Welcome and thank you for your service. You have turned a page to close off one chapter in your life opening a new chapter and a new mission.

You may be facing lots of changes and specific challenges as you transition from your military service to the civilian world. The job market is constantly changing. Perhaps the job you left to join the military no longer exists or perhaps this will be your first experience searching for a non-military job.

We are committed to help you.

Getting Started

As you work to put your military skills and expertise to work in the civilian world, here are some resources to help assess your potential and assist you in setting career goals and creating action plans.

Military-to-Civilian Skills Translators - Use the translator tools below to convert your MOS code to a civilian occupation. Review a list of civilian occupation titles that match your military skill set to identify potential career options.

CareerOneStop Military to Civilian Occupation Translator - The Military to Civilian Occupation Translator helps service members match military skills and experience to civilian occupations.

O*Net Online Crosswalk Search - Just enter your DOT or MOC code and you will receive equivalent job titles and descriptions that will fit with the skills of your military position. Military Skills Translator - Translate your military skills, experience and training to find career opportunities that best align with your capabilities.

Self-Assessment - The first step in deciding on a career or job is to think about who you are and attempt to objectively identify your values, personality, interests, and abilities.

Plan Your Career - Create a career action plan to help you achieve job satisfaction and career success.

Covering the Essentials

With career goals in mind, you are ready to implement a targeted job search approach. Develop strong marketing materials, leverage your network, and ace your interview to secure the job you want.


Sample Resume with Military Experience - Visit the resume library for inspiration on what a professional resume with military experience looks like.

Federal Resume - The Federal Government has a long and outstanding record of employing veterans. Veterans have technical skills in areas of critical importance, and many also already have security clearances required for some Federal positions. Federal service provides a means for veterans to continue their noble service to this country.

Additional Resume Resources - Visit the WGU Career & Professional Development Resumes webpage.

Cover Letters

Sample Cover Letter with Military Experience - Visit the cover letter library for example cover letters, including a sample that highlights military experience and accomplishments.

Additional Cover Letter Resources - Visit the WGU Career & Professional Development Cover Letters webpage. 

LinkedIn for Veterans

LinkedIn is honored to help service members and veterans take the next step in their careers. LinkedIn provides free 1-year Premium Job Seeker & subscriptions to eligible military and veteran members.

Interview Preparation

Performance Based Interviewing - The US Department of Veteran Affairs provides information on Performance Based Interviewing for veterans preparing for interviews.

4 Interview Tips for Veterans - Military veterans can improve their chances of getting hired with these strategies.

Additional Interview Preparation Resources - Visit the WGU Career & Professional Development Interview Preparation webpage.

Putting It All Together

With a clear career goal and a job search strategy in place, review the job boards and career resources specifically for Military and Veterans to find open positions and employers who value your exceptional qualifications!

Military & Veteran Job Boards - A comprehensive list of job boards and career resources specifically for active military, veterans, and families.

WGU Students & Graduates Job Board and Job Boards by College

Personalized One-on-one Assistance - Contact your career specialist today! Whether you have a quick question or would like reoccurring guidance putting a strategic plan into place, we are here to help.

Additional Military & Veteran Assistance Resources

The Caregivers Support Program - A resource for veterans and their families who provide care for injured Veterans and Service members.                                

The National Military Family Association - Offers support and programs for Military and Veteran family members. The NMFA is a respected voice on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and Veterans Administration, to look out for the families who stand behind the uniform and for those who serve.

The Wounded Warrior Project - Strives to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded services members in our nation's history.

US Department of Veteran’s Affairs - Mission is to fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans.

WGU GI Bill Benefits - Western Governors University offers online degree programs approved for Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill.

Well Connect - WGU’s WellConnect program offers FREE services that are designed to help students work through a variety of issues as they arise. These include financial, legal, emotional, and personal in addition to offering local community support.