Zoomdojo recommends the top resource sites that provide career assistance to veterans. We provide a brief summary of how each resource can help you transform your military experience into a civilian career.
A Tip for Veterans from a Zoomdojo Young Professional
TechShop is a vibrant community, resource and space where members can learn how to use industrial-grade machinery and tools - from woodwork to metalwork to 3D printing to industrial sewing machines – and make their own products. Through its Free Training for Veterans @ TechShop program, it offers free membership and a $350 credit to Veterans to apply for classes. The estimated value of this offer runs up to $2000. Check to see if there is a TechShop in your city. This is a great resource for veterans of all ages to learn some impressive industrial skills and put their career search or entrepreneurial ventures into turbo-drive!
Resource Sites for Veterans
White House Joining Forces: Connects active service members, veterans and military spouses with the resources they need to find jobs.
100,000 Jobs Mission: The website for a group of leading U.S. companies who have made a pledge collectively to hire 100,000 Veterans by 2020.
Top 10 High Demand Jobs for Veterans from 2011 to 2016: A very good site!
Veterans Green Jobs: Training and employment opportunities in the green sector economy.
GIJOBS: Not the prettiest website but to the point and delivers good solid info! Not a government agency.
militaryfriendly.com: Lists the 100 best military-friendly employers.
Hiring Our Heroes: A program sponsored by the U.S. Chambers of Commerce.
Recruit Military: A veteran owned and operated career service organization which highlights companies which are Veteran Friendly Organizations. Check the website to find sponsored events in various cities.
VetFran Program: Over 400 Franchise Companies take part in the VetFran Program which provides incentives for veterans to become franchise operators. Click here for a directory of VetFran program companies.
Entrepreneurship Boot camp for Veterans: Get experience based training in how to become an entrepreneur and run a small business. For post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from service.
Red Cross Reconnection Workshops Post Deployment: Support Resources for Homecomings: Offered by the American Red Cross to help families cope post-deployment and after homecomings.
Some Veteran-specific Programs at Companies
SCORE: Provides free services to veterans to help them launch small businesses, via a mentor / tutor program called the Vetsfastlaunch.
Microsoft: Offers skills training through its Elevate America: Veterans Initiative Technology Skills Training Initiative.
The UPS Store: “Operation Enduring Opportunity” waives fees to start up UPS stores for 10 qualified Veterans for first time franchise opening in new location. No links are provided - only a press release.
TSS Photography: Part of the VetFran Program with the International Franchise Association. The current TSS president of the company is a former Marine Corps corporal. Click here to learn more.