Veterans and their skills
1. EmployVets.com: EmployVets.com matches employers with veterans looking to return to the workforce. The website, powered by CareerBuilder, provides a variety of resources for veterans, including a job-search engine, a tool for discovering how one’s military skills translate to the civilian world, and career advice.
2. Veteran Entrepreneurial Transfer Inc. (VeTransfer.org): According to the website, VeTransfer.org’s mission “is to teach veterans how to become entrepreneurs and to assist them in accelerating their veteran-owned innovations.” The organization, which receives backing from the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs, turns veterans into entrepreneurs by helping them start their own businesses. Veterans are connected with the financing needed to get their venture off the ground and business volunteers and mentors who provide advice, guidance and support.
3. American Freedom Foundation Inc.: The American Freedom Foundation provides grants to organizations that support military veterans, including those related to employment. The Foundation has a special focus on aiding wounded or disabled veterans and their families, as well as the children of those killed in action. One of the most prominent ways the American Freedom Foundation raises money is through its American Freedom Festivals.
4. America Wants You: The recently launched site, AWY, brings together the private sector and corporate America to find job opportunities for men and women who have served in the U.S. military. CareerBuilder powers the job-search engine, which is free for both veterans and companies. Thousands of jobs are available in a variety of fields, including sales, customer service and information technology management, at companies across the U.S.
“AWY is one site with one well-defined mission; simply put, AWY is designed to get our veterans back to work,” says John Pike, CEO of AWY and a veteran himself. “Whether you have completed your service or are soon to do so, sites like AWY and all the others help in making a difficult transition a little bit easier.”
For veterans beginning the job-search process, Pike says they should arm themselves with as much information as possible via sites like AWY. They should also assess their skills — what they’ve done and what they’ve learned — and determine how these skills are transferable to the mainstream American workforce. “And finally, don’t just look for a job, look for an opportunity to use your skills to grow within an area where you can advance and prosper.”