Leaving the military can be difficult at first—the loss of a steady paycheck, the newly found freedom in your schedule, and other changes might be a bit overwhelming. So if you’ve recently separated from military service, the below resources might be able to help make your transition a bit easier.

Transition Assistance

  • Transition Assistance Online—This site was founded by former military personnel and features a fairly robust job search feature. It also helps to pair up those who have served with military friendly companies and organizations.
  • Transition Center—This part of the website provides information and even action plans on how to best go from the military to civilian life. 
  • Military One Source—A trusted source of information, Military One Source has numerous links and resources that could make your transition go smoother.

Employment Resources

  • Unemployment insurance—Handled on a state-by-state basis. The Department of Labor provides links to every state’s agency or organization.
  • Veteran’s Administration—This should be your first place to go. Their website is full of resources and has a job search feature.
  • Department of Labor—The DoL has specific programs to assist military veterans, including its Transition Assistance Program (TAP). A study showed that those who utilized TAP found a job three weeks sooner than those who did not. You can even contact the department directly. It also runs the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, which is specially designed to help veterans find meaningful work.
  • National Career Development Association—This website provides a large number of links to numerous job assistance resources, both government and private.
  • Resume building—Getting noticed is important, and your resume is how that is done. Hire Heroes USA has both a Power Point and full packet that can help, and the VA also provides a PDF guide.
  • Networking—Often it’s not what you know but who you know. Utilize friends, family and those you used to serve with to help get your foot in the door. Being on LinkedIn is another key, as it can keep you in contact (and top of mind) with key people. And there are groups you can join, such as the “Veteran Mentor Network” and many others. Attending job and career fairs is another great way to meet key influencers. ( offers several tips about what to do at those job expos in order to stand out from the crowd.)
  • G.I. JOBSThis publication provides a wealth of resources for former military members looking for employment, including advice and job listings.

Financial Tips

General advice

  • Stress relievers—Being short on money can be overwhelming; being unemployed on top of it is even worse. We have a blog that provides suggestions on how to learn positive ways to reduce your stress. While focused on active duty personnel, these tips are just as helpful for when you join the civilian world.
  • Staying positive—It can be hard to stay positive when your resume is ignored or application for a job rejected. Both US News and Forbes offer solid advice on how to handle the downers of a job search.
  • Mental health resources—If you feel as though it’s just too much to handle, you should contact the VA or your doctor as soon as possible. There is no shame at all in asking for help, and the longer you wait, the more difficult it could be to do so.
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