Career Resources for Veterans and Servicemembers

Career exploration and advancement are closely tied to one’s intersections of identity. The best Northeastern resource for career-related topics will be the Office of Employer Engagement and Career Design. Reach out to them for support in coaching groups and the Career Studio, which can provide one-on-one support to questions and tailored resources. They also offer many different coaching labs, which you can RSVP for here or on NUworks.
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Northeastern Resources

Employer Engagement and Career Design partners with the Dolce Center for the Advancement of Veterans and Servicemembers (CAVS) to support veteran and active duty students and alumni in their career exploration, job search, continuing education, and professional development.

Many offices at Northeastern will help you with identity related resources. NU PLACE has partnered with the following group to provide support for students and alumni to develop and achieve your career goals:

Check out the main Career Resources page for more resources.

National Resources

  • FourBlock – Career readiness programming and resources for a new generation of veterans, including a nation-wide professional community.
  • Go Government – Online guide for people considering, applying for, and securing Federal employment.
  • USAJOBS – One-stop-shop for searching and applying for jobs in the Federal Government.
  • RECRUITMILITARY – Job search database connecting employers with high-quality veteran talent.
  • Military and Veterans Career Training – Provides job search, resume posting, salary calculator, networking, job hunting tips, list of employers looking for military experience and many other resources
  • Vet Jobs – Provides job listings, ability to post resume, job search tools & tips, employment assistance and other resources
  • Transition Assistance Online – Career site for military veterans that provides job search, employer listings, veteran career fairs, transition tools, and other resources
  • Career One Stop – Connects veterans & transitioning service members with listing of job banks specifically for veterans and spouses, resources for starting a business and lots more
  • Wall Street War Fighters Foundation – Provides job placement services and offers “The Financial & Trading Education Program” for disabled veterans seeking careers in the financial services industry
  • Feds Hire Vets, US Office of Personnel Management –  Provides job search tools and information about veteran’s preference for veterans seeking jobs with the government
  • Veterans’ Employment and Training Service – A division of the Department of Labor; provides veterans and transitioning service members with information on grants, and other resources to maximize their employment opportunities
  • Student Veterans of America – Provides networking & conferences for student veterans; Internship scholarships and other scholarships.
  • Office of Veterans Business Development – Provides loan programs, and resources for veterans, service-disabled veterans, service members and their dependents or survivors to start their own business
  • VA For Vets – A variety of services are provided, including a military skills calculator, webinars, and other job search services
  • Hire Heroes USA – Provides veterans with resources and tips for jobs, and events including Career Fairs and their dependents or survivors to start their own business
  • USA Jobs – Provides job opportunities, training assistance and resources for veterans interested in federal government
  • Recruit Military – Provides job listings, resume posting, opportunity expos nationwide and veteran-friendly organization listings
  • Military Hire – Provides job listings, Veteran-specific career fairs, and other career resources (Veteran-owned firm)
  • The Lucas Group – Military Transition (Recruiter) – Provides military hiring conferences for veteran job seekers interested in many industries; For Non-Commissioned Officers through Senior Military Officers and Technicians; 18 locations, job resources, career advice, salary information
  • Orion International (Recruiter) – Veteran-specific job fairs and a wide range of resources, recruiters are former military; no exclusive agreements
  • G.I. Jobs – Provides career tips, job listings, transition assistance, success stories and other resources
  • Clearance Jobs – Provides job search resources and matches job seekers holding active security clearances with hiring employers and recruiters looking for skilled cleared candidates
  • Army Career and Alumni Program – Provides job assistance including job search tools, job fairs, employer listings and other links for army veterans
  • Veteran Readiness and Employment – Provides job search tools, career fairs, workshops, military-to-civilian skills translator, transition advisers, networking tips and links to other transition assistance resources
  • Troops to Teachers – Provides advising and referral services to military personnel interested in becoming teachers in public education, includes teacher certification requirements, programs leading to certification and employment opportunities
  • Military Connection – Provides virtual job fairs, job advice and job postings, scholarships, and salary calculators for all military branches
  • Veterans2Work – Provides recruitment services, job search support, vocational training, placement and post-hire support for veterans with service-connected disabilities
  • A Veteran’s Guide to a Job in Tech – This guide covers how military veterans can prepare for, find, and be successful in private sector technology jobs.
  • LinkedIn Learning – Thousands of professional development trainings at your fingertips, including building a LinkedIn profile and resume. Access this tool for free with your myNortheastern account.

Frequently Asked Career Questions

See below for resources and samples to address frequently asked questions by veterans and servicemembers searching for employment in the Northeastern community:

Start by removing all the military terminology and abbreviations from your resume. What may seem clear to you as a veteran/servicemember may not read clearly to civilians. When you’re done, have a civilian with no military knowledge review your resume. Do they understand it? What questions come up? What needs explaining? Anything that isn’t easily understandable should be revised.

