The Arizona Department of Veterans' Services has partnered with the Arizona Coalition for Military Families to connect service members, veterans and their family members to employment, educational and small business ownership opportunities. The Military/Veteran Employment Portal includes:
- Military Skills Translator – Translates your service’s MOS, AFSC or Rating skill set and responsibilities into civilian HR terms
- Online Resume Builder – Builds a competitive civilian resume based on the skills you acquired in the military
- Online document storage – Store and retrieve your resumes and cover letters online
- Personalized job portal – Jobs matching your experience and qualifications are sent to you automatically
The Military/Veteran Employment Portal is part of the Military/Veteran Employment Resource Center located at the Arizona National Guard Personnel Readiness Center at Papago Park Military Reservation (52nd Street and McDowell in Phoenix).
Military/Veteran Employment Resource Center
1335 N. 52nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
The Military/Veteran Employment Resource Center is open to all service members, veterans & their families.
DES operates two programs throughout Arizona to assist veterans in finding employment:
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP): DVOP specialists provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of special disabled veterans, disabled veterans, veterans and eligible persons. DVOP specialist are actively involved in outreach efforts to increase program participation among those with the greatest barriers to employment.
Intensive Services provided by DVOP specialists include: assessments, employment plans, career guidance, referral to supportive services and training, connection to job openings.
Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER): LVER staff conduct outreach to employers and engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for veterans, encourage the hiring of disabled veterans and generally assist veterans to gain and retain employment.
LVER staff conduct seminars for employers and job search workshops for veterans seeking employment, and facilitate priority of service in regard to employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans by all staff of the employment service offices.
The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS).
An eligible veteran can present the Gold Card at his/her local One-Stop Career Center to receive enhanced intensive services including up to six months of follow-up. The enhanced in-person services available for Gold Card holders at local One-Stop Career Centers may include:
- Job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing;
- Development of an Individual Development Plan (IDP);
- Career guidance through group or individual counseling that helps veterans in making training and career decisions;
- Provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information that inform educational, training, and occupational decisions;
- Referral to job banks, job portals, and job openings;
- Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors;
- Referral to training by WIA-funded or third party service providers; and
- Monthly follow-up by an assigned case manager for up to six months.
Eligible veterans can print a Gold Card here.
Additional veteran employment boards/resources:
Civilian Credentialing Assistance
A product for Army and Navy Service members, Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) defines civilian credentials which best map to their Military Occupational Specialties, ratings, jobs, designators, and collateral duties/assignments. It outlines the path, work, training and experience required to achieve them. COOL also provides "how to" instructions for pursuing credentials, links to credentialing organizations, and cross-references to programs that may help Service members pay for credentialing fees.
Local Veteran Employment in the News
APS plans to recruit, hire vets. Arizona Public Service Co. is among five utilities that announced the Troops to Energy Jobs program Monday to recruit, train and employ military veterans.
by Ryan Randazzo - Jul. 11, 2011 06:51 PM
The Arizona Republic
DoD to Employers: Hire Spouses or Go Away. The Pentagon launched a program on June 29 that provides incentives for top-tier companies to add servicemember spouses to their payrolls.
JPMorgan Chase Announces 10 Initial Corporate Partners for its "100,000 Jobs Mission" Chase commits to hiring 100,000 military and veterans over the next 10 years.
Is Your Company Interested In Hiring Veterans?
The Arizona Department of Veterans' Services and the Arizona Coalition for Military Families are working together to locate employers who are interested in recruiting veterans. We can assist your recruting through the Military/Veteran Employment Resource Center.
Please contact Steven Weintraub at (602) 234-8420 or via email at email@example.com for more information.
Is your company interested in recruiting Veterans and returning Service Members? Register with the Vet/Mil Employment Portal through the Arizona Coalition for Military Families and have access to search resumes and the specific skill sets you're looking for.
Contact your Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER) or the State Veterans Employment Manager to register your company and post your position(s).
US Army Warrior Transition Command - Employer Resources
When service members become wounded, ill, or injured, they often face a change in their career trajectory. While approximately 50% return to their military careers, many separate from service and begin a new career in the civilian workforce. These Veterans are well-trained, highly-skilled professionals who can strengthen any organization, increasing diversity and the bottom line. There is no standard definition of a “wounded warrior”—today’s military personnel experience a wide range of injuries, from amputations and burns to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What is most important is that these injuries do not prevent them from contributing to society, but often make them more resilient, determined, and ready to serve.
America's Heroes at Work is a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) project that addresses the employment challenges of returning Service Members and Veterans, especially those living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
VOW to Hire Heroes Act Tax Credit Information
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to private-sector businesses and certain non-profit organizations for hiring certain individuals, including veterans, who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. The WOTC program enables the targeted employees to gradually move from economic dependency into self-sufficiency as they earn a steady income, while participating employers are able to reduce their federal income tax liability. Click here to find out more information from the VA for employers, and click here to find out more information about the tax credit from the IRS.
Top 10 Reasons to Hire Veterans
- Accelerated learning curve. Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real-world situations. This background can enhance your organization's productivity.
- Leadership. The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation, and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.
- Teamwork. Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one's colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes relate to each other and an overarching objective.
- Diversity and inclusion in action. Veterans have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion, and economic status as well as mental, physical, and attitudinal capabilities. They have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals.
- Efficient performance under pressure. Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.
- Respect for procedures. Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates' actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.
- Technology and globalization. Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.
- Integrity. Veterans know what it means to do "an honest day's work." Prospective employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness.
- Conscious of health and safety standards. Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property, and materials.
- Triumph over adversity. In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina, and flexibility. They may have overcome personal disabilities through strength and determination.
Arizona Department of Veterans' Services
Veteran Employment Resource Center
3839 N. 3rd St, Suite 209
Phoenix, AZ 85012