Career Resources for Student Veterans & Service Members
Connect With Your Career Resources
The strategies for finding job openings are very similar for all students, so be sure to check our job and internship resources for a comprehensive search. In addition to receiving service from Career & Internship Services, you may find the below resources helpful as you begin your job search:
Find Other Student Veterans and Service Members
Student veterans and service members often find it very helpful to connect with peers on-campus. The University of Minnesota's Student Veterans Association (SVA) has regular professional development and social events, and is open to student veterans and the friends, family, and supporters of student veterans.
Develop a "Civilian Friendly" Resume
To compete for jobs and internships outside of the military, you will need to adapt your resume language to civilian terms. For help in doing so, visit O*NET and click on "Crosswalk Search" to enter your military job code. This tool will translate your military assignment into a civilian occupation with key words to help you write effective bullet statements. Visit Career & Internship Services for help with this process and check out Resume Writing for Veterans (PDF).
Know Your Rights
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) is a broad law with implications for returning veterans, including protection from job discrimination. Find more information visit U.S. Department of Labor USERRA.
Hiring Preferences for Veterans
Many organizations want to hire veterans and in some cases give preference to veteran applicants: