Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center
861 Glenrock Road, Norfolk, VA 23502 United States
Many veterans feel overwhelmed upon returning home from active duty and beginning the search for full-time work. For many, it is good to be home, but they are at a loss when it comes to where to start when looking for a full-time job. While some people earn a college degree before enlisting & serving in the military, many join after high school, which results in them feeling like they don't know where to start when they return. Most people - including veterans - assume that they must be well-versed in a particular skill, subject or trade to have an enjoyable, successful career. Society constantly encourages the importance of college, internships, and job experience in the field you are pursuing. Although some markets encourage & require these prerequisites, not all fields & companies do.
The search for a full-time career could be as simple as searching the Internet for "jobs for veterans" and filling out an online application. There are companies out there that are not only searching for employees, but are supportive of veterans and are searching for veterans for employees.
The Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board is responsible for developing workforce policy and administering workforce development initiatives in Virginia's Workforce Investment Area 16, which includes these localities: Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. The Board conducts its operations through the "Hampton Roads Workforce Council" organization.
The Hampton Roads Workforce Council oversees federally funded workforce development programs, which assist businesses in accessing qualified workers and jobseekers in finding suitable job openings and bolstering their earning power through training.
Through it's comprehensive and affiliate sites, employment and training opportunities are available under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding.
Services are designed to assist job seekers and local businesses with a skilled and trained workforce to globally compete in our economy.
State of Virginia
The colleges in the Virginia Community College System are committed to evaluating your military experience and granting college credit. This credit, Credit for Prior Learning, can then be applied to meet the academic requirements of a degree or certificate program at that college - so you complete the degree or certificate you need for a future career - faster and at a lower cost.
Credits2Careers evaluates your military experience for college credits and lets you see how they apply to VCCS programs that support your career goals...
The Veterans Education Transition and Employment (VETE) directorate of the Virginia Department of Veteran's Services ensures that every Veteran or eligible person has a full and fair opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential through access to the G.I. Bill approved post-secondary educational, training/licensure/certification, entrepreneurial institutions, V3 certified employers and Virginia Colleges and Universities. Currently, more than 1000 institutions with various programs are approved in Virginia.
The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) promotes economic growth and stability by delivering and coordinating workforce services. The VEC offers career assistance for job seekers, employment services for veterans, and employer services for businesses of all sizes, as well as unemployment benefits and other programs designed to assist with employment.
The Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP) offers transitioning service members and their spouses the best Virginia has to offer. By providing peer-to-peer support through the transition process, VTAP works alongside the transitioning service member or spouse to make referrals that address specific needs. The referral services could include, but is not limited to resume review, introduction to the Virginia Labor Market index, connection with the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) certified companies for employment, and other DVS programs as applicable. The VTAP core areas of focus are those seeking employment, education, and entrepreneurship, but we will also assist those with needs outside of those three core areas. We make a commitment to customer service, and always ensure that referrals are completed with follow up from the VTAP staff.
Over time, VTAP has developed a refined network of employers and other resources that have made a commitment to our transitioning service members and their spouses. Through that network, VTAP partners to offer multiple connection points with those seeking employment through networking events, job fairs, hiring events, and electronic communications promoting jobs and events. We want service members and spouses to start thinking about transition early!
Your gateway to employment and labor market information in Virginia.
Federal & National
Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense's Transition Assistance Program (TAP). B2B provides participants with an overview of business ownership and is open to transitioning service members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses.
Feds Hire Vets is your single site for Federal employment information for Veterans, transitioning military service members, their families, and Federal hiring officials
Military OneSource is a U.S. Department of Defense program that provides resources and support to active-duty, National Guard and Reserve service members and their families anywhere in the world. The program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no cost to users.
Military OneSource services supplement existing service-branch and installation resources. Language-interpretation services are available. Service members and their families can access the program at www.MilitaryOneSource.mil or by calling 1-800-342-9647. International dialing instructions are also listed on the website.
A Career exploration site sponsored by the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
If you're a Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans' preference, as well as other veteran specific hiring options.
Employment is an important issue for Veterans. Helping Veterans find and obtain employment, as well as advance their civilian careers is a high priority. This toolkit is designed to provide you with answers and resources in finding and obtaining employment, as well as making career decisions and excelling in the workplace. A full version of this Resources for Veterans (Handout) list is available for print and download.
Veteran and Military Transition Center is a one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service.
The employment resources you need.
Preparing You for What's Next
LinkedIn is proud to support the military and veterans community. As you launch the next stage of your career, or as your family moves from base to base, we're offering eligible service members, veterans and military spouses one year of free access to LinkedIn Premium and LinkedIn Learning.
Looking Past the Camouflage When veterans leave the military to find civilian employment, Hire Our Heroes is right there to assist them, including assistance in writing resumes and finding employment. We can help veterans tailor their resumes to appeal to civilian employers. Please explore some of the resume builder links and templates below to help get you started.
Transitioning from military to civilian life presents unique challenges. To make things easier and provide structure, a few of the leading organizations in veteran career development have combined forces to create one, easy place to start. The VetNet Resource Library contains tools for your career search along with archived Hangouts, how-to guides and a database of over one million jobs.
This organization ensures that veterans are successful in their transition from combat to the classroom by helping them develop student veteran groups on college campuses across the United States. Also, veterans can support fellow student veterans here.
For Spouse & Family Members
Military OneSource provides comprehensive education and career guidance, support and resources to military spouses pursuing employment or an advanced degree. Read fresh content related to career exploration; education, training and licensing; and employment readiness and career connections. Check out tips and strategies for military spouses that help match your interests, skills and goals with a degree or occupation that's compatible with your mobile military life.
Military spouses are skilled, diverse, and motivated, with sound work values and a strong work ethic.
