Wednesday, September 08, 2021 Gerald Moore/Workforce Development Team

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Military Veterans may face a challenging period of unemployment after leaving the armed forces. Our Workforce Development Team/Taskforce has collected and compiled some websites and online resources for those who have served and their families. These resources are available to aid veterans and military families in obtaining training, finding a job, and making a smooth transition into civilian life.

 

Websites

CAREER ONE STOP – Veteran & Military Transition Center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.  This one-stop website offers access to employment opportunities, training, and financial help after military service.

MILITARY-TRANSITION.ORG – Site contains a comprehensive collection of resources for military personnel seeking to transition into civilian life and workplaces.  Of the vast resources available, the content is divided into the areas of mentorship, organizations, tools, training, advice, employers, recruiters, research, news, job boards, and a link to the Transition Assistance Program (TAP).  On this site, veterans can also access infographics, book lists, podcasts, magazines, veteran entrepreneurs, self-help and support programs for military personnel and their families.

MILITARY ONE SOURCE – Vets can explore career paths by finding a career that matches their skills and interests, access career assessment tools to help with goal setting and job search planning.  This website provides access to the “Credentialing Opportunities On-Line” or COOL program, which helps veterans translate their training into civilian credentials.  Links to job fairs and other employment benefits and assistance programs can also be found at this site.

 

CCPL Databases/Online Courses

With your Charleston County Public Library Card, you have free access to a wealth of resources for veterans.   LinkedIn for Learning (formerly called Lynda.com) offers a suite of courses specifically for veterans who wish to transition to the civilian workforce. Additionally, our databases have resources for employers seeking to specifically hire veterans as well.   To access this and other databases, simply type in your CCPL library card and PIN number. Click on Research. You will be taken to a page listing all CCPL databases on the library’s website. 

  • On this page, you can either click on the ‘Careers & Education’ tab from the list of subject listings
  • Or you can just access LinkedIn for Learning on the left side of the page under the ‘Featured Databases’ lineup.
  • Once you have accessed the database, try a simple subject search using the word “veterans”.

Using this search term in LinkedIn for Learning will connect you with the courses, Transition from Military to Civilian Employment and Recruiting Veterans.  Transition from Military to Civilian Employment offers 17+ hours of content and features the following courses:

  1. LinkedIn for Veterans, 
  2. Florent Groberg on Finding Your Purpose after Active Duty
  3. Translating Your Military Skills to the Civilian Workplace

The Recruiting Veterans series includes informative videos for perspective employers of military personnel like:

  1. Understanding Veterans in the Workplace
  2. Recruiting Veteran Employees
  3. Onboarding & Retaining Veteran Employees

Try logging into one of our newest databases, Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center (see blog post Spotlight on New Jobseeker Resource: Ferguson's Career Guidance Center from August 17, 2021), to access pertinent, informative articles like these listed below:

“Apprenticeship Programs for Transitioning Military and Veterans.” Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Facts On File, fcg.infobase.com/recordurl/1303431?aid=101366.

Careers, Vault. “Job Search Tips for Veterans.” Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Facts On File, 11 Nov. 2011, fcg.infobase.com/recordurl/1303766?aid=101366. Accessed 24 Aug. 2021.

Careers, Vault. “5 Job Search Tips for Veterans.” Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Facts On File, 10 Nov. 2010, fcg.infobase.com/recordurl/1306583?aid=101366. Accessed 24 Aug. 2021.

Stott, Phil. “Veteran Careers: Positive Traits Veterans Should Stress in Interviews.” Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Facts On File, 13 Nov. 2017, fcg.infobase.com/recordurl/1306585?aid=101366. Accessed 24 Aug. 2021.

Stott, Phil. “Veteran Careers: Overcoming Cultural Barriers in the Civilian World.” Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Facts On File, 8 Nov. 2017, fcg.infobase.com/recordurl/1306586?aid=101366. Accessed 24 Aug. 2021.

With a little bit of practice and self-patience, you will be ready to take on the next steps in your future career.  If you would like more information about how to apply for jobs online, assistance in finding resources, tips on how to get the job-hunting process started or more, please reach out to us at CCPL by email, chat, or text. Remember, you are not alone.