The Hiatt Career Center supports Brandeis undergraduate students and alumni who have had military experience by helping them frame their experience for the world of work and talk about their intersecting identities as veterans, students, and professionals.
Those with military experience (voluntary or mandatory) make great employees! Once you translate your experience for an employer or graduate school, they’ll be able to see how you fit into their program. Many veterans have spent time developing desirable skills that employers seek. These are just some of the transferable skills:
Leadership – No matter your role you were most likely called to lead by example, through direction, delegation, or motivation. These are positive leadership skills, every field benefits from a leader who is confident, leads by example, and motivates their team to bring a job to completion.
Communication – In the military you may have been called to communicate with a diverse array of individuals, including high ranking officials and civilians. Communication up and down the chain requires clear concise effective communication.
Integrity – Character and trust are as important in the workforce as in the military. You may have demonstrated your integrity in your decision-making, behavior, or implementation of guidelines or procedures.
Adaptability – Being ready to change tactics or being thrown into a new situation helped you build the critical skill of adaptability. The workforce is always changing and being able to adapt and handle any situation that comes your way is a critical skill.
General Career Resources
Some of the career resources and hiring preferences indicated below are only applicable to US veterans. The transferable skills, themes, and types of employers to explore are suited for military veterans.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Provides multiple online resources for career and employment assistance—including transitioning resources—to build your career and find the opportunities that are right for you.
- Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS): Search for jobs, get help translating your military skills and experience to civilian jobs, and access other career resources.
U.S. Department of Labor Transition Assistance Program: The employment assistance you need, for any time or transition.
CareerOneStop: Provides a Veteran and Military Transition Center that is a one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service. Through their job search tool, you will be able to enter your military job or MOC and match to civilian careers and job openings that use similar skills.
My Next Move: Interest Profiler: Find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work.
- Hire a Hero: Allows transitioning Veterans to create/post your resume, translate military-to-civilian skills, explore career tools and search jobs with military-friendly companies.
- Feds Hire Vets: A dedicated website for Federal employment information for Veterans, transitioning military service members, their families, and Federal hiring officials.
- American Job Center Finder: Nearly 2,400 AJCs nationwide help people search for jobs, find training, and answer other employment related questions.
- National Labor Exchange: Search jobs from veteran friendly employers.
- My Next Move: Search careers with keywords, browse careers by industry, and find careers like your military job.
- Job Accommodation Network: Identifies resources for people with disabilities to help secure a job.
- VA Careers and Employment: Build your career and find the opportunities that are right for you.
- USA Jobs: With veterans’ preference, you may receive preference over non-veteran applicants in the hiring process. Veterans' preference can be used when applying to permanent and temporary positions in both the competitive and excepted service (of the executive branch).
- Apprenticeships: A unique and rewarding pathway to developing in-demand workplace and technical skills while earning a paycheck in the career of your dreams from day one.
Military.com: A Comprehensive website provides the largest free veteran job search engine, a tool to match military experience to civilian jobs, career advice articles, information on upcoming job fairs and a military to civilian transition checklist. Includes a free resume assessment from Monster's smart resume-scanning technology.
G.I. Jobs: A job search and career site for veterans, where you can search for jobs (by location, job title, keywords).
Every branch and military have its own way to talking with acronyms, service branches and jargon that can be confusing for a non-military audience. Use these guidelines to start to translate your experience.
- Put your military service in your work or relevant experience section
- Use simple and easy-to-understand language
- Translate your titles, jargon, and acronyms by communicating the functional area
- Focus on transferable skills and your accomplishments
- Have a civilian review your resume
Meet with Us
Make an appointment with us to talk about questions including:
Do I share my veteran status in the application process?
Are there particular employment opportunities and internships accessible to students with a specific background?
How do I present my involvement with the U.S. Armed Forces on my resume or interview?
Can I wear my service uniform to an interview or networking interaction?
How can I evaluate if a future employer will be receptive to my veteran status?