In-Person Career Fairs for Military & Veterans

Military & Veteran Job Fairs Near You in July 2024

Attending a job fair specifically designed for veterans in person, can offer many benefits and job leads. Meeting face to face will allow you to engage more with prospective employers. In addition, most job fairs have fifty to one hundred employers in attendance so you can meet many representatives the same day.

Come prepared for the event with copies of your updated resume and related career information in hand because at most fairs you can interview on site, sometimes resulting in job offers the same day.

To make the most effective use of your time, pre-register for the event and review the employers scheduled to attend. If possible, look over the positions they are looking to fill. Be prepared to network and make connections for future reference.

In-person job fairs catered to veterans in July 2024 include but are not limited to the following:

Job Fair at Naval Station Norfolk – July 25, 2024

  • Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm ET
  • Location: Vista Point Center, 1754 Massey Hughes Drive, Bldg Q-88, Norfolk, Virginia 23511
  • Pre-register here

San Antonio Veterans Job Fair July 25, 2024

  • Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm CT
  • Location: San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, 901 N. Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78232
  • Pre-register here

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Career Summit  July 25, 2024

  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm ET
  • Location: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ 08641
  • Pre-register here

Fort Gregg-Adams Job Fair  July 31, 2024

  • Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ET
  • Location: Building 9009, Battle Drive, Fort Gregg-Adams, VA 23801

Pre-register here

In-person Career Fairs in August 2024

DAV/Recruit Military, August 1, 2024

  • Philadelphia Veterans Job Fair
  • Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Philadelphia, PA 19153
  • Learn more or sign up

The Philadelphia Veterans Job Fair will be held at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

6825 Norwitch Drive in Philadelphia in the Main Exhibition Space. Free parking is available on site. Bring resumes and be ready to meet over 55 exhibitors including Bank Of America, Canon USA Inc., Disabled American Veterans and Merck.

Hiring Our Heroes, August 7-8, 2024

  • Joint Base San Antonio Career Summit
  • August 7-8, 2024
  • University of the Incarnate Word (SkyRoom), 847 East Hildebrand Avenue San Antonio, Texas 78212
  • Learn more or sign up

This two-day in-person event is designed to employ military community members in the IT, healthcare, and human resources fields. Hiring Our Heroes will offer materials to prepare for the event where attendees can meet over 70 employers for thousands of positions. The event will begin on August 7 with a networking reception from 5 to 7 p.m. On August 8th, the Job Seeker Workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, followed by the Hiring Fair from 1 to 4 p.m.

DAV/Recruit Military August 7, 2024

The Triplex Conference Center will be the venue for the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base Career Fair. Make sure to arrive with enough time to gain access to the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay with identification documents. After gaining access, proceed to the dining room to attend the job fair. Free parking is available on site. Come prepared with copies of an updated resume and ready to talk about your skill set and talents.

DAV/Recruit Military August 8, 2024

  • Hill AFB Area Veterans Job Fair
  •  11 AM – 3 PM Mountain Time
  • Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT 84041
  • Learn More and Sign Up

DAV/Recruit Military hosts the Hill Air Force Base Area Veterans Job Fair. The job fair is designed to help military community members, veterans and their spouses find employment. The job fair is scheduled to take place in the Meridian Ballroom of the Davis Conference Center at 1651 North 700 West in Layton. Come in and follow signs between the weather towers to find the Sky Lobby. Plenty of free parking is available at the Conference Center.

DAV Recruit Military, August 14, 2024

  • Job Fair at Fort Gregg-Adams
  • 11 AM – 3 PM Eastern Time
  • The Gregg-Adams Club, Fort Gregg-Adams, VA 23801
  • Learn More and Register

The Job Fair at Fort Gregg-Adams will take place in the ballroom at the Gregg-Adams Club on Battle Drive, Building 9009 at Fort Gregg-Adams, Virginia. Those who are coming to the job fair will need to bring a current photo ID and make sure to arrive with enough time to gain access to Fort Gregg-Adams. In addition, bring a prepared resume as well as any other documents that can showcase certifications and skills for future employment. There will be free parking on site.

DAV Recruit Military, August 15, 2024

  • Job Fair at Camp Pendleton
  • 11 AM – 3 PM Pacific Time
  • Pacific Views Event Center, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
  • More information or sign up

The job fair at Camp Pendleton has over 50 registered employers in attendance including: Clean Energy Fuels Corp, Disabled American Veterans, Empire CAT, Rush Enterprises, Inc.,  Transportation Security Administration and Woodward, Inc. The job fair will take place at the

Pacific Views Event Center in the Grand Ballroom. Come prepared with an updated resume and ready to meet employers in person.

DAV Recruit Military August 15, 2024

  • Job Fair at Fort Liberty
  • 11 AM – 3 PM Eastern Time
  • Iron Mike Conference & Catering Center, 2658 Rock Merritt Ave (formerly Reilly Road), Fort Liberty, NC 28310
  • Learn More and Sign Up

The Job Fair will take place in the Lafayette Room of the Iron Mike Conference & Catering Center. There is free parking at the venue. Internet connection may be spotty, so be prepared by bringing printed copies of your updated resume. In attendance, the job fair will host many employers including but not limited to: Disabled American Veterans, Foundever, Grede and Merck.

DAV/Recruit Military August 22, 2024

The DAV/Recruit Military Dallas Veterans Job Fair is scheduled to take place at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at One AT&T Way. Thousands of job vacancies will be up for grabs on-site. The job fair will take place at the AT&T Endzone west section of the stadium. The closest parking will be near entry J in Parking Lot 10. Enter through Entry J to find the event with your resume and documents in hand to meet employers in person.

DAV/Recruit Military August 28, 2024

  • Naval Submarine Base New London Area Veterans Job Fair
  • 11 AM – 3 PM Eastern Time
  • Hilton Mystic, Mystic, CT 06355
  • Learn More and Sign Up

The Naval Submarine Base New London Area Veterans Job Fair invites military service members, veterans and their spouses or adult family members to attend and learn about thousands of job vacancies from several dozen employers spanning various industries.

