U.S. Department of Labor Veterans' Employment & Training Service
American Job Centers (AJCs)
The Department of Labor (DOL) sponsors American Job Centers (AJCs), located in 2,500 locations throughout the United States, with at least one AJC in every state. Formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers, AJCs provide training, employment services, and job search assistance to job seekers and to employers. The services offered by these centers vary, but include benefits that all employers may access and receive free of charge. Many AJCs have specialized local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) who work solely with veteran populations and can provide veteran applicant referrals. Find your local AJC/Career One-Stop Center at www.servicelocator.org/onestopcenters.asp
Local Veterans' Employment Representatives: Local Veterans' Employment Representatives conduct outreach to employers and engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for veterans, encourage the hiring of disabled veterans, and generally assist veterans to gain and retain employment. LVERs conduct seminars for employers and job search workshops for veterans who are seeking employment, and facilitate priority of service regarding employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans by staff within the employment service delivery system.
Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program Specialists: Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled veterans and other eligible veterans, with maximum emphasis directed toward serving those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless veterans and veterans with other barriers to employment.
CareerOneStop “Business Center”
The CareerOneStop Business Center, located at www.careeronestop.org/businesscenter/index.aspx is an electronic tool available on DOL’s CareerOneStop web site. The tool is designed to give businesses access to the resources they need to recruit, train, and retain a skilled workforce - from hiring and interviewing skills, to tips on where and how to recruit qualified candidates, to locating American Job Centers. Some key features of the Business Center include:
• Easy-to-download reports about employment projections and concentrations, wages, and unemployment rates for specific areas
• Access to local training and educational institutions
• Listings of top industries by employment - by state, metro area, and county
• A tool for finding military occupations related to specific civilian occupations
• Certifications for a particular position
• Assistance with writing job descriptions
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Employment Workshop
TAP was established to help meet the needs of separating service members during their period of transition into civilian life, by offering job-search assistance and related services. TAP helps service members and their spouses to make the initial transition from military service to the civilian workplace with less difficulty and less overall cost to the government. TAP includes a comprehensive three-day DOL Employment Workshop given at military installations nationwide. Professionally-trained workshop facilitators present information associated with job searches, career decision-making, current occupational and labor market conditions, resume preparation, and interviewing techniques. Information on the DOL TAP Employment Workshop including the participant manual can be accessed at: www.dol.gov/vets/programs/tap or at: http://go.usa.gov/kb5J.
Additional Helpful Links for Employers and Veterans
• Employers can post online jobs (if applicable) at no-cost with the National Labor Exchange (NLX) at: www.us.jobs
• Employers can post currently offline jobs to the NLX at no-cost through your state job bank at: www.careeronestop.org/JobSearch/COS_jobsites.aspx
• Americas’ Heroes at Work includes a step-by-step toolkit for employers interested in developing or enhancing their veterans hiring initiative. www.americasheroesatwork.gov/forEmployers/HiringToolkit
• The Veterans “Employment Center” has tools and resources for employers and veterans to connect: www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/employers which helps service members and veterans with their transition to civilian employment
• In My Next Move for Veterans, veterans can enter their prior military experience and link to information they need to explore information on civilian careers and related training.www.mynextmove.org/vets/
• The Veterans Re-Employment Portal is designed to assist veterans with employment, training, career planning, and financial issues after military service. http://maps.servicelocator.org/military/onestopsearch.aspx
For additional information, you may contact the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) at (202) 693-2700(202) 693-2700, or visit: http://www.doleta.gov/
You may also contact the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) at (202) 693-4700(202) 693-4700, or visit: http://www.dol.gov/vets/