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Employment Resources For Military Spouses

It may seem stressful to consider working when balancing the demands of being a military spouse.

Gain Work Experience with Operation Warfighter

Getting involved in meaningful work can aid in both the physical and psychological healing process for service members in recovery. Operation Warfighter is a federal internship program that places recovering active-duty service members and National Guard and reservists currently in a medical hold status in supportive work settings. By focusing on new opportunities and strengthening job skills, service members can bolster their recovery while gaining valuable work experience. This article highlights information about Operation Warfighter and offers tips and resources for service members who wish to apply.

Tips on Reducing Job Interview Stress

Need help with writing a resume? Read the article Translating Military Experience to Civilian Employment to learn about how to translate your military skills effectively into a resume.

Job Application Assistance

Transitioning from active-duty service to civilian employment can be a challenging process that takes careful planning and thought for some service members and veterans. During the transition to a civilian job, it is important to emphasize the skills you developed while in the military and develop a personal network of trusted individuals who can assist you with your job search. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of jobs are found through networking. Given the realities of the current job market, it is more important than ever to highlight your experience and develop a personal network to find the right position that matches your skills and career goals. This article provides tips to help you write an engaging resume, develop and leverage your personal network to find job opportunities, and understand veteran hiring policies and veteran-specific job programs and resources.

Translating Military Experience to Civilian Employment

If you served in the military, you’ve lived and worked in environments that are specific to the military culture. You have lived on bases, installations, ships and submarines; you ate MREs and shopped in PXs/BXs/NEXs and commissaries; you deployed to unique locations worldwide; and you enjoyed a tight-knit sense of community whether you were visiting schools, places of worship, restaurants or medical clinics. Understandably, leaving this culture can be difficult – you are not just leaving a job, you are leaving a lifestyle.

Managing Stress in the Workplace

Reintegration can be an exciting time for veterans as they can take on new challenges, such as a new job in the workforce. However, the civilian working environment and its requirements after deployment are significantly different than those experienced during deployment. As a result, the skills that make warriors successful during a deployment may not work as well — or may actually be counterproductive — when beginning or returning to a civilian career. Review the tips and resources below to learn helpful strategies for being successful on the job after your deployment.

For Employees: Reintegrating into Civilian Employment

For many service members, the return from deployment and readjustment to life at home frequently present some challenges, particularly for National Guard and reserve members who may not have the same natural community supports. Skills that kept them alive in hostile environments are not applicable in civilian life.

For Employers: Helping Employees Reintegrate into Civilian Employment

The National Guard and Reserve are an integral part of our military. Almost half of the men and women serving in our armed forces are members of the National Guard and Reserve.

Your Post-Military Career: Tips for Finding a Job and Achieving Success in the Civilian Workplace

Employment plays a critical role in the recovery of wounded and injured veterans — including those experiencing traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a psychological health issue such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Having a job builds skills, increases self worth, reduces isolation, provides beneficial social interaction and provides income that is key to economic well-being. But just how should a wounded warrior go about finding meaningful employment? The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and its federal partners can help show you the way.

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