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Returning to Work for Service Members and Veterans

Getting Started

It can seem daunting to take those first steps toward securing a civilian job after years of being a part of the military community. How do you capture your military experience on a resume? What kinds of jobs do you qualify for? What steps can you take to increase your chances of successfully landing the job you want? Once you’ve identified job openings that look like they might be a good match for you, it’s important to stay focused, organized, and positive throughout the application process.

The resources in this section can help you navigate your path into the civilian workforce.

Top Stories

Cool It on the Acronyms! Making Your Military Skills Understandable on a Civilian Resume

Cool It on the Acronyms! Making Your Military Skills Understandable on a Civilian Resume

Adam talks to Army veteran William Marquez, Virginia Employment Commission, about the resources available for veterans to help them find equivalent civilian jobs for what they did on active duty.

Employee Rights in the Workplace

Employee Rights in the Workplace

Sometimes simple changes at work can make all the difference.

Workplace Mentoring

Workplace Mentoring

When it comes to employment, promising practices exist to help transitioning service members with TBI and PTSD. One such practice is mentoring.

What Interventions Can Help Service Members with TBI and /or PTSD Return to School or Work?

What Interventions Can Help Service Members with TBI and /or PTSD Return to School or Work?

Lt. Col. Philip Holcombe, PhD explains how the use of imaginal or behavioral rehearsals helps service members and veterans find strategies to overcome their obstacles.

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How Can You Help People with TBI Return to Their Jobs?

How Can You Help People with TBI Return to Their Jobs?

Dr. Heechin Chae talks about the best strategies for people with brain injury to return to their jobs, the most important and often difficult one being to return slowly and carefully.

Finding a Balance: College, Work, Family ... and Issues from TBI

Finding a Balance: College, Work, Family ... and Issues from TBI

Returning to school as a veteran — especially with a brain injury — can be difficult. Adam suggests strategies like starting slowly or taking a smaller course load that balances better with work and life.

Next Steps for Veterans with Brain Injury

Next Steps for Veterans with Brain Injury

Adam knows that the expression, "the world is your oyster" can sound exciting or scary, especially for veterans with TBI figuring out what to do after being in the military.

Helping National Guard and Reserve Reenter the Workplace

Helping National Guard and Reserve Reenter the Workplace

For reservists, transitioning from active duty into their former job or workplace can come with significant challenges.

Rethinking Your Career Path After a Brain Injury

Rethinking Your Career Path After a Brain Injury

For many veterans, a brain injury may change the trajectory of your career path. Adam talks about how and where to seek help when exploring ideas for a new career.

For Adolescents with TBI, Getting Help with Plan B

For Adolescents with TBI, Getting Help with Plan B

If a student with TBI fails in college, go back to your family and circle of support to see what went wrong and what you can do differently to succeed in college or work.

Programs in High Schools Can Help Teens with TBI Set New or Different Goals

Programs in High Schools Can Help Teens with TBI Set New or Different Goals

Many high schools offer programs in technology or culinary arts, for example, that are one way for teens with TBI to learn some skills as jumping off places for future career opportunities.

Job Searching Tips for the Veteran with PTSD or TBI

Job Searching Tips for the Veteran with PTSD or TBI

Finding a job is never easy, but here are five suggestions to help you improve your odds and transition into a civilian job.

Focus — and Rest — Are Crucial for a Successful Job Search

Focus — and Rest — Are Crucial for a Successful Job Search

Searching for a job can be frustrating — and exhausting, especially for veterans with TBI. Adam gets some good ideas from Army veteran William Marquez, Virginia Employment Commission.

Vocational Issues Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Part II

Vocational Issues Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Part II

Although some of the challenges related to returning to work can be hard to change, many people can successfully return to work after a brain injury.

Get Away from the “Go It Alone” Mentality

Get Away from the “Go It Alone” Mentality

When searching for a civilian job, veterans should consider finding a friend or buddy in a similar situation with whom to share ideas and strategies. Adam talks with Army veteran William Marquez, Virginia Employment Commission, about this topic.

How to Enter the Civilian Workforce After Being in the Military

How to Enter the Civilian Workforce After Being in the Military

Adam talks with Army veteran William Marquez, Viriginia Employment Commission, about how to help veterans get the necessary licenses, certifications, and training they need to enter the civilian workforce.

How to Transfer Job Skills and Specializations from the Military to the Civilian World

How to Transfer Job Skills and Specializations from the Military to the Civilian World

Adam talks with Army veteran William Marquez, Viriginia Employment Commission, about how to get the job qualifications needed to transfer from a military to a civilian career.

Vocational Issues Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Part I

Vocational Issues Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Part I

The cognitive, communication, behavioral, sensory, physical, psycho-emotional, and social changes commonly experienced following TBI can affect a person's ability to return to work.

Helping Marines Get Unstuck

Helping Marines Get Unstuck

Using a common sense approach, Major Charles Hall helps injured Marines find their way forward.

Easing Back into the Work Force After a Brain Injury

Easing Back into the Work Force After a Brain Injury

Starting with an internship and assessing your skills and abilities post-TBI are two strategies to help you successfully return to the work force. Adam shares his experience.

Customized Employment

Customized Employment

Customized employment is one promising practice to help transitioning service members with combat-related TBI and PTSD succeed in the workplace.

Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the Workplace

Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the Workplace

A diverse workforce means different and unique needs among employees. Learn how employees can meet these various needs.

Job Coaching

Job Coaching

Learn how a job coach can help transitioning service members with TBI, PTSD, and other combat-related injuries succeed in the workplace.

Anyone Can Work, Really

Anyone Can Work, Really

Learn how to find and keep a job.

 


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