When it comes to job hunting, no tool should be left unused. An advocate for veterans and service members for nearly a century, the American Legion has recently launched a powerful new career center to help veterans during their transition. If you're in need of a civilian job and served in the U.S. military, this is a resource you should not ignore.
Key features of the career center include:
- A Veteran Job Search tool, powered by Military.com, which helps veterans find current job listings near them. By entering a ZIP Code, veterans can easily find job listings that fit their skill sets within a chosen distance from home.
- A series of 10 custom-produced videos to help veterans start and succeed in business. The series, "Veteran Video Guide: Starting and Growing a Business," is sponsored by ADP and provides guidance from successful veteran entrepreneurs, including members of the Legion's Business Task Force.
- A listing of American Legion-sponsored or produced veteran career fairs nationwide, with links to registration sites.
- Links to important forms, sites and agency platforms that help veterans in the career search, including USAJobs.gov, the federal government's job-listing site, Department of Labor online tools to understand and calculate Veterans Preference points, and a VA Military Skills Translator.
The career center has been in the works for a couple of years according to Joe Sharpe, director of the Legion’s Veterans Employment and Education Division.
The center has received positive feedback from veterans, due in part to years of input from frustrated job-seeking veterans. "We wanted a better job board to assist vets in obtaining employment. Veterans have complained about how difficult other company's job boards are to use," said Sharpe.
With the pedigree and support of the American Legion and the expertise of Military.com, the new career center will serve as a strong stepping-stone for every veteran looking for a job.