RESOURCES FOR VETERANS
National Resource Directory
Connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families and those who support them to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.
Veterans Job Bank
Provides access to nearly one million private-sector job openings drawn from job boards that have posted or specifically tagged jobs for veterans. Employers can transfer their own job Web postings to this site.
Veterans Employment and Training Service
The U.S. Department of Labor's website for job searching.
e-VETS Resource Advisor
Enables veterans to quickly access information and resources on benefits and compensation; education and training; employment; family and caregiver support; health; homeless assistance; housing; transportation and travel.
Billed as a one-stop site for employment, training and financial help after military service.
Key to Success Career
Connects veterans and transitioning service members to career planning, training and job search resources available online and at local OneStop Career Centers (in Pennsylvania, the offices are called CareerLinks).
MyNextMove for Veterans
Allows veterans to enter their military occupational experience to explore related civilian occupations and find career information, job openings, job outlook information, salaries, apprenticeships and other related education and training programs. These sites also link to the National Resource Directory.
VA For Vets
This facilitates the reintegration, retention and hiring of veteran employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Offers career-search tools for veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing veterans and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
The state-run career counseling center network. There are dozens of offices around the state and each one has a veterans representative who will assist with career counseling, resume writing and other support.
Vet Job Central
Local job listings in the Pittsburgh region can be found at this link:
American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide
Copyrighted in 2009 by the National Veterans Legal Services Program, this free 649-page PDF book is an informal basic military training for Veterans. Although not intended to take the place of an expert, it provides a foundational understanding of benefits available to veterans.
American Corporate Partners
This mentoring program connects veterans with corporate professionals for a yearlong mentorship, based on career objectives and professional experience.
Employee Partnership Program
This is an Army Reserve site that lists all employers who have pledged to hire National Guard and Reservists.
A searchable database for former service members seeking work which also aids employers in identifying the transitioning military and veteran candidate. VetJobs is operated by a seasoned management team of professionals to assist companies, recruiting firms and hiring authorities to successfully reach the military market. Partly owned by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
A job board owned by Monster.com.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
A Department of Defense organization which assists Reserve and Guard members in conflicts with employers arising from an employee's military commitment.
The CHAMBER of Commerce Inc., serving North Pittsburgh, Northern Allegheny and Cranberry corridors, holds this quarterly employment seminar focusing on goal planning, resume writing, networking tips and interview skills -- with feedback. The next seminar will be held May 17 at Robert Morris University campus in Moon.
Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania
Office provides housing, employment, and other services to eligible veterans, service members and their families. Downtown Pittsburgh and Johnstown locations.
Operation Troop Employment Job Fair
On May 15, Dollar Bank joins with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Soldiers and Sailors and Allegheny County to host the third annual Operation Troop Employment job fair for military veterans. It will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Details: 412-263-2701 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
America's Heroes at Work
www.americasheroesatwork.gov is a Department of Labor technical assistance and public awareness campaign targeting America's employers. America's Heroes at Work focuses on the employment challenges of returning service members and veterans living with Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The initiative equips employers and military support systems with the tools they need to help veterans affected by these conditions succeed in the workplace.
Hiring Our Heroes
Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) is also working with the private sector to increase the employment of veterans and returning service members. The first of these initiatives is with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber, in partnership with VETS and ESGR, will have conducted more than 400 hiring fairs for veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses by the end of this year. Through this partnership, the Chamber and its affiliates secure the participation of employers, while the VETS team and ESGR focus on participation by veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses.
Helmets to Hardhats
Helps members of the Armed Services find careers in the construction industry.
The trucking industry in general has nearly 200,000 unfilled jobs for skilled truck drivers with commercial drivers licenses. Ryder Trucking is one company that is actively recruiting veterans on its website.
U.S. Green Building Council
The "green" building industry is looking for LEED-certified construction workers, and this site provides a comprehensive listing of green jobs. Veterans can get that LEED certification reiumbursed by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The U.S. Green Building Council has 15,000 member companies who have pledged to hire veterans.
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First Published April 15, 2012 1:30 PM