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When looking for a career either during or at the end of your military service, you may need assistance with where to start. This often relies on the use of “transferable skills,” free education through the G.I. bill, or a combination of both. This guide will focus on those with current or prior military service and how being in this affinity group impacts the job search and what to consider in future employment. 

Throughout pursuing higher education and preparing for internships or a career, you may consider the following:

  • How will my skills translate to a career?
  • What will culture in the workplace be like, and how do I adjust from military culture?
  • How do I explain my experience in the military to employers in a way that advances my career goals?

A further consideration for this affinity group is self-employment. Many people have taken this route of using the small business resources available to them in combination with their personal and professional skills. Creating a work environment that aligns with your own transferable skills you have gained in your time of service provides a unique opportunity for you to thrive in an original way. Among the resources listed below, you will find many that assist you in the pursuit of small business ownership. 

Additionally, be sure to check out our resources for Disability and Nontraditional Students should you feel these are applicable to your personal identity.


DODSkillsbridge - DODSkillsbridge works to fill the gap between fulfillment of service in the US Military and career skills by ensuring veterans have "transferable skills". These skills are concepts, ideas, and tools that veterans may have used or encountered while serving that can be used in careers. During the service-to-civilian transition, service members can be granted up to 180 days of permissive duty to focus on building this training with approved partners to ensure a fluid transition to civilian life.

Feds Hire Vets - Feds Hire Vets is a program through the United States Office of Personnel Management. This program highlights the skills of veterans to provide employment opportunities within the federal government.  

Hire Heroes USA - Employment assistance is the #1 requested service from transitioning military members and Hire Heroes USA provides that service to thousands each year. Through personalized service and support, Hire Heroes USA helps veterans and military spouses get hired, and helps companies hire and retain them. 

Hire Veterans – Job board focused on hiring veterans. 

INVets - INvets is a nonprofit organization founded by veterans that helps former service members transition to civilian life by connecting them with Indiana employers and providing career-building resources. 

Purdue Veterans Success Center - The Veterans Success Center assists Purdue students that are active military, veterans, or family of military. 

RecruitMilitary - RecruitMilitary connects employers to military job seekers via services that include contingency recruiting, career fairs, a job board, employer branding, and a military-centric publication, Search & Employ magazine. 

Veteran Affairs Job Resources - Variety of veteran employment resources provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs. This provides additional resources that are not listed on this page. 

Veterans, USDOL – US Department of Labor’s resources page for Veterans. Additional resources, some of which are not listed here, are available for viewing. Notably, there is a section of resources dedicated by desired industry. 

Veteran's Employment Toolkit - The Veteran Affairs (VA) employment toolkit provides a wide variety of resources for veterans that are preparing to begin the job hunt or improve their applications. This comes in a variety of forms, such as resume tools, phrasing military experience and relating to the workforce, finding job fairs, and more. 


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