The Job Fair will be held at the Hilton Mystic at 20 Coogan Boulevard in Mystic in the Schooner Ballroom. Expect free parking on site at the hotel. Come ready to make your best impression on employers by dressing professionally and having your resume in hand.

DAV/Recruit Military August 29, 2024

The Indianapolis Veterans Job Fair will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium at 500 South Capitol Avenue in Exhibit Hall 2. Make sure to follow signage to the Field Access registration area to avoid security issues. Free parking will be open at the South Lot. If driving to the event, enter the lot through Gate 6 when coming in from Capitol Avenue. Employers in attendance include but are not limited to Disabled American Veterans, Eli Lilly and Company, Fleet Services by Cox Automotive, Huntington National Bank and Spartan Nash.

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Virtual Job Fairs for Military & Veterans 2024

Virtual job fairs are essential resources for military and veteran job seekers.  They help by connecting you with local or national companies from your home. Companies are looking for college graduates to executive-level professionals.

The virtual job fair is an experience similar to the in-person version. You’ll need to prepare similarly by researching participating companies and preparing updated versions of your resume or CV. You’ll also need online research on the companies you want to land interviews with during the virtual event.

You can also visit our resources page for in-person job fairs for military and veterans.

Military and Veteran Virtual Job Fairs

Virtual job fairs are an important resource for job seekers transitioning out of the military. They are also helpful for military spouses and employment-age dependent children. Some attend job fairs while still serving in the military and/or while in college, while others choose to wait until they are about to hit the job market.

Host: JobFairX

JobFairX and the VA in Virginia Beach are offering a virtual job fair at no cost on July 22 to introduce hiring managers locally and domestically across the country. To participate, sign up and peruse the lists of employers looking for candidates with military-level skills and experience.

Host: CareerEco

    • Government and Non-Profit Jobs Hiring Event
    • July 25, 2024 11 AM – 3 PM Eastern Time
    • Learn More and Sign Up

CareerEco is hosting a government and non-profit virtual job fair for full-time, part-time and internship work in government and NPO agencies. The convenience of the online job fair features tools to text and video chat for interviews and to learn more about potential employers, saving time and money by not traveling to in-person events.

Host: Brazen

Brazen has organized a Summer Hiring Fair for U.S. military service members, veterans and their spouses online. Participants must create a job seeker profile and upload their resume to participate and connect for online conversations with employers by text or video.

Host: Corporate Gray

Corporate Gray Virtual job fair is welcoming to military service people and their families, with employers looking for people with military experience. Job seekers can connect with employers through chat or video. To participate, upload your resume to the site and pre-register for the event. All participants can use the Virtual Job Fair Training Guide and Employer Directory so that they take full advantage of their time during this job fair.

Host: DAV/Recruit Military

    • Online Recruiting Event Open to All Military Job Seekers and Spouses
    • July 30, 2024 11 AM – 3 PM Central Time
    • More information and signup

The DAV, Disabled American Veterans organization has brought together job opportunities from many top tier companies looking for employers with military experience and education. Some of the employers included in the virtual fair include but are not limited to: Altec, Cisco, EnerSys, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, John Deere, The U.S. Department of Energy, The United States Space Force, and the Western Farmers Electric Cooperative.

Host:DAV/RecruitMilitary

    • Transitioning Army & Spouse Virtual Career Fair
    • August 6, 2024, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time
    • Register or get more information 

Virtual Career Fairs in August, September, and October 2024

Host: Career Eco

  • Summer Hiring Fair: US Military, Veterans and Veteran Spouses
  • August 7, 2024, 11 AM – 3 PM Eastern Time
  • More information or sign up

Military service members and their spouses can find career openings in accounting and business at this summer hiring fair. Looking for jobs at this virtual fair saves job-seekers travel time and expenses while they look for their new career. Pre-register and ensure all profiles are complete to make connections to employers.

Host: Valvoline

Valvoline is looking for employees at various stages of their careers and will host an online event that is catered to veterans and spouses. Participants need only a computer and to prepare their resume. You may choose to have your webcam off, but if using the webcam, be sure to dress professionally.

Host: CareerEco

  • All Sports Industry Professionals Virtual and Career Job Fair
  • August 14, 2024, 11 AM – 3 PM Eastern Time
  • More information or sign up

Veterans and their spouses may have special talents that are applicable in a variety of positions in the sports industry, from athleticism to acting as an agent or coaching. Explore sports industry options and the chance at a new career by attending this virtual job fair.

Host: Nursing and Allied Health

  • Nursing and Allied Health Virtual Grad & Career Fair
  • August 21, 2024, 11 AM – 3 PM Eastern Time
  • Learn More and Register

Nursing and Allied Health hosts this virtual grad and career fair for those who have experience or who are entering the field. Veteran spouses may be particularly interested in the opportunities presented at this fair. Attend prepared with your resume and skills ready to secure interviews.

Host: DAV/Recruit Military

This national virtual career fair needs veteran skills. Attendees will include franchisors, institutions, government agencies, veteran agencies, and other employers. Make sure your RecruitMilitary profile as well as your virtual career platform profiles are current and have your resume uploaded. Research the companies you most want to connect with to make the most of your time at this event.

Host: Corporate Gray

  • Engineering & Science Virtual Career Fair
  • August 28, 2024 11 AM – 3 PM Eastern Time
  • Learn More and Sign Up

Graduates, veterans and veteran spouses in STEM fields or looking for a career change will find a growing industry within STEM. In STEM current and future careers are built. Pre-register for this event and look for full-time employment and co-ops, or even develop your own career options through connections from the Engineering & Science Virtual Career Fair event.

