Veterans Career Resource Information

We at the University of Arkansas Career Development Center thank you for your service to our country. We are here to assist you with your transition to your civilian life and your education. Veterans have the opportunity and skill sets to enter a variety of industries. Because your skills and experiences differ from those of a more traditional student, you will find it necessary to transfer or translate those skills into terms that are most marketable to a potential employer. Employers recognize the unique value of your military experience, but they don’t always understand how military skills fit into corporate America. Veterans will need to clearly make the connection on their resume, cover letter, and job interviews. Here are some tips for veterans coming off active duty:

  • Speak the language of the employer, highlight specific military skills and spell out how they relate to the responsibilities in the job listing.
  • Your military experience is an asset and should be emphasized on the resume.
  • Advertise your experience with bulleted list of accomplishments on your resume or cover letter.
  • Emphasize unique qualities to the employer such as:
    • Disciplined approach to work
    • Teamwork and leadership
    • Respect and integrity
    • Problem-solving
    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Communication skills
    • Dependability and ability to overcome adversity
  • Overcoming Personal Challenges

Schedule an appointment to meet with one of our career counselors. Some of the services we can provide to you include:

  • Career counseling, career assessments, and assistance deciding on a major
  • Assistance converting your military resume to a civilian resume
  • Assistance creating a strong resume and cover letter
  • Job search strategies, career fairs, and employer networking opportunities
  • Training for interview skills and the opportunity to conduct mock interviews
  • Join the Career Track Razorbacks (CTR) and have your own individual career coach

Below are some links that will help you with job and career opportunities:

Razorback CareerLink

Razorback CareerLink (RCL) is the UA's online electronic job management system that allows students and alumni to search for and apply to part-time, full-time jobs, internships and co-op positions. Employers use RCL to specifically search for and potentially hire U of A students and alumni. A new feature, the Veterans’ Resume Book, allows for UA Veterans to circulate their resumes within Razorback CareerLink to potential employers.

How do I get started?

1. To begin using the system, login at careerlink.uark.edu, enter your UA username and password. In order to begin searching for positions, be sure to update your profile and upload a resume. For more instructions on using the system please go to: this link or call our office at (479) 575-2805; or email recruit@uark.edu.

2. Upload Your Resume to the Veterans Resume Books-A Resume Book is another job search tool that enables active job seekers to circulate their resumes within Razorback CareerLink to potential employers. By including your resume in a Resume Book, you are allowing interested employers to view your resume and contact you directly about jobs openings, information sessions, or interviews.

Employers sign up for Resume Book access and then manage each Resume Book online. They can view and download resumes, sort candidate lists by major, class level, applicant type and even do resume keyword searches. This helps them identify candidates for follow-up. Please remember that Resume Books are not the main source of candidates for employers using CareerLink. You should still search and apply for positions directly!

Follow the steps below if you would like to include your resume in the Veterans Resume Book or other relevant resume books:

1. Login to CareerLink
2. Click on the “Documents” tab
3. Select the “Opt-In Resume Book” sub-tab
4. Click “Select Resume Books” for the resume you wish to add to a Resume Book
5. Select a Resume Book from the “Target Opt-In Resume Book” drop down menu
6. Click “Submit”

Job websites for veterans

Military friendly employers

  • http://odin.aafes.com/employment/logins.html Army Air Force Exchange, AAFES
  • ClearedJobs.net is a site focused on helping former military members who had clearances connect with employers who need employees who qualify for clearances..
  • USAA is the United Services Automobile Association, as most military members know (and appreciate), and USAA hires former military members who understand USAA members very well.
  • USPS jobs is where you will find jobs with the Post Office. USPS has always had a veterans' "preference" program, and you should receive credit for your military service, particularly if you were disabled as a result.
  • TAOonline (Transition Assistance Online) lists over 30 military friendly employers with links to the job postings.
  • Walmart - Walmart has a commitment to hire 100,000 veterans by 2018. Find more about the commitment here.
  • Tyson - has also made a commitment to hire veterans. They currently have a Camo to Khaki initiative going on. Find more information here.
  • Watch our Hire-A-Vet Employer Panel Webinar

Translating your military experience into a civilian job

Job search advice

  • Military to Federal Career Guide by Kathryn K. Troutman (The Resume Place)Kathy Troutman of The Resume Place is the expert on the Federal resume, and she has now published a book for you separating military personnel who would like to go from serving your country to working for your country. From this website you can learn about the book, order a copy, and register (free) to begin preparing your new Federal resume.

  • The Veteran's Job Search, Job-hunt.org This section of Job-Hunt.org begins with an extensive article on how you can make that transition from the military to the civilian workforce, then points you towards several additional articles and resources to guide you along. Courtesy of Susan Joyce, editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org and a veteran of the USMC. (I know better than to say things like "retired", "separated", or "former" when dealing with Marines.)

