Online Tool Aims to Ease Vets' Job Search

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an online service to help veterans show their military training and experience to potential employers.


Through the MyHealtheVet online portal, they can download official information about their service, including deployment data, in-uniform experience and Military Occupational Specialty codes. They also will be able to upload this information to social-networking and job sites. The portal previously allowed vets to download their personal health records. This new information, as well as the health records, will be available in the Blue Button format, technology designed to make it easy to share information (though that technology has its critics).


According to the press release:


  • All veterans discharged after 1980 will see military specialty or classification codes.
  • Some veterans discharged between 1975-1980 will see military specialty or classification codes.
  • Some Gulf War veterans may see combat pay and deployment periods.
  • All Post-9/11 veterans will see combat pay and deployment periods.


I'm not sure how valuable some of this information would be in the job hunt. Alesia Benedict, president and CEO of, told me earlier this year about ex-military resumes:

The problem is not in the experience itself, but in documenting it on the resume so that the reader clearly understands what the person did while in the military, and also how that experience will benefit the new corporation/company.
One of the problems we often see with former military resumes is that they are written in "military-speak" meaning terms and buzzwords not applicable to civilian positions. Unless the reader can understand the experience gained while the job seeker was serving in the military, it won't be seen as valuable to many hiring managers. It's not a matter of the experience itself not being valuable; the problem lies in the job seeker not "building a bridge" from the experience gained while in the Armed "Forces to how a company will profit from that experience.

According to the VA press release, several industry partners have created - or are in the process of creating - third-party applications that can translate these military specialties or classification codes into civilian descriptions, and identify openings and other resources for veterans. The big question will be how well these apps work.

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