Host: DAV/Recruit Military

The National Credit Union Association is hosting the NCUA Women Recruitment Virtual Outreach Event. The NCUA regulates federal credit unions and has been supporting patrons since 1934. Looking for employees who are interested in this field in all levels of employment and development.

Host: Corporate Gray

Corporate Gray’s Virtual Job Fair actively seeks to recruit veterans and their spouses. Veterans and spouses can interview via video or text. Some may require U.S. citizenship. To make as many connections as possible during this event, make sure to pre-register and upload your resume ahead of time. You will receive a preparation guide and directory of attending businesses upon your registration to help you prepare for the event.

Host: DAV/RecruitMilitary

Host: DAV/Recruit Military

Western Virtual Career Fair for Veterans seeks the specialized skills veterans possess. Attendees include employers and franchisors in a gallery of fields, veterans’ agencies and government agencies. Prepare your resume ahead of time and be sure to complete your online profile to maximize the potential of this event.

Getting the Most out of a Virtual Job Fair

There are some extra steps to take before you attend any online career fair, hiring event, or virtual job fair. The first is to check on the job fair’s official site to see if you need a specific type of platform for conference calling or related software. Ensure that your computer and virtual conferencing programs are up to date, that you have working video and audio connections, and that the lighting is adequate for video in the room where you will attend the job fair.

The Value in Military and Veteran Virtual Job Fairs

Virtual career fairs often consist of:

  • Company presentations
  • Descriptions of open positions
  • One-on-one time with hiring managers
  • On-the-spot interviews

Free Preparation Assistance

When organizations and agencies host virtual career fairs, they want everyone to benefit, so they provide additional resources. Some of these free resources include resume writing and interview preparation before the virtual career fair begins. Taking advantage of these free resources is extremely beneficial, so you are prepared for an immediate interview.

Know Which Organizations Will Be There

Most career fair registration pages also contain access to a list of organizations that will be in attendance. Knowing which organizations will be attending the event gives you a chance to research the company ahead of time. Then, you will also want to research their open positions in the event of a one-on-one interview.

Hear Directly from Hiring Managers

Find out what skills and education a hiring manager considers for certain positions. Being able to connect with hiring managers one-on-one will allow you to gain an understanding of what they’re looking for.  This may include what they’re looking for on resumes and cover letters.

Build Connections

Building connections with prospective employers could give you a leg up during the hiring process. Make sure to connect with hiring managers or company presenters through LinkedIn.  You can also exchange E-mails to maintain those connections and grow your network.

Organizations are Eager to Hire Military and Veterans

Organizations attending career fairs have open positions they seek to fill or are collecting applications for positions opening soon. Attending a virtual career fair has many benefits. A major one is not wasting your time applying for positions that have already been filled, which can sometimes occur with job postings if they’re not updated regularly.

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Military Discounts for Those Who Work at Home

Work at Home Military Discounts You Don’t Want to Miss

Looking for a discount? These military discounts help you save on supplies when you work from home.

Working from home is becoming more and more normal. So many people are being able to stay remote, or are finding work-at-home jobs. The military community especially enjoys being able to work remotely because of how much more flexible the jobs can be. Here are some military discounts on products you would need if you are working from home.

Military Discounts on Computers

If you work from home, you know you will need to use a computer. If your company doesn’t give you one, here are some military discounts to take advantage of. Please visit MyMilitaryBenefits for more military discounts on computers and electronics.

Dell

At Dell, you can get 5% off of your purchases on many different types of computers. It is available for active duty, veterans, national guard, and reserves.

Microsoft

At Microsoft, you can find a military discount via ID.me on all eligible computers and accessories. This discount is for active duty, former, and retired military, and their families.

 

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Apple

Apple has a Veterans and Military Purchase Program with special pricing. This is available to military members and veterans. You can find discounts on most of their products from phones to computers to iPads.

Cell Phone Military Discounts

You will also need a working cell phone for working from home. Here are what the major carriers have to offer.  Please visit MyMilitaryBenefits for more military discounts on cell phones.

Samsung

Samsung has a Military Offers Program where you can save as much as 30% on products including phones.

AT&T

At AT&T, they have savings for military members on Unlimited plans, with 25% off offered at press time.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile gives active duty and veterans 40% off with the Go5G plan.

Verizon

Verizon offers discounts to members of the military and veterans. They offer account-level discounts for unlimited data plans. For example, with one phone line, you would receive a $10/month discount, with four phones, you would receive a $20/month discount.

U.S. Cellular

At U.S. Cellular, they offer a 15% military discount on their wireless plans for active duty, reservists, and veterans.

Business Clothes

While you won’t be going into the office when working from home, you could be going on camera for Zoom meetings. You will need to have some appropriate attire for these meetings. Here are some places to find military discounts on clothing.

Kohl’s

Kohl’s offers a 15% discount, in-store only, every Monday. The discount is for active duty, former military, veterans, and families.

L.L. Bean

At L.L. Bean you can find clothing for men, women, and children. They offer a 10% military discount to active duty, veterans, retired military, and reservists.

Buckle

At Buckle, a clothing store for men, women, and youth, you can find a 10% military discount for active duty, veterans, national guard, reserves, spouses, and dependents.

Old Navy

Old Navy has a variety of military discounts on clothing and accessories for members of the military, veterans, and military families. Claim them with ID.me.

Desks and Furniture

If you are new to working from home, you will need a nice desk and chair to work from. Here are some places to find a discount on office furniture.

VersaDesk.com

At VersaDesk, you can find a standing desk at a 20% military discount on their furniture with WeSalute.

Bassett

Bassett is a furniture store that offers $150 off qualifying furniture purchases of $1500 and 10% off qualifying accessories.

Scandinavian Designs 

At Scandinavian Designs, you can receive free local delivery on purchases of $1,000 or more. This offer is for active duty, reserves, veterans, and their immediate families.

AlphaMarts

At AlphaMarts you can find a variety of furniture. They offer a Heroes Discount of 12% for members of the military. Verify with ID.me.

Office Depot

At Office Depot, in-store-only, you can find a 20% military discount for veterans, active duty military personnel, retirees, reservists, and their dependents.

 

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Translate Your Military Skills and Experience

When applying for a job it is important to highlight yourself in areas you might fall short. Businesses are increasingly seeing the value of hiring from the military community and often take experience over education. Military members operate with a “mission-critical” mindset, elevating their performance to a higher level. These transferable skills are valuable across all industries and should be used to your advantage.

There’s a 99% chance that the person interviewing you never served in the military.

Transferable Skills Every Military Member Should Highlight

1. Leadership

It is important to highlight that you are confident in your leadership ability, can motivate a team, and lead by example. Military members are often called to lead by example, through direction, delegation, and motivation. These are positive leadership skills that inspire people and showcase your ability to achieve results and manage staff.

2. Self-Starter

Show that you can start and finish a project with little to no guidance. Those who have been in the military long enough know that being able to start and finish a task with little to no guidance happens daily. This ability turns veterans into self-starts who can anticipate project needs.

3. Adaptability

Being able to change gears at a moment’s notice and handle any situation that comes your way is a critical skill. Adaptability is hugely emphasized in the military community as the ability to adapt to a new direction at any level of a project or situation is a powerful skill. This can be shown through last-minute taskings or changing deadlines.

4. Integrity

Integrity is a highly valued trait that speaks to your character, employers want to know they can trust you. There are many ways integrity can be shown through decision-making in areas such as resource allocation, one’s behavior, and implementation of guidelines or procedures.

5. Effective Communication

Military members have been trained to communicate with a wide range of personalities and ranks clearly and respectfully. Everyone has value and military members have been trained to communicate effectively in any situation. Communication up chain and down chain requires clear concise effective communication.

6. Teamwork

It is important to highlight that you are confident in your leadership ability, can motivate a team, and lead by example. Military members are often called to lead by example, through direction, delegation, and motivation. These are positive leadership skills that inspire people and showcase your ability to achieve results and manage staff.

7. Problem-Solving

It is important to highlight that you are confident in your leadership ability, can motivate a team, and lead by example. Military members are often called to lead by example, through direction, delegation, and motivation. These are positive leadership skills that inspire people and showcase your ability to achieve results and manage staff.

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8. Followership

Military operations require extensive planning and workload management. Being able to take ideas that are not your own and implement and execute the plan only enhance the organization.

Highlighting this underrated transferable skill shows that you:

  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Have company loyalty
  • Are competent
  • Can practice discretion
  • Are not driven by ego or pride

9. Financial Responsibility

It is important to share financial experience relating to budgeting, contract management, resource allocation, or financial management.

When it comes to financial tasks in the military there is no room for error. Highlighting your military-related financial responsibility will mean a great deal to a prospective employer.

Maintaining personal financial stability is also a transferable skill. This can be critical for those who have had to maintain a top-secret security clearance.

Military Employment Guide: Researching Jobs

Step By Step Guide to Employment: Researching Jobs

As you work towards finding employment, you need to first identify your focus. What do you even want to do and what will that look like? Once you figure out what your focus will be, you can move on to researching jobs that you are interested in.

Within any career field, you will find different opportunities as far as the type of job you can get. You will want to research different jobs to figure out if they might be a good fit. Just hearing that a job is “a good job” isn’t enough to tell you if that type of job is something you would want to work towards.

When it comes to researching a job or a career that you are interested in, you need to look at the skills required, the education that is needed, the experience employers will be looking for as well as the pay. Once you can figure out what each job you are interested in requires, you will be better able to pin down the right job listings to apply for. 

Skills Needed

Each job will ask for certain types of skills. Some of these could be something tangible such as if you know Microsoft Word or if you can type for a certain amount of WPM. Other skills can be more general such as if you have leadership skills or are detail-oriented. 

See if the jobs you are looking at matchup with your skillset. If they do, you know to keep looking into them. If your skills don’t match up at all, the job might not be a good fit. 

Education Needed

The education that is needed for a particular job can be the most important part. You might not have mastered all of the skills on the list, but if you have the right degree, the job can still be a good fit. With some jobs, education could be a requirement of the field, such as needing to have a master’s degree to be a licensed social worker. 

In other jobs, education could be something that a particular company is looking for. You may just need to take a quick class or pass an exam to be qualified to apply for a certain job. 

Experience Needed

Companies and organizations will want to know that you have the experience they think is needed for a job. This could be years working in the field, or years at a particular type of job. If you have experience in a certain field, you might want to start looking in that direction first. That way you will be more likely to fulfill their experience needs.

Pay

Pay is very important to each and every job seeker. However, pay isn’t always included in the job listing. What you can do is look at industry standards, and break that down by your location. Websites like Glassdoor.com, Payscale.com and Salary.com can give you insights about how much a job would pay you. You can use this as a guide when looking to see what jobs might be a good fit.

When you find out about what the jobs you are researching are looking for in a potential employee, you can take what you have learned and change things if need be. For example, if you are interested in one job but don’t have the education, you can find out what you would need to do to get that education before you would apply. If the job seems like a good fit, this can be a good way to still go after what you want. 

 

Top Veteran Employer & Veteran Benefits in All 50 States

List of Top Veteran Benefit and Employer for Every State

Deciding where to live and work after transitioning out of the military can be an overwhelming process especially if you haven’t decided which state to live in. We have put together some factors for you to consider. Setting yourself up to make sure your money goes further and living in a state that has veteran employment programs as well as companies willing to hire veterans will help the transition from military life to civilian life.

Areas to Consider

Cost of Living

Consists of all of your living expenses including groceries, utilities, insurance, and housing. The average cost of living is 100 nationally and can be used as a gage to determine affordability. We have used insure.coms cost of living metrics.

