Friday, November 4, 2016

Free Resource Helps Transitioning Service Members and Veterans Find Civilian Jobs

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog

In honor of all veterans this Veterans Day, I am highlighting a free U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) resource that helps military veterans find civilian jobs and that may be useful to other job seekers as well.

Transition from Military to Civilian Workforce Guide [Shy Job Seeker Blog]The resource is titled Transition from Military to Civilian Workforce Participant Guide.

It is a workbook that the USDOL Veterans’ Employment and Training Service uses in three-day workshops. The classes teach transitioning service members the job-search skills they need to land civilian employment today.

Topics in the workbook include identifying work skills and values, using social media in the job hunt, writing a resume and cover letter, finding opportunities, networking, contacting employers, interviewing, following up, and negotiating a salary. The resource covers the unique situation of veterans, such as understanding the difference between military and civilian work environments and transferring a military background to a civilian workplace.

Even if you are not a veteran, I suggest you take a look at the guide. Although much of the tool is focused on veterans, you may find just the help you need to move your job search forward.

You can find the workbook here or as an eBook on Amazon.

Thank you to all transitioning service members and military veterans for their service!