New online job-searching tool helps veterans connect with employers

The Obama administration launched a new online tool this week to connect military veterans and their spouses with employers in an effort to expand job resources for those who served in the armed forces.

The online resource, known as the Veterans Employment Center, allows users to create and upload résumés and find job openings. It also features a “military skills translator” to match military training with civilian occupations.


(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced the site’s launch during a veterans job summit at Fort Campbell, Ky., on Wednesday. Obama told troops that the Web portal would “revolutionize how you find jobs in both the public and private sectors.”

Five federal agencies worked together to create the resource: the Veterans Affairs Department, the Defense Department, the Labor Department, the Office of Personnel Management and the Small Business Administration.

“Veterans deserve an authoritative source for connecting with employers,” VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said in a statement.

The launch of the Veterans Employment Center marks the latest in a series of efforts Obama and Biden have spearheaded to help former service members and their families.

Wednesday’s announcement came three years to the month after Obama and Biden launched Joining Forces, an initiative that highlights the needs of veterans and encourages all sectors of society to help address them.

Companies participating in the program have hired more than half a million veterans and military spouses, according to the White House. Additionally, more than 100 construction companies in February pledged to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years as part of the effort.

Biden also created the Military Spouse Employment Partnership in June 2011, with about 60 businesses participating in the program at the time. Today, nearly 230 employers have posted more than 1.8 million job opportunities on the partnership’s online career portal, and more than 60,000 military spouses have been hired through the initiative, the White House said.

Obama and Biden also joined recently with former senator Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.), the wife of wounded World War II veteran and former senator Bob Dole (R-Kan.), in a push to expand federal benefits for the millions of caregivers who assist injured and disabled veterans and current service members.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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