Median Income

The middle point of a sample of household incomes, it is a good gage to determine what your income might be in each state starting out. According to census.gov in 2019 Median household income was $68,703.

Top Benefit

Provides insight on how military friendly and a state might be as well as how popular and useful that benefit is to other military members.

Top Veteran Employer

Know who the top veteran employer may give you a leg up in searching for a job after you have left the military. Once companies hire veterans and discover their amazing work ethic they commit to hiring more.

Individual State Benefits

Wherever you are planning to move check out the all 50 states’ veterans benefits offered in each state at CollegeRecon.com. Knowing what is available to you could help determine where you might live or help you get access to benefits in your current state.

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State Listing of Top Veteran Benefits and Employers

Alabama

Average Cost of living:   85.76

Median household income: $48,486

Top Benefit: State Veterans Homes

Top Veteran Employer: Navigator Development Group, Inc.

 

Alaska

Average Cost of living:   122.88

Median household income: $76,715

Top Benefit: Alaska Property Tax Exemption

Top Veteran Employer: The State of Alaska

 

Arizona

Average Cost of living:   97.66

Median household income: $56,213

Top Benefit: Special License Plates

Top Veteran Employer: List of veteran friendly employers

 

Arkansas

Average Cost of living:   89.17

Median household income: $45,726

Top Benefit: State tax exemption on military retirement pay

Top Veteran Employer:  The State of Arkansas

 

California

Average Cost of living:   148.53

Median household income: $71,228

Top Benefit: Flexible financing for home purchases

Top Veteran Employer:  Employment Development Department (EDD) Workforce Services

 

Colorado

Average Cost of living:   107.01

Median household income: $68,811

Top Benefit: Tax exemption on homes

Top Veteran Employer: Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

 

Connecticut

Average Cost of living:   121.59

Median household income: $76,106

Top Benefit: Veteran designation State Driver’s License and ID Cards

Top Veteran Employer: Lockheed Martin, United Technologies Corporation, Sikorsky, Electric Boat, Peoples United, Cigna and Aetna. Click here for more information.

 

Delaware

Average Cost of living:   107.51

Median household income: $65,627

Top Benefit: Veterans license plates

Top Veteran Employer: Dover Air Force Base and the state of Delaware.

 

Florida

Average Cost of living:   103.45

Median household income: $53,267

Top Benefit: Tax exemption benefits on homes

Top Veteran Employer: CSX and Florida Blue. Click here for more information.

 

Georgia

Average Cost of living:   90.73

Median household income: $55,679

Top Benefit: Free license plates for Veterans

Top Veteran Employer: The Southern Company.

 

Hawaii

Average Cost of living:   198.49

Median household income: $78,084

Top Benefit: Totally Disabled Veterans Real Property Tax Exemption

Top Veteran Employer: Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the U.S. Government

 

Idaho

Average Cost of living:   95.52

Median household income: $53,089

Top Benefit: Reduced hunting & fishing license and tag fees

Top Veteran Employer: Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

 

Illinois

Average Cost of living:   97.68

Median household income: $63,575

Top Benefit: Veteran designation on driver’s licenses

Top Veteran Employer: The Illinois State Government.

 

Indiana

Average Cost of living:   90.19

Median household income: $54,325

Top Benefit: Cancellation of tuition and fees for children of disabled Veterans

 

Iowa

Average Cost of living:   91.12

Median household income: $58,580

Top Benefit:  Homeownership Assistance Program

Top Veteran Employer: Home Base Iowa Initiative

 

Kansas

Average Cost of living:   89.17

Median household income: $57,422

Top Benefit: Hunting and fishing fee discount

Top Veteran Employer: The state of Kansas

 

Kentucky

Average Cost of living:   92.93

Median household income: $48,392

Top Benefit: Tuition waived at all state colleges and universities for dependents of qualifying veterans

Top Veteran Employer: UPS, Humana, and Toyota. Click here for more information.

 

Louisiana

Average Cost of living:   100.71

Median household income: $47,942

Top Benefit: Retired military pay excluded from state income tax

Top Veteran Employer: website

 

Maine

Average Cost of living:   114.6

Median household income: $55,425

Top Benefit: Maine Resident Lifetime Veteran State Park and Museum Pass

Top Veteran Employer: Bath Iron Works.

 

Maryland

Average Cost of living:   121.32

Median household income: $81,868

Top Benefit: Property tax exemption

Top Veteran Employer: Department of Defense agencies and private sector defense contractors

 

Massachusetts

Average Cost of living:   128.44

Median household income: $77,378

Top Benefit: Retired military pay income tax benefit

Top Veteran Employer: For information visit here

 

Michigan

Average Cost of living:   97.22

Median household income: $54,938

Top Benefit: Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF)

Top Veteran Employer: DTE and Consumers

 

Minnesota

Average Cost of living:   103.56

Median household income: $68,411

Top Benefit: VA Claims representation or State Soldiers Assistance Program

Top Veteran Employer: The state of Minnesota, Target, Best Buy, and Cargill. Click here for more information.

 

Mississippi

Average Cost of living:   85.76

Median household income: $43,567

Top Benefit: Homestead exemption

Top Veteran Employer: Huntington-Ingalls.

