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Veterans Translating Skills to Civilian Work: Tools for Success

Veterans Translating Skills to Civilian Work: Tools for Success KnowledgeToWork.com
Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Veterans looking to enter the civilian workforce already have many skills. In fact, you likely have many skills that you would not think to include on a resume, cover letter, or in your job interview. Using online military skills translator tools to help you identify those skills that will translate well from your military experience to the civilian workforce can be very helpful. We’ve described several of these resources for your below. We’ll also provide links to several job search tools for locating civilian jobs for veterans and information on resources for brushing up on your job searching skills. You’ll also want to watch for an upcoming blog post on job searching tips for veterans that will be published on the Knowledge to Work blog in the next few weeks.

Military to Civilian Skills Translator

  • Vets.gov Military Skills Translator – This tool from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows veterans to enter their branch of service and military occupation code (MOC) to pull up a list of skills they gained from working in that position. This tool also allows you to import those skills to a resume building tool to help make the job searching process even easier.
  • Military to Civilian Occupation Translator – CareerOneStop has created this translator, in which veterans can search for skills they have gained through their military experience by inputting their MOC, performing a keyword search for their military occupation, or browsing their list of military occupations by branch. This tool aligns your military occupation with a similar civilian occupation, allows you to view a state-specific profile of that occupation (including a job description, alternate job titles, occupation outlook, and required skills), and provides links to available certifications and licensing that could make you more desirable to employers.
  • Credits2Careers – Credits2Careers is a website created by the Virginia Community College System where veterans can input their MOC to have their military experience evaluated for college credit. The tool provides you with an estimated number of credits you could transfer into a Virginia community college and see how those credits could help you on the way to achieving a credential aligned with your career goals.

Jobs for Veterans

  • Knowledge to Work Job Search – KnowledgeToWork.com offers a job opportunities search engine right on our website. Users can search for open positions by entering a job title or keyword and their zip code to return a list of relevant job openings in their area. 
  • Hiring Our Heroes – Hiring Our Heroes is a website from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help veterans and military spouses with job searching. This website includes a resume builder, a calendar of upcoming networking events and job fairs, a career roadmap tool, a corporate fellowship program, a mentorship program, and job searching webinars.
  • G.I. Jobs – G.I. Jobs is a job searching website specifically created for veterans. It includes job boards, job searching advice, and information for those looking to enroll in higher education or start their own business.

Learning Resources for Veterans

Since this may be your first time applying and interviewing for a civilian position, or it may have been a while if you have, it would likely be helpful for you to brush up on certain skills. KnowledgeToWork.com has hundreds of learning resources to help you improve your job searching skills. You may also want to explore our learning resources for soft skills, which all employers look for in job candidates. If you’re planning to enroll in an educational program, we also have learning resources to help you prepare for college, including learning resources to help you improve your note-taking skills, study skills, and test-taking skills, as well as several other college readiness skills. Don’t forget to sign up for your free account to set your educational and career goals, track your progress toward those goals, save your favorite learning resources and useful searches, and much more.

Veterans looking to enter the civilian workforce already have many skills. Using online tools to help you identify those skills that will translate well from your military experience to the civilian workforce can be very helpful.


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