These characteristics are highly valued by America's top employers. Supporting military spouses is an important part of the Department's mission to expand opportunities for all American workers. VETS is proud to partner with the Military Spouse Employment Partnership to help connect military spouses with employers.
The Veterans Employment Center can help spouses and other family members access valuable career resources.
Employment, education, and relocation resources just for military spouses. Follow the links below for more information. If you or a family member are about to transition into civilian life, you can find employment, training, and benefit information and resources at CareerOneStop's Veteran and Military Transition Center.
If you're a military spouse, you may be eligible to apply using a non-competitive process designed to help you get a job in the federal government.
LinkedIn is expanding our military and veterans program to include military spouses through a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense's Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program. Beginning this July, we'll provide one year of LinkedIn Premium to every military spouse during each of their moves to new installations to help their career transitions, and once again upon conclusion of military service.
It may seem stressful to consider working when balancing the demands of being a military spouse. Being a military spouse often means relocating. It may also mean being the primary caregiver during deployments and training away from home. However, many military spouses today are able to have full-time jobs that fit their lifestyle. This may include jobs with flexible schedules and work-from-home options....
There are two things military spouses should know: 1) change happens and 2) your military community has support to help you make the most of it. That's especially true when it comes to job-finding and advancing your career. Here are ten top tips for tapping into services that can help you find a great job...
Resume Writing Resources
A resource from Career One Stop that explains different resume formats, provides samples of resumes, includes help and advice, etc.
A resume is the representation of your professional self. It is a concise compilation of your educational and professional experience, as well as the skills that make you desirable for the workforce. It is what you use to sell your merit and skills to potential employers.
Your resume is arguable the single most important part of the application process. A well-organized, relevant resume will set you up to get an interview, while a poor resume will get completely lost in the sea of applicants. This is a fairly modern concern, as job postings now get thousands of online applications a day.
The most important part of someone's resume is no longer education, or even experience. The most important section, by far, is the candidate's skills.
One of the most important aspects of the resume is how quickly it can catch the eye of a recruiter or hiring manager. To do so, you need to have keywords.
Military Family Support Resources
Dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of servicewomen, veterans and their families, American Women Veterans is a good resource for veterans looking for retreats, conferences and outreach campaigns that empower members and their communities. Female service members are also encouraged to continue helping out in their communities and the nation through philanthropy
Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) is your one-stop shop for free Parenting and Life Skill programs, Financial programs, Deployment support, Transition and Employment assistance, Relocation assistance, Counseling and Victim Assistance, Exceptional Family Member Support, Information and Referral, and many more programs to promote quality of life for military personnel and their families. Visit the nearest Fleet and Family Support Center for further information on base and community services. FFSC is here to welcome you and assist during your time in Hampton Roads.
Grace After Fire provides support for and helps women Veterans of the United States military who are returning from active duty so that they can re-engage as mothers, wives and daughters in civilian life.
This organization is the nation's first - and largest - group dedicated to the veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their supporters. IAVA teaches veterans how to play a role in the community, connect with others, organize fundraisers and stay informed on issues that are affecting veterans.
Stay up-to-date on changing military, veterans and retirement benefits and pay. Plus, updates on discounts and special offers available only to the military community.
The Mission United team offers a wealth of knowledge and experience to benefit military community members who find themselves in need. Each of us has strong connections to our local military and veteran neighbors, and we are honored to serve those who have served us so faithfully.
The Hampton Roads region boasts one of the largest military-connected populations in the nation - over 400,000 veterans, active duty members, and their families. When our military neighbors are in need, Mission United Hampton Roads stands ready to help, connecting them to community organizations that can provide relief. Mission United, a collective impact initiative spearheaded by the United Way of South Hampton Roads, is a free program that coordinates community services for active duty service members, veterans and their families, connecting them to affordable housing, job training, health care and other resources through a single entry point to the help they need.
Mission United serves the Hampton Roads military and veteran population including:
- Active duty service members from all five branches, including the Reserves and National Guard
- Military retirees
- Military spouses and dependents
We honor those who are serving or have served our country. Stateside Legal was created to strengthen recognition and enforcement of their legal rights and protections and to help "establish justice" on their behalf.
Because the legal system is complicated, the average American may not know about important legal rights and protections. Sometimes, this lack of knowledge is deliberately used by others for unfair advantage. That can be especially true for service members and veterans. We want to give everyone tools to know what the law requires and how to enforce their rights.
An estimated 200,000-plus service members transition out of the military each year. Each Transition from military to civilian life is unique, and USO PathfinderSM is there to help service members and military spouses through the process. Whether an individual needs help finding a civilian job that suits their skills and interest, securing financial stability, researching education options, taking advantage of their GI Bill, utilizing their VA Home Loan or any other veteran programs, maintaining family strength and personal wellness through the process, or more - participants will get a personalized Action Plan and one-on-one support from a USO Pathfinder Scout.
Scouts support service members and family members up to one year before their transition and ensure continuity of care by extending support up to one year beyond the service member's date of separation. Scouts also support military spouses throughout the many transitions they face during their family's time in service. Through the USO's vast network of networks, Scouts connect individuals directly to best-in-class public and private resources across the nation that offer relevant services to transitioning service members and military spouses.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers information about suicide prevention, addiction and trauma. Veterans can also learn to cope with fear and anxiety and deal with grief.
U.S. VETS offers many programs and services to veterans, including transitional and affordable housing, job training, career centers, mental health services and counseling. The organization's Advance Women's Program is designed to help women veterans with military sexual trauma, health issues and psychological barriers.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars strive to do good things for veterans, their families and their communities. This organization offers assistance through the National Veterans Service, transitioning back into society, troop support programs, post-military help and programs for veterans' family members.