 

Missouri

Average Cost of living:   90.78

Median household income: $53,560

Top Benefit: State Veterans Services Program

Top Veteran Employer: Boeing

 

Montana

Average Cost of living:   106.35

Median household income: $52,559

Top Benefit: Veteran Designation on the drivers’ licenses

Top Veteran Employer: website

 

Nebraska

Average Cost of living:   91.73

Median household income: $59,116

Top Benefit: Nebraska Veterans Registry

Top Veteran Employer:  Werner Enterprises

 

Nevada

Average Cost of living:   103.49

Median household income: $57,598

Top Benefit: Nevada veterans property tax exemption

Top Veteran Employer: Cosmopolitan

 

New Hampshire

Average Cost of living:   105.25

Median household income: $74,057

Top Benefit: Property tax credits

Top Veteran Employer: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and BAE Systems

 

New Jersey

Average Cost of living:   124.28

Median household income: $79,363

Top Benefit: $6,000 exemption on income tax return

Top Veteran Employer: The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

 

New Mexico

Average Cost of living:   88.41

Median household income: $48,059

Top Benefit: Veterans State property tax exemption

Top Veteran Employer: Veterans Business Development Division

 

New York

Average Cost of living:   145.04

Median household income: $65,323

Top Benefit: Fresh Connect Checks Program

Top Veteran Employer: New York State Police

 

North Carolina

Average Cost of living:   93.89

Median household income: $52,413

Top Benefit: Veteran license plates and the tax exclusion for 100% disabled

Top Veteran Employer: Lowe’s and Bank of America

 

North Dakota

Average Cost of living:   96.97

Median household income: $63,473

Top Benefit: Grant program

Top Veteran Employer: Midwest AgEnergy and Sysco North Dakota

 

Ohio

Average Cost of living:   91.56

Median household income: $54,533

Top Benefit: Veterans Service Commission.

Top Veteran Employer: The State of Ohio, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and the Department of Job and Family Services. Click here for more information.

 

Oklahoma

Average Cost of living:   89.29

Median household income: $51,424

Top Benefit: 100% Veteran Disability tax exemption

Top Veteran Employer: For more information click here

 

Oregon

Average Cost of living:   134.67

Median household income: $59,393

Top Benefit: Veteran recognition license plates

Top Veteran Employer: Public Employers Grant Preference

 

Pennsylvania

Average Cost of living:   104.05

Median household income: $59,445

Top Benefit: Real Estate Tax Exemption

Top Veteran Employer: The state of Pennsylvania

 

Rhode Island

Average Cost of living:   117.86

Median household income: $63,296

Top Benefit: Rhode Island National Guard members receive free tuition

Top Veteran Employer: For more information click here.

 

South Carolina

Average Cost of living:   93.71

Median household income: $51,015

Top Benefit: Homestead exemption

Top Veteran Employer: Boeing

 

South Dakota

Average Cost of living:   92.84

Median household income: $56,499

Top Benefit: bonus program

Top Veteran Employer: The state of South Dakota

 

Tennessee

Average Cost of living:   88.3

Median household income: $50,972

Top Benefit: the property tax relief for certain 100% disabled Veterans

Top Veteran Employer: Fedex Express World Hub

 

Texas

Average Cost of living:   95.02

Median household income: $59,570

Top Benefit: Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Department

Top Veteran Employer: Click here for more information.

 

Utah

Average Cost of living:   95.84

Median household income: $68,374

Top Benefit: Veterans property tax abatement

Top Veteran Employer: Zions Bank

 

Vermont

Average Cost of living:   113.27

Median household income: $60,076

Top Benefit: Property tax reduction program

Top Veteran Employer: The State of Vermont and Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

 

Virginia

Average Cost of living:   109.54

Median household income: $71,564

Top Benefit: VA claims assistance program

Top Veteran Employer: CACI International, Inc.

 

Washington

Average Cost of living:   122.18

Median household income: $70,116

Top Benefit: Free license plates for disabled Veterans

Top Veteran Employer: Boeing

 

West Virginia

Average Cost of living:   90.59

Median household income: $44,921

Top Benefit: Receive yearly funds to pay for education and training opportunities

Top Veteran Employer: Agencies of the state government.

 

Wisconsin

Average Cost of living:   97.09

Median household income: $59,209

Top Benefit: WDVA’s online

Top Veteran Employer: Click here for more information

 

Wyoming

Average Cost of living:   101.23

Median household income: $62,268

Top Benefit: Property tax exemption

Top Veteran Employer: Walmart

 

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Walmart Helps Veterans, Military Spouses Find Employment

Walmart, the nation’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer, has stepped up it’s game when it comes to helping Veterans and their spouses find employment.

Walmart developed a new program called Find-a-Future, which is designed to assist transitioning service members, veterans, and their families in finding meaningful employment. Whether the goal is to further education, start a business, or just simply get a job, Walmart’s new initiative can make that happen.

Find-A-Future Initiative

After registering for the program, the process starts with an interview. You will be matched with a career coach who will discuss your goals, education, and skills that you bring to the table. Your coach will be a real person who is trained and experienced in helping veterans find careers after the service.

Once you’ve interviewed with your Find-A-Future career coach, they will help develop your plan that could lead down any one of three tracks: Employment, Education, or Entrepreneurship.

Employment Track

This path will guide you through the various ways veterans get jobs. This track offers career counseling through Walmart’s third-party provider, and it can connect you to various career fairs like those hosted by Hire Our Heroes.

If you so desire, you will also have the opportunity to work at Walmart while also attending the company’s online school, Live Better U. Through LBU, Walmart and Sam’ Club associates have the opportunity to either learn skilled trades or expand into the IT field with their digital certificates. Walmart has partnered with Penn Foster, eCornell, and Southern New Hampshire University to enhance the company’s debt free college options.

Additionally, you don’t have to work for Walmart to use Find-A-Future! The company will help you find job opportunities with companies that match your goals and desires.

Education Track

Using company resources, Walmart has the ability to place veterans into fellowships and internships with its corporate partners, which could also lead to careers at those organizations.

Upskilling programs are also offered through this track, which can help a veteran or their spouse with extra training and certifications to make them more competitive in today’s job market.

Once you have completed the training along your chosen path, you will have the opportunity to interview with Walmart and other companies in Administration, Management, Supply Chain, or other roles.

Entrepreneurship Track

Walmart’s Find-A-Future program will match veterans with other businesses that will act as training programs for the candidate. You will have the opportunity to assist those companies in getting their products onto Walmart’s shelves in stores around the country.

