New York City Department of Veterans’ Services offers various resources to veterans looking for employment. These resources aid in the recruitment and preparation of a veteran for a potential position while also offering additional benefits to help veteran’s transition from life in the military to everyday life outside of it. Everyday there are businesses looking to hire veterans for specific job opportunities and the Department of Veterans’ Services in conjunction with Workforce 1 are working together in order to make those opportunities more visible and available to potential veteran candidates.
Workforce 1 provides a veteran’s resource guide with lots of information for veterans looking for work. It outlines various important documents a veteran should make sure they have when applying for a job, as well as education and training opportunities, career exploration and job searching, benefits, and other supportive services.*
The New York City Department of Veterans Services also has numerous recruitment events available to veterans. These events can be searched for according to type of Job, Location, and Date. It is recommended that you register and become a member of Workforce 1 if you plan to attend these recruitment events.**
The New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs is also a great resource for veterans looking for jobs. Their website https://veterans.ny.gov provides information in reference to Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Programs for veterans’ that may have service-connected disabilities and are looking for work. The program is designed to not only help veterans’ find work, but to offer services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible should their disability be severe enough to not allow them to immediately consider employment.
Some of the program services include:***
- Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluations
- Vocational counseling
- Employment services
- Job search assistance
- On the job training
- Post-secondary training at a college, vocational or tech/business school
- Supportive rehabilitation services
- Independent living services
If you are a veteran; disabled or otherwise, looking for work, New York has plenty of services and organizations available to help you not only find a job, but help you with the overall transition from active duty military life to the life of an average American citizen. Many of the services available understand the importance of both physical and mental evaluations to aid in job placement rather than simply finding a job and inserting the first available candidate. The goals of these organizations is to offer long term legitimate solutions for job seeking veterans so that they may live prolonged and fulfilled lives.
In conclusion, New York makes the resources available to help veterans in their job search, but it is ultimately up to the individual to seek this guidance and have a desire to change their life for the better. These organizations are present with open arms but will not force a veteran to take action. That decision needs to be made internally, and once that happens, change can begin and resources are available for the support and aid in helping the veterans’ job search success.