Create a Master Resume. This is a document that you’ll never send to an employer. A Master Resume is a repository of all your professional experiences, skills/qualifications, education, volunteer work, etc. This can be as long as it needs to be to capture all that you’ve done. Consider pulling from past performance evaluations and previous job descriptions (JD) to help jog your memory. Now look at sample JDs for the types of roles you’d like to fill. How do they describe what they’re looking for? For example, does it mention that they want an “Experienced and effective team leader?” Rather than listing in your resume, “Awarded platoon leader of the month,” consider a different approach and use the formula: I accomplished X by doing Y for the result of Z. For instance, “Achieved a 0% employee attrition rate by implementing a new performance recognition program for a cost savings of over $75,000.”

Create Target Resumes for each new position you apply to. Do not use the same resume for every application. Review the JD and pull the bullets from your Master Resume that best support your qualifications for this particular position. If you put in the work on your Master Resume, creating these Target Resumes is much easier.

Don’t be afraid to take credit for the work you’ve done. In the military, it’s all about teamwork. However, employers aren’t looking to hire a team. They’re looking for one person to fill a role. If you want to be that person, you must speak to the things that you as a unique individual will bring to their organization. This is true for your resume as well as during the interview.

Learn to use “I” and speak about what YOU did/can do. You may have been a member of a team, but you had a role to play on that team. What was it? What did you bring to that role that was unique? How did your ideas and efforts make the team more effective?

Lots of organizations have a leadership deficit, and it’s a hard skill to teach. You’ve been through one of the best leadership programs in the world: the U.S. Military. Provide examples of what you learned and how you applied it but be sure to make your examples relatable.

What are the less often highlighted skills that come from military service? Leadership, teamwork, and attention to detail are often cited. What about creativity and innovation? Did you have a mission to complete without the necessary tool/technology/resources? Did you have to come up with a new way of completing a task? Were you successful? If not, talk about it in a positive way. What did you learn? How would you attack a problem like that in the future? Highlight examples of when you had to pivot and continue moving forward.

Use the STAR Method to answer behavioral interview questions. Describe the Situation, Task, Action, and Result. Organizing your responses in this way helps you answer the questions completely and effectively. This can also help keep your answers from being too short or too long and meandering.

Practice answering interview questions on Big Interview, a tool that allows you to record your interview answers. There are sections by industry, such as Government Interviews, in addition to many other industries. You will need to create an account using your myNortheastern log in.

Ask to join the CAVS email list by contacting [email protected]“Like” our Facebook page, and request to join our LinkedIn group by searching for “Dolce Center for the Advancement of Veterans and Servicemembers.”

Read “Get Networking On It” by Andy McCarty (USAF)

85% of all jobs are filled through networking (LinkedIn.com). This means that passive candidates who only submit applications online are not utilizing the best and proven method for securing employment.

Possible LinkedIn Groups to Join. There are over 600 groups for Vets including: “U.S. Government Connections” (Over 31,500 members), “U.S. Military Veterans Network” (Over 121,000 members), “The Value of a Veteran” (Over 24,800 members), “Orion Talent Military Network” (Over 5,200 members), “Military-Civilian: Hot Jobs and Careers for Veterans and Their Families” (Over 4,900 members), “US Veteran Recruiter-Candidate Connection” (8,300 members), “We Hire Heroes-Veterans Employment and Business Group” (Over 36,300 members), “Military 2 Career Support Network” (Over 3,100 members), “Recruit Veterans Employment Network” (14,500 members).

Requests to connect with someone on LinkedIn should always be accompanied by a note. Tell the person who you are and why you hope to connect.

Follow up. When you make a new connection, reach back out to cement the relationship. Connect on LinkedIn and/or send an email.

Networking opportunities are all around us. They can range from more formal events to simply asking someone to grab coffee.

Veterans tend to want to help other veterans. If you can identify a veteran employee at a company of interest, ask if you can pick their brain. How did they come to work for the company? What has their experience been working there? Have they been able to advance in their career, or are opportunities limited?

Many companies have veteran Employee Resource Groups (ERG). Some are restricted to veterans/servicemembers only while others include civilian employees who support the military. Find out if a target company has one of these veteran ERGs. They might help by passing your resume along to the right person. Within any luck, they might champion your candidacy.

Beyond searching and applying for jobs online, it is essential to build and leverage your network when exploring opportunities that may be the best fit for you and in searching for employment.

Possible Twitter Groups to Join: Ideal Military Hire, (@IdealMiHire), “Wbveterans” Welcome Back Vets, Recruit Military (@RecruitMilitary), “Greenjobs4vets” Veterans Green Jobs.

To assess company culture:

  • Research the company and department you are most interested in working in by exploring their mission and values statement on their website.
  • Look for non-discrimination and Equal Opportunity hiring policies in their job descriptions.
  • Search for reviews of current and past employees on Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Better Business Bureau, and other forms of Social Media.
  • Ask questions to your network. Search for alumni and people in your network who have worked for the organization to ask them about the veteran-friendly work culture.
  • Ask questions to the organization! Come prepared with questions to ask in an interview regarding their inclusion initiatives.
  • Visit the Dolce Center for the Advancement of Veterans and Servicemembers (CAVS) and Employer Engagement and Career Design to help you navigate organizational culture and fit.

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