Find-A-Future Development

Walmart’s new initiative to assist the military community came about through partnerships with Syracuse University, Hiring Our Heroes, and Student Veterans of America. These three institutions were key in the development of Walmart’s Find-A-Future program and continue to serve alongside the global retailer to enhance veteran careers.

Syracuse University hosts the unique Institute for Veterans & Military Families, which offers career training, entrepreneurship programs, and community services to veterans and their families.

Hiring Our Heroes is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation that serves to connect the military community with American businesses for training and employment opportunities.

Student Veterans of America is a non-profit organization that advocates for Veterans in higher education by providing resources and support to student veterans seeking education.

RELATED: Companies Offering Tuition Reimbursement

Find-A-Future Registration

If you’re interested in taking advantage of Walmart’s newest initiative to support the military community, head to the Find-A-Future website, scroll to the bottom of the page, and enter your information.

In addition to your name, email, and phone number, you will be asked about your current status or connection to the military community: active, guard/reserve, veteran, or military spouse.

You will then select which track you are most interested in following. Keep in mind, you can change this track after talking to your assigned career coach.

If you are transitioning from the service, a veteran, or a spouse of either one, then I encourage you to explore this amazing opportunity. Walmart has a history of assisting our military community, and they have raised the bar with their new Find-A-Future initiative.

What are you waiting for? Go find your future!

 

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Military Employment Guide: Continued Education & Training

Step by Step Guide to Employment: Continued Education and Training – General Military

Once you have figured out what your career path is, and possible jobs that you may want to apply for, you may need to continue your education and go back to school. You might need a certain degree, such as an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree, or you may just need a few more classes or a certificate of some kind.

As a service member or former service member, you have Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits that you can use for your education. It would be important to know how to register for them, how to transfer them if need be, and what you need to do in order to have them pay for your schooling.

In addition, vocational training and preparing yourself for entrepreneurship can get you on the right path for your new career. Whether you are planning to open your own business right away, or plan to in the future, knowing what to expect is important.

Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

With your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, you should be able to go to school for no cost. Of course, this does depend on where you are going to go to school, how much has already been used, and what you plan to do.

  • Are you eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits? You are if you have served on active duty for at least 90 days, after September 10, 2001.
  • You will then need to apply for benefits. Gather the following documents: your social security number, direct deposit information, education, and military history, and basic information about the school or training facility.
  • You can apply online, by mail, in person, or work with a trained professional. Keep in mind it can take up to 30 days to process your education claim.
  • After you have applied and your claim is accepted you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility, (COE), or award letter in the mail. You will then need to bring this to the VA certifying official at your school.
  • What happens if you get denied and disagree with that decision? You can request a decision review or manage a legacy appeal.

You also have the option of transferring your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. Doing so will allow a spouse or a child to use them if you don’t plan to do so in the future. You will need to apply to transfer those benefits, as they don’t just happen automatically.

  • First of all, find out if you can even qualify to transfer your benefits. You need to be active duty, or in the Selected Reserve and have completed at least six years of service on the date your request is approved. You also need to add four more years to your service. The person getting the benefits will need to be enrolled in DEERS.
  • Once the Transfer of Entitlement (TOE) is approved, your dependent can apply for up to 36 months of benefits.
  • Spouses can use these benefits right away. They can be used whether you are on active duty or after you have separated, for up to 15 years after you do so. They can’t however receive MHA if you are still on active duty.
  • Children can also use them whether you are on active duty or after you have separated, however, you will need to have at least 10 years of service before they can do so. They also need a high school diploma or be 18 years of age, and they do qualify for MHA, even if you are active duty. They can’t use the benefits after they turn 26.
  • When you are still on active duty you will need to request, change, or revoke a TOE through milConnect. Once approved you can apply online or by mail.

Prepping for Vocational Training

You might need to look into vocational training to gain the certificates and skills you need to apply for certain jobs, or even to move forward in your current job. Vocational training is training to get the skills you need, usually in highly technical or hands-on fields. Some examples would be plumbing, culinary arts, fashion design, graphic design, automotive repair, medical assistant, dental assistant, and nursing assistant.

You can attend state vocational schools, private schools, and non-profit technical schools to earn a certificate in the subject you want. Community colleges also have many of these options. You need to figure out if you would like to attend online or in person, and where you actually want to go. This might be hugely dependent on where you live and what is available to you.

While it might depend on the subject, most of these courses will take you a couple of months, and some you can earn in a matter of weeks. On the other side, you might also find some programs that are more in-depth and take longer, even up to a couple of years.

  • Decide what skills you want to go to vocational school for
  • Decide where you will go and if you will go in person or online
  • Fill out an application for the school
  • Figure out how you will pay for the vocational training. Will you be using your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits?  Make sure to follow the directions above to receive those benefits.

Prepping for Entrepreneurship

If you want to go the entrepreneurship route and create and run your own business, you will want to prepare to do so. First of all, what will you be doing? What will your business be? You can offer a service-based business such as coaching, or repair work, or a product-based business, such as selling consumer items, or even items you have created yourself. There are a lot of options when it comes to entrepreneurship.

In order to prepare yourself for this career path, you will need to ask yourself a few questions.

  • What will your business be? How will you set it all up?
  • What skills will you need to pursue this path? Do you need any more education to help you get started?
  • Do you have the right mindset for entrepreneurship? You may need to work on that. Working for yourself can be very different from working for someone else.
  • Commit to it. As an entrepreneur, you will go through ups and downs and things won’t always be easy. Committing to this type of career path is important.
  • Know the law. When it comes to being an entrepreneur, there are certain tax laws, and business laws you need to make sure you are aware of. Get your ducks in a row before you get started, and make sure you have done everything you can to prepare.

