ODEP works with and supports a number of Department of Labor initiatives that provide training and employment services to veterans and returning service members with disabilities.
DOL's Gold Card initiative provides post-9/11 era veterans who are unemployed with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market. Eligible veterans can present their Gold Cards at their local American Job Center to receive enhanced intensive services including up to six months of follow-up, including:
- Job readiness assessments, including interviews and testing;
- Career counseling;
- Referrals to job banks and job openings;
- Referrals to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors;
- Monthly follow-up for up to six months.
For more information, go to http://www.dol.gov/vets/goldcard.html.
My Next Move
My Next Move at www.MyNextMove.org/vets is a DOL resource where veterans can use a simple and quick search engine to enter their prior military experience (branch of service and military occupation code or title) and link to the information they need to explore information on civilian careers and related training, including information they can use to write resumes that highlight related civilian skills.
Veterans.gov is a one-stop employment services website from DOL’s Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS). The site brings together job banks, state employment offices, American Job Centers, self-employment information, tools for employers, and more.
Feds Hire Vets
FedsHireVets.gov is a web portal sponsored by U.S. Office of Personnel Management in partnership with the Departments of Labor, Defense, Veterans Affairs, and other Federal agencies, providing Federal employment information for veterans, transitioning service members, their families, and Federal hiring officials. The site has a wealth of information on opportunities and special hiring authorities, practical tips on things like building an effective resume, and success stories.
DOL's eLAWS "advisors" help employees and employers learn their rights and responsibilities under Federal employment laws, and there are three specifically relevant to veterans:
- The e-VETS Resource Advisor assists veterans, service members, and all those who support them to quickly and easily navigate information on a range of topics, including benefits and compensation; education and training; employment; and thousands of other services and resources: http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/vets/evets/menu.htm.
- Reemployment Rights DOL's Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Advisor helps employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities under USERRA.
- Veteranís Preference The Veterans' Preference Advisor explains preferences veterans may be entitled to in Federal employment opportunities.
- Veterans' Employment and Career Transition Advisor Select your state to find information for transitioning service members or veterans looking to successfully transition to a rewarding career.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Veterans and Service Members Webpage Includes information on accommodations in the workplace that may be helpful to veterans.
State Veterans Affairs Offices Contact your state's Department of Veterans Affairs to connect with benefits and services for veterans and their families.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE) Program offers resume assistance, interview preparation, career counseling, and employer networking to veterans and their dependents.