Veterans

Career Services is dedicated to assisting the career needs of our veterans and enlisted students. Veterans enter UCSB with a plethora of skills that employers flag for veteransand graduate schools seek such as leadership, discipline, dedication, management, multicultural awareness, and various technical skills. At Career we can help veteran students discover these skills and work towards future career goals. We encourage our veteran students to work with our career counselors to explore any career or personal issues that may impact their career.

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Highlighted Resources and Opportunities

Undergradu-Vets National Career Conference
October 19-21, 2017 in Chicago, IL
While we know that colleges and universities across America are filled with amazing, accomplished military veteran undergraduates, this event is uniquely designed to connect the sponsor firms with candidates who exclusively represent the top-ranked 4-year colleges and universities.

Hiring Our Heroes
A program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Attend employment workshops, discover hiring fairs, search for jobs, and find a mentor. Also, has a spouse program. Upcoming Hiring Fairs:

  • August 17, 2017 - San Francisco
  • August 29-August 30, 2017- Camp Pendleton

Career Information

American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. With the help of business professionals nationwide, ACP offers veterans tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling, and networking opportunities.
 
The U.S. Department of Labor recognizes that employers can sometimes find it difficult to navigate the plethora of Veterans hiring resources available to them. So, this Toolkit was developed to simplify the process and put valuable resources at your fingertips. It serves to pinpoint helpful tools and outline some important steps to take when designing a Veterans hiring initiative that works for your particular business.
 
California offers a variety of employment services and benefits to veterans who are unemployed or seeking employment including employment services to help you find a job, unemployment benefits for while you are seeking employment, and apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs that pay you while you prepare for a sustainable career.
 
The Call of Duty Endowment helps veterans find high quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job market and by raising awareness of the value vets bring to the workplace.
 
An online job center dedicated to reemploying veterans.
 
A comprehensive and detailed list of companies who are dedicated to helpin veterans utilize their military skills in a new form of employment.
 
The EBV National Program is a novel, one-of-a-kind initiative designed to leverage the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities and a passion for entrepreneurship as well as military family members who serve in a caregiver role to a veteran with a service-connected disability. The aim of the program is to open the door to economic opportunity for our veterans and their families by developing their competencies in creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture.
 
Federal job opportunities are available across our country and around the world. Planning early is a smart decision. This information will help you understand veterans' preference, how Federal jobs are filled, and unique veteran appointing authorities designed to help you find a job.
 
Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. The program is designed to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry.
 
The Obama Administration has created employment resources such as the Veteran Employment Center and the Military Spouse Employment Portal to help veterans translate their military skills for the civilian workforce, built new online tools to aid veterans in their search for jobs, and partnered with the private sector to make it easier to connect our veterans with companies that want to hire them.
 
The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. They redeploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve.
 
The Real Warriors Campaign provides resources to convert your military experience to civilian employment.
 
Return to Work Inc. (R2W) provides personalized vocational rehabilitation and employment services to Veterans,  their spouses and Americans with disabilities including wounded warriors. Return To Work Inc. (R2W) provides specialized vocational evaluations, career counseling services, and entry into a nationwide employer network to help you transition back into the workforce. R2W clients receive continuous support from caring and personable Employment Specialists.
 
Our Today's Military overview pages show the various stages of a military career, from the joining process to training, working and taking advantage of military benefits.
 
Information about the variety of benefits offered to veterans through the government.
 
The Veterans Employment Center connects Veterans and their families with meaningful employment and career development opportunities.
 
Services provided by the US Department of Labor to veterans to aid them in their employment after service.
 
A list of companies looking to hire veterans separated by state. Browse through the list to find employers you want to work for!
 
The mission of Vet Fran is to provide access and opportunities in Franchising to our nation’s veterans and their spouses.
 
Veteran’s Guide to Developing a Resume
The majority of civilian recruiters are searching resume databases using civilian keywords. Increase your chances of getting a recruiter’s phone call by learning how to “de-militarized” your resume.
 
Join forces is committed to: expanding employment and career development opportunitiesfor veterans and military spouses, highlighting the workforce potential of veterans and military spouses, educating employers about the need to create military family-friendly workplaces, and working to reduce or eliminate licensing and credentialing barriers.
 
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.

Professional Associations

FVC cultivates a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and develops viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. FVC believes that veterans possess the unique skills and character needed to strengthen rural communities and create sustainable food systems.
 
IAVA provides valuable resources and empowers veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community. Through education, advocacy and community building, we strive to create a country which honors and supports veterans of all generations.
 
The National Association of Veterans Upward Bound (NAVUB) is the professional association for Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) staff personnel. Veterans Upward Bound projects, supported by NAVUB, are dedicated to fully developing the personal potential of all U.S. military veterans, just as NAVUB is dedicated to fully developing professional staff members who work with VUB's veterans.
 
The National Career Development Association (NCDA) provides professional development, publications, standards, and advocacy to practitioners and educators who inspire and empower individuals to achieve their career and life goals.
 

Student Conservation Association (SCA)
The SCA offers a US Military Veterans Program to prepare Veteran's for careers in conservation.

Job Links

G.I. JOBS
Signing up on G.I. Jobs means you'll get step-by-step guidance on your transition. They've developed the tools to gauge your transition readiness and have worked with experts to write content specifically for people leaving the military. Sign up for free!
 
A job board created by the website military times with listings of thougsands of jobs from across the country.
 
Put your unique military skills to work at a company that values your service.
 
Connecting Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, Their Families and Caregivers with Those Who Support Them.
 
Operation RE/MAX offices have made a commitment to hire and mentor military spouses, veterans and transitioning personnel. The available jobs depend on the individual office, but can range from office manager to accountant to real estate agent.

SVA's Student Veteran Success Corps
Check out the SVA's Student Veteran Success Corp for list of corporate sponsors who are interested in hiring veterans. These corporate sponsors hold webinars and virtual information sessions several times a year to inform you of their opportunities.

VAforVETS
A portal designed to help Veterans and Transitioning Military Service Members find federal employment. VA is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for all Veterans and Military Service Members to our civilian workforce. Whether you're a newly hired Veteran employee or continue National Guard or Reserve service, the tools and resources on this site will help you start or continue your VA career.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The US Department of Veterans Affairs offers Vocational Rehabilitation and Employmnet (VR&E) services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.
 

Veterans2Work and Salesforce.com
In partnership with Salesforce.com, Veterans2Work has put together a unique on-the-job training opportunity for U.S. military veterans to launch their careers in cloud computing. Salesforce.com is the leader in cloud computing, which is one of the fastest growing segments in the U.S. economy. This full-immersion program is free of charge to qualified veterans and runs for 12 weeks.  At the end of that period, we will help veterans land a full time job with a Salesforce customer. Typical starting salaries for SF Admins are $60-70,000 per year, with very bright career prospects.

VRS Virtual Career Fair
This is a great resource for Veterans, Active Duty and Military Spouses. VRS runs several virtual career fairs a year and you can participate from anywhere in the world.