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Job Boards

To save time searching through individual job boards, you can use CareerOneStop to view postings from three major job boards: NLx, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter. This DOL-sponsored site uses two criteria–a keyword and a location— and then performs a search on these three major job boards for you.

Targeted Job Boards

There are job boards that target specific occupations or groups. For example:

Federal Hiring

Working for the federal government is a trendy career path. You can visit www.usajobs.gov to view job opportunities and get more information on federal employment.

Additional options can be found on the following websites:

Networking & Jobs Fairs

It is important to remember that networking is a mutually beneficial process. You never know when your skills and resources can prove to be helpful to others in your network.

When in networking mode, we tend to think about the future and forget about those who helped us get where we are now. Reconnecting with old coworkers, bosses, mentors, and former coaches is critical.

Let your network know you are transitioning from active duty and looking for a job, especially those individuals who’ve been in your shoes and have searched for a job.

In any job search or networking situation, being yourself—the real you—should be your goal. Be mindful and respect other people’s time.

Is it a reference? An insider’s take on the industry? A referral? An introduction to someone in the field? Also, be sure to provide an update on your qualifications and recent professional experience.

Keeping your job network is just as important as building it. Start reaching out to your network way before you transition. This will give you time to nurture the relationship before you ask for help.

Networking is about cultivating a mutually beneficial relationship That means giving and receiving. Find ways to help your network and check in periodically to see how they are doing.


LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional online network and is an effective way to reach people both inside and outside your existing networking circles, background, and industry. According to LinkedIn data in 2018, 70% of job seekers were hired at a company where they had a connection, You are four times more likely to get hired at a company where you know someone. A basic LinkedIn account is free. The Premium Career subscription includes one year of access to LinkedIn Learning. This online educational platform helps you discover and develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through more than 5,000 expert-led courses. Once you complete these courses and related skills, you can add them to your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn also offers a one-year complimentary Premium Career subscription for veterans and Service members. Use this free-of-charge offer wisely. Consider signing up for LinkedIn. The premium between six months to one year from separation is to build your network and make civilian employment connections. Military spouses receive the same offer with every move.