resume language to civilian terms. On O Net Online, click on “Crosswalk Search” to enter your military job code. This tool will translate your military assignment into a civilian occupation with keywords to help you write effective bullet statements.

Whether you are seeking to explore careers by keywords, industry, or search careers that are similar to the name or code of your military classification, this is a comprehensive resource to explore the next stage in your career. 

Career One Stop

A one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service including the Military-to-Civilian Job Search tool where Veterans and service members can search for jobs based on the skills and experiences they gained in the military. Also included are tips for job searching and links to national, state, and local resources specifically for Veteran job seekers.

Military Friendly

A list of the top 100 veteran friendly employers for 2014.

Hire Veterans

Connecting US Military Veterans with civilian careers.

Veterans Enterprise

A military and Veterans business network connecting highly trained and motivated transitioning soldiers to career opportunities. Also included are helpful articles, job search advice, and a list of employers dedicated to recruiting Veterans. 

100,000 Jobs Mission

A number of leading U.S. companies launched the 100,000 Jobs Mission in March 2011 with a goal of hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. Search the US Veterans Pipeline to learn about job openings across their member organizations.

Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Calculator

A military to civilian salary estimator. Type in grade, years of service, and a zip code to see the civilian salary needed to earn to maintain your current lifestyle.