Things to think about
As a student veteran, there are a few important things that you may want to think about as you search for internships and full-time employment.
- Consider how your military background is valuable to an organization. Many employers appreciate the unique skills a military veteran can bring to a position. To get ideas how to market your experience to employers, download and read the National Training Veterans Institute “21 Strengths Arising from Military Experience” (PDF).
- Many civilian employers may not understand military terminology on your resume. Be sure to clearly explain your leadership and technical skills on your resume.
- To match your military skills and experience to civilian occupations, use “Military to Civilian Occupation Translator” on the CareerOneStop website.
- Read more about common questions about finding a job after military service in an article entitled “From the Armed Forces to the Work Force” on the New York Times website. .
- Read more about how you may qualify for veteran’s preference in competitive and non-competitive federal government appointments on the FedsHIREVets website.
Connect with professionals and peers
Networking with multicultural professionals or other students in your field of interest can be a great way to get career advice and find leads on positions. Below are a few ways to make connections.
- Ask family, friends, advisors, community leaders, or instructors if they know any industry professionals who are also veterans.
- Attend professional organization meetings to meet veteran professionals in your field. To find professional groups, search online using keywords such as “veteran professional association.”
- Connect with mentor programs that pair veterans with seasoned professionals at top companies by visiting the American Corporate Partners website.
- Join student groups to network with your peers. Visit the University of Minnesota’s Student Veterans Association website. Visit the CSE student groups web page for a full list.
- Join LinkedIn groups such as the “U.S. Military Veterans Network,” “The Value of a Veteran,” or “Military Network” and create an account on the LinkedIn website.
- Attend career fairs, employer information sessions, networking events, and career panels. Find upcoming events on the GoldPASS website.
- Minnesota’s Veterans Employment Services – This website provides career events and resources, Veterans Employment Representatives, and the Transition Assistance Program, a workshop that helps returning veterans make informed choices about education and employment. Read more on the Minnesota’s Veterans Employment Services website.
- RecruitMilitary – This is a veteran-owned, full-service military-to-civilian recruiting firm. Read more on the RecruitMilitary website.
- Feds Hire Vets – This website provides federal employment information for veterans, transitioning service members, and their families. Read more on the FedsHIREVets website.
Your legal rights
- To learn what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle the situation, read the “Handling Improper Interview Question” page on the Middlebury website.
- If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out tips and information about employment discrimination on the FindLaw website.
Laws protecting you from discrimination:
- The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) prohibits discrimination in employment, retention, promotion, or any benefit of employment based on your uniformed service. You can file USERRA claims through the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service website.
- The Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) makes a willful violation of veterans’ preference a Prohibited Personnel Practice. If you are preference eligible and you believe an agency violated any of your rights under the veterans’ preference laws or regulations, you may file a formal complaint with the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. Learn more on the Department of Labor website.