- As a veteran, you’ve developed a skillset highly sought by employers.
- Veterans are employed in every sector, industry, and job type out there. Your military experience has helped prepare you for a wide range of responsibilities. Exploring your interests and determining how you want to highlight your military service (or not) during your job search will help you make a successful transition to a civilian career.
- We want all who have served and continue to serve this nation to know that the University of Tennessee and the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration are places where our student veterans can succeed and achieve.
- As staff and aspiring allies at the Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration, we strive to:
- Create a safe and welcoming environment for veterans
- Provide a welcoming, affirming, and flexible career services support model
- Encourage students veterans to discover and explore their individual strengths and skills, and to help you make a more informed choice about internship opportunities and employer selection
- Increase awareness of resources and services available to support veterans in making informed career decisions.
Your Career Coach
All of our coaches are available to schedule a coaching session with; Heather is the career coach for inclusion initiatives and exclusively serves students from historically underrepresented identities.
Support on Campus
- Campus Labs – Student Organization Finder
- Finding student organizations related to culture and diversity
- Veterans Success Center
Researching Internships, Jobs, Opportunities and More
There are no limits to the range of employment possibilities available to you. To help narrow your search, try using “veteran” in keyword searches to find specific opportunities where an employer has specified a preference for hiring veterans or strongly encourages applicants with military experience. There are also many job boards dedicated to the military and veteran community.
- Corporate Gray
- Connecting Employers with Military Veterans
- Feds Hire Vets
- An online site for Federal employment information for Veterans
- Hire Veterans
- Hire veterans job board
- Military 2 Career
- Connecting veterans with great opportunities
- Troops to Teachers
- Veteran Owned Businesses
- My Next Move
- A search engine for career keywords, browsing careers by industry and finding careers like your military jobs.
- List of 2022 Military Friendly Companies & Employers
- Veterans Employment Toolkit
- American Corporate Partners
- Connects veteran protégés with corporate mentors for a yearlong mentorship-based on career objectives and professional experiences.
Crafting Your Resume for Civilian Positions
Whether you choose to include your military experience on a resume is a personal choice and there is no correct answer. The skills gained through service, including teamwork, leadership, communication, decision-making, work ethic, and more, are highly sought after by employers, highlighting them effectively can help improve your candidacy. If you do choose to include service experience, it’s likely that a hiring manager will not be familiar with military terminology or references, so use common/civilian language.
- Veteran Resume Example – CCDAE
- Base Ops – Transitioning
- Resume Tips for Transitioning Military Professionals
- O*NET online
- A database of military occupational classifications listing associated tasks, tools, technology, and skills needed to perform in the position.
Addressing Combat Experience or Disabilities During the Job Search Process
If you have combat experience or any service-related disabilities, choosing whether to share that information with a prospective employer is highly personal. You are not required to disclose this information, even if asked, however, employers may be required to make appropriate accommodations, if requested, as many veterans are protected by discrimination in employment under the Americans with Disabilities Act.