by Rachel Vilsack
This Memorial Day week, it’s important to remember the many Minnesota veterans who have bravely and proudly served this county. For veterans in career transition or still transitioning to civilian life, there is help to get you back to work.
If you are a veteran living in Minnesota, learn more about the job search assistance available to you. Veterans Employment Representatives are available at Workforce Centers around Minnesota and offer a wide variety of specialized employment and training services to veterans including:
- Individual employment counseling
- Direct referrals for job openings
- Job training programs for disabled veterans
- Help convert military training to civilian credentials
There are also many wonderful career exploration tools to help job seekers. Veterans will find these sites useful to understand civilian occupations. Because of the unique experience and skills gained in the military, veterans should explore these career websites:
- My Next Move for Veterans helps veterans explore careers, browse industries, and translate their military job to a civilian one. Start searching by entering a career key word, browse industries, or find civilian occupations that were similar to a military job. My Next Move is a product of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and O*NET.
- CareerOneStop – Veterans ReEmployment – This is a one-stop site for employment, training and financial help for veterans. The site also includes a military-to-civilian job search, which will match a military career to local job opportunities. CareerOneStop is also a product of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
The career exploration and selection process may include getting a degree, certificate, or additional training. Educational assistance programs, including the GI Bill and other state resources, may be available to help pay for training.