Veterans Resources

Local governments play a key role in ensuring the success of reintegrating today's veterans and caring for their families.

Veterans Employment

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 September 2018, the unemployment rate was 3.4% 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 easier:  Skills Translator and Resume Examples Military Skills Translator CareerOneStop provides a free resume writing guide Colin Baenziger & Associates recruits for Local Government and provided these resume examples  Northrop Grumman provides tips for veterans transitioning  to civilian careers Advice on formatting a local government resume from a veteran and city manager Downloadable and changeable Cover Letter and Resume example Local Government Job Boards ICMA posts local government jobs on the ICMA Job Board 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 Distric Asscociations 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. Interview Information 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  The White House has launched a new Veterans Employment Center, designed to help veterans, active duty members, and spouses create resumes and connect with outside employers and training resources.  The National Restaurant Association supports servicemen and women, veterans, and their spouses through the National Restaurant Association Military Foundation. The foundation provides career training and counseling, supports military hospitality programs, and encourages small-business ownership opportunities for military personnel. offers links to careers in private security services. Learn How to Become has published more resources in their Veterans' Guide to Getting Hired. Job Post Keyword Visualizer assists in finding the keywords used by some organizations to filter resumes.   

Veterans Local Government Management Fellowship

16 to 20-week Department of Defense Military Installation approved Career Skills (SkillBridge) Program

Help for Military Veterans Seeking Jobs in Local Government

New Veterans Guide provides tips and tactics to help veterans get the job they want in the local government profession.

Veterans Articles, Blog Posts & more

An ICMA topic area providing content for and about the role veterans play in local government.

Military Veterans Group

A group for military veterans in the local government management profession, and those seeking to enter the profession.

Job Center

Your one-stop shop for job searching and recruiting in professional local government.

ICMA Code of Ethics

The principles outlined in the ICMA Code of Ethics and enforced by the Rules of Procedure govern the conduct of every member of ICMA.

Professional Development Opportunities

Local Government 101 Online Certificate Program

Give your resume a boost with an ICMA professional certificate in local government management.

Mid-Career Managers Institute

A focused leadership development institute for those who identify themselves as mid-career professionals.

ICMA Regional Conferences

ICMA Regional Conferences are a two-day learning experience with career-building, mentoring, and leading ideas to help local government professionals and their communities thrive.

ICMA Coaching Program: Thrive in Local Government

Coaching helps everyone benefit from sharing best practices and gaining perspectives from others with a fresh perspective.