Continuing your education and training is a good goal to have, whether you need it for a specific job, or to run your own business. Take the time to figure out what you personally need, and work on getting it done. You will then be in a much better place to succeed, find a new job, and get the most out of your career.

 

 

VA Offers Career, Educational Counseling to Veterans

In addition to the many programs offered by the Department of Affairs (VA), lesser known benefits available to all Veterans are the Educational and Career Counseling services.

Education & Counseling for Veterans

Officially known as Personalized Career Planning and Guidance (PCPG), or VA Chapter 36, this program is available to Veterans and their dependents. For those who have eligible VA education benefits, the PCPG offers free education counseling, career guidance, and planning for both.

PCPG Eligibility

To be eligible for these counseling resources, one of the following must be true:

  • You will be discharged under conditions other than dishonorable from active duty within six months, OR
  • You separated from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable not more than one year ago, OR
  • You qualify as a Veteran or service member for educational assistance under a VA educational program, OR
  • You are a service member, Veteran, or dependent currently eligible for VA education benefits

PCPG Benefits

The services available under Chapter 36 are:

  • Career counseling to help you decide which civilian or military jobs you want
  • Educational counseling to help you find a training program or field of study
  • Academic and adjustment counseling to help you address issues or barriers that get in the way of your success
  • Resume support and goal planning
  • Assist with the development of an employment plan

These services are offered by trained and certified counselors who can help with your transition from military to civilian life.

The best part is, as long as you remain eligible, you can use the PCPG as many times as you want. The program is designed to “meet you where you are” in the process of finding a job or education program.

Applying to PCPG

If you are eligible and you’re seeking education or career counseling, there are three ways to apply for VA Chapter 36.

  1. Apply Online
  2. Apply by mail using VA Form 28-8832
    1. Just print and mail to: Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) Intake Center, Department of Veterans Affairs, P.O. Box 5210, Janesville, WI 53547-5210
  3. Take your application to the nearest regional office, or to a VetSuccess on Campus counselor

Do Not Miss PCPG Counseling

If you are nearing your transition, or if you’ve already done so, please don’t skip this counseling. It’s free, and many Veterans don’t even know it’s available.

I was one of those. I retired in 2014, and I faced many challenges when choosing a new career field, a degree program, and other obstacles. Sure, I conquered them eventually, but I did it alone and it didn’t have to be that way.

You are not alone in your transition. Nor are you alone even years later. If you need help with something, reach out to the VA’s counselors, and even other Veterans.

Let these counselors set you up for success in all of your education and career goals.

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Military Employment Guide: Resume Writing for Military

Step by Step Guide to Employment: Resume for General Military

You have spent the time to figure out what you want your post-military career to look like. You have figured out what you want to pursue, and what types of jobs to apply for. But, before you even apply for these jobs, you need to make sure your resume is done and done correctly. 

You might never have had to create a civilian resume, or maybe you haven’t worked on yours for a long time. Having a good resume is very important. You want to present your best self, starting with your resume. Doing so will grab the attention of the company and help sell your strengths, and hopefully get you that job interview. 

Format – Functional and Chronological

You have a choice between using a functional resume or a chronological resume. What’s the difference? A functional resume groups your skills by job function or expertise. Your skills and achievements are divided into specific areas of expertise. 

A chronological resume is the more common type of resume. They capture your work experience from the most recent job to the oldest job. All of your skills and accomplishments would be listed within each job section. 

Build a Master Resume With All Employment Experience (5 -6 pages)

You will now want to start working on your master resume. This would be a document that would list all of your information. You wouldn’t necessarily send this out to anyone but would use it to pull information for when you are putting a resume together for a particular job. 

On your master resume you would want to include the following:

  • Work History 
  • Education
  • Achievements
  • Awards
  • Skills
  • Training
  • Publications
  • Certifications
  • Licenses
  • Part-time work
  • Volunteer information 

Once you have created your master resume, you will be able to see everything you have to offer a future company. It can also show you any gaps you may have or what you could potentially do for a job. 

Gather up old resumes and other paperwork to help get all the information together. Remember this could take some time. Include as much information as you can. It does not have to be as short as the resume you will send out for a job. 5-6 pages is ideal. 

Make sure to translate everything into civilian terms. Civilians won’t know what most military acronyms mean. Use Military.com’s Military Skills Translator to help you figure out what the civilian terms would be. 

Professional Resume (1 – 2 pages)

Once your master resume is complete, you can start on your professional resume, which is what you would use to apply for most jobs. This would be 1-2 pages and summarize what an employer would need to know, based on the job you are applying for. You might have different professional resumes for different types of jobs.

Catalog Your Accomplishments, Awards, Publications

Go through your master resume and find what accomplishments, awards, and publications to include that can help you stand out when applying for this particular job. Use numbers to highlight your accomplishments, such as “Managed a team of 10.” Include military honors and awards.

Education and Training 

Include all of your education and training, especially what would directly apply to the job you are applying to. Translate your skills from military to civilian terms. You want the potential employer to be able to easily see what you have to offer, in terms they understand. Include the educational institutions and the degrees earned, but dates can be optional. 

Job History

Add your job history including the name of the company, your position, the dates that you worked there, and your job duties. This includes your time in the military. Remember, your work history might be the most important part of your resume.

Identify Your Marketable Skills

Marketable skills are skills that when added to your resume, boost your chances of getting an interview. Some examples would be content writing, project management, social media, and bookkeeping. Go through your previous employment or volunteer work and pull out your marketable skills and make sure they are on your resume. 

Professional References

You may be asked to provide professional references. You wouldn’t want to put them on your resume to begin with. It would be a good idea to gather them so you are ready if they are asked for. Professional references are people that can provide a recommendation and confirm your qualifications for a particular job. Think about former professors or teachers, former employers or coworkers, and even former clients you may have worked for in the past. 

You can also get help with putting together your resume. Here is a list of places that can help you do so:

 

 

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