As a Veteran, why would I want to work for VA?
Many Veterans experience highly satisfying and meaningful careers at VA because they understand the challenges faced by Veterans and their families and want to ensure they receive the best care and services. Plus, working at VA provides stable government pay and benefits, professional growth opportunities and a network of fellow Veterans and military-friendly coworkers. Learn more about how Veteran employees prosper at VA.
How does the program serve Veteran job seekers?
VA for Vets helps Veterans market their military skills to position themselves for success in the civilian workplace. The robust Career Center, designed specifically for Veterans seeking new employment opportunities at VA, takes the guesswork out of the job-search process. By providing civilian career options matched to Veteran experience, Veteran job seekers can explore career options that are best suited to their talents and interests, translate military skills to civilian language, take self-assessments, create resumes and cover letters, and apply directly to open positions at VA.
What is the Career Center?
The Career Center is an integrated career exploration and job-search system, developed to assist Veterans seeking civilian employment. Veterans can assess their professional interests and goals, translate their military experience into marketable skills, and explore the best jobs for them. Learn more about the Career Center.
Does participation in VA for Vets affect my other Veteran benefits?
No. VA for Vets is a VA career support program that has no effect on your eligibility for, or acquisition of, other Veteran benefits or services.
What is Career Coaching?
If you are a Veteran interested in working at VA and have questions about updating your resume, using the Career Center, translating your military skills into the civilian workforce, or just need to talk to someone for guidance, you may contact a Career Coach. Career Coaches provide:
What is the Career Center?
The Career Center is an integrated job search platform with tools for exploring VA career opportunities that match your military background, experience, interests and strengths. Much more than a job search engine, Veteran job seekers can identify their ideal civilian career by using the Career Center’s integrated tools and explore open positions at VA.
How do I start using the Career Center?
You can begin using the Career Center at multiple points. The Career Center’s powerful tools work together to let you tailor your user experience and explore the VA jobs that most closely mirror your talents, interests and experience. Start by translating your military skills, taking self-assessments or conducting a job search. Go one step further by creating civilian-friendly resumes, apply to best-matched jobs through USAJOBS.gov, save custom searches and receive job match alerts.
What types of self assessments are available?
The Career Center offers the following custom self-assessments:
Collectively, the results will be used to identify occupations that are a best match for you based on your experiences and interests, basic skills, occupational interests and general aptitude.
Why should I take self-assessments?
Taking the VA for Vets self-assessments will help clarify your professional strengths and interests. You can identify your levels of proficiency associated with common skills (like leadership or time management). After you complete the assessments, you can use the information to update your resume in the resume builder.
How does the Military Skills Translator work?
The Military Skills Translator interprets your military experience and training into language that civilian employers can easily understand.
As you add professional information, the Career Center will show you open VA positions in which you would most likely succeed.
Can I post my current resume to the Career Center?
Yes, you can upload existing resumes and cover letters to the Career Center. In fact, you can store up to five resumes and cover letters, which you can use to apply to available VA jobs through USAJOBS.gov―or save as a Word document for future use.
You can also activate your desired resume to allow recruiters to search for and contact you through the VA’s Veteran resume database.
Can I only use the job search feature?
Yes. Use as many or as few of the Career Center tools as you’d like. But keep in mind, all the tools work together to show you the breadth of VA positions best matched to your skills, interests and background.
What’s unique about the job search?
The job search is as unique as you are: the more tools you use and information you provide, the more tailored your job search results become. Your inputs drive the selection and display of VA job descriptions ranked on relevancy to your experience and skills. For example: if you were enlisted in the Army as a Financial Management Technician (36B) at E7+, you will see a list of appropriate job openings. Add your sub-specialties and training to narrow down the job listings and find the best fit for you.
What are the benefits of using the Career Center?
The Career Center integrates data to produce custom job search results and allows you to match expertise, skills and training to actual VA jobs―all in one place. The tools work together to provide an accurate picture of where you are today professionally and where you might go as you continue your career development. Better yet, all of your activities in the Career Center, including assessments, skills translation, resumes and saved jobs are captured and displayed in your personalized VA for Vets dashboard, which grows with you as your qualifications evolve and new jobs become available.
How is the Career Center different from other Veteran job search offerings?
The Career Center consolidates many of the tools available on disparate Veteran job websites into an easy-to-use platform―providing one central, permanent place for continuous career management. Most websites provide single job search capabilities but lack the additional resources to help Veterans develop a career (not just a job) that’s best suited to your experience and interests. In addition, the Military Skills Translator is the most thorough application available, providing the ability to match your actual experience in uniform to open jobs that are a good fit for your skills, knowledge and abilities.
I just created my Career Center profile but there are no jobs available for me at this time. What should I do?
We encourage you to continue using the Career Center to search open positions at VA. You can also use the resumes and cover letters you created through the Career Center to apply for other jobs.
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