Unemployment has an exponential impact on veterans' health, housing, education, family well-being, and the transition to civilian life. Unemployment is the greatest challenge facing post-9/11 veterans. In February 2019, the unemployment rate was 2.7% for veterans.
Translating military occupations into civilian language is one of the biggest hurdles for employment among veterans. These resources were developed to make that process more manageable:
Skills Translator and Resume Examples
Mynextmove.org Military Skills Translator
CareerOneStop provides a free resume writing guide
Colin Baenziger & Associates recruits for Local Government and provided these resume examples
Advice on formatting a local government resume from a veteran and city manager
Downloadable and changeable Cover Letter and Resume example
Job Post Keyword Visualizer assists in finding the keywords used by some organizations to filter resumes.
Local Government Job Boards
ICMA posts local government jobs on the ICMA Job Board
GovernmentJobs.com posts local government jobs nationwide
Strategic Government Resources post jobs for local governments
Many local government positions are located on state and municipalities websites
The National League of Cities job board
National Association of Counties job board
Special District Associations in California, Colorado and Oregon
American Public Works Association job board
Recruitment firms such as Springstead-Waters, The Mercer Group, GovHR USA, Colin Baenziger & Associates and CPS HR Consulting are helpful places to look for jobs as well.
Read the ICMA publication; Preparing for an interview
Read the Blog Post How to prepare for a local government job interview
Interview Matrix to prepare for a local government job interview
Here are five rules for negotiating your salary
Networking and Coaching
LinkedIn free one year premium subscription
Creating and improving your LinkedIn Account
The ICMA Coaching Program hosts a one-to-one coaching resource called CoachConnect where you can search for a free career coach.
Other Employment Resources
Veterans Affairs Veterans Employment Center, designed to help veterans, active duty members, and spouses create resumes and connect with outside employers and training resources.
Learn How to Become has published more resources in their Veterans' Guide to Getting Hired.