  • De-conflicting Your Job Search, Tom Wolfe (Civilian Jobs News, March/April 2010)
    "I am sorry, sir, but we will not be able to interview you after all. It seems that your resume is in our applicant tracking database several times. Normally that would not be a problem, but because you are being tracked under three different source codes, we will have to reject all copies . . ." It is a very real scenario, so Mr. Wolfe offers advice on how to avoid this potential problem as you search for opportunities. Mr. Wolfe is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a private career coach specializing in military-to-civilian transition. More articles of his can be found on the Veterans of Modern Warfare website. His book, Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition is now available (you can preview it on the website).

  • Job Search Etiquette , Tom Wolfe (Civilian Jobs News, July/August 2010)
    "Much like the rules of etiquette that exist for society in general, organizations tend to have their own standards of acceptable behavior. You are familiar with military service etiquette, and when you join a civilian organization, you will discover a new, albeit similar, set of rules. During your transition, it is important to keep in mind an additional set - those that define job search etiquette." Mr. Wolfe outlines many etiquette rules and offers advice on how to present your best face. Mr. Wolfe is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a private career coach specializing in military-to-civilian transition. His book, Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition, is now available.

  • Key Job Search Lessons from a US State Department Intern, Andreas Lucido (NCDA Career Convergence)Mr. Lucido was Capt. Lucido, US Army Ranger, so his lessons have a lot of information for fellow veterans who seek jobs with the Federal government.

  • Military Transition & Discipline (Ask the Headhunter blog, September 25, 2008)
    Marvelous article with advice to a member of the US Army on how to handle a successful job search once he separates from the service. I agree with every word, especially these from the close: "The edge you have is discipline. The military has given you that in spades. It's something every job hunter in the civilian world needs, because roaming the job boards isn't a task. Identifying your objective, focusing on it, pursuing it, and not stopping until you attain it requires¦ well, you get it. You don't need to transition. Just apply your discipline to the task at hand and don't abandon what you learned in the Army about getting the job done."

  • Transitioning From The Military: Been There, Done That, Got The Green T-shirts To prove It, Shawn P. Conlon (Career Convergence, Oct. 2011, ncda.org)
    After 20 years in the Marine Corp, this retired Lt. Colonel discovered how hard it is to transition from military to civilian life. As he completes his MS in Counseling, he has some great advice for his fellow military personnel, those who work with them as they transition, and potential employers.

  • Best Practices in Resume Writing For Veterans, Wendy Enelow
    Excellent article with great advice on writing a resume that will advance your after-service job search. Wendy Enelow is a well-known resume preparation expert.

  • From the Armed Forces to the Work Force, Eilene Zimmerman, "The Career Couch" (NYTimes.com, Sept 6, 2008) A short series of questions and answers discussing the best ways for military personnel who are separating from the service to make that transition to the civilian workforce.

  • Bridging Employment Gaps: Strategies from a Military Spouse, Stefani Schomaker (NCDA.org)
    Advice from a Career Counselor and military spouse to other military spouses on how to keep your professional skills and experience current despite frequent relocations.

  • Military to Civilian.com
    A gateway to the many employment and recruiting services offered by Bradley-Morris Inc., a large military-focused job placement firm. The services here include transition advice as well as career opportunities, and all services are free to job seekers.

Resume samples and resources

Local Veteran Resources

  • Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs is here to assist you in obtaining the benefits you have rightfully earned. We feel privileged to serve the men and women who have so ably served our country in times of war and peace.

  • Arkansas Vets One-stop shop supporting Arkansas Veterans and their families

  • Vet Center We are the people in VA who welcome home war veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. Vet Centers understand and appreciate Veterans’ war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.

  • Arkansas Crisis Center The center plays a crucial role in linking residents in need with available community resources

  • Razorback Student Veterans Registered student organization for University of Arkansas student veterans

  • Veterans Healthcare System of Ozarks VA provides a wide range of benefits including, Disability, Education and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Home Loan Guaranty, Dependant and Survivor Benefits, Medical Treatment, Life Insurance and Burial Benefits

  • VetSuccess on Campus The VetSuccess program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

  • Veterans Resource and Information Center Center assists prospective and current University of Arkansas student veterans needing assistance with the admissions process, applying for military educational benefits and scholarship, and referrals to various academic departments around the campus.

  • VA Women’s Health The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks Women's Health Program targets programs and facilities to meet the unique needs of female veterans.

Diversity in the Workplace

Many companies and organizations are focusing on a commitment to diversity. Employers are interested in you for the unique perspectives and experiences that you will bring to the workplace. Organizations may implement initiatives to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. Differences people bring to the work environment may include race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, geographic background, education, economic background, visible and invisible disabilities, and communication styles.

The University Career Development Center offers unique networking opportunities like the Diversity Networking Reception, Career Fairs, and other workshops. Check out our Events page to see upcoming events that you may be interested in.

If you are a member of the Career Track Razorbacks (CTR) and are interested in learning more about Diversity in the Workplace, click on the link below and complete the assignment. This will count as an elective in the Career Exploration category for PDI requirements.

Diversity in the Workplace Video


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