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Student Veterans

Your training and job experience in the military make you a unique Northwest student and future candidate for jobs/internships. Consider these resources as you connect your military experiences with potential majors and future job targets.


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Choosing A Major

Selecting a major is one of your most important decisions as a student. Northwest offers a variety of departmental resources and knowledgeable faculty to help you make an informed decision. Explore Choosing A Major for thought provoking questions and additional guidance.

Skills Assessment And Resume Preparation

It is important to transfer, “translate” and document your military skills in preparation for your future career and job/internship search materials.  These resources will help you interpret and decode military speak into descriptions more common to non-military audiences.

Additional Resume/Occupational Information

  • VMock SMART Career Platform - Online resume review tool that is free for student veterans
  • - Includes occupational information and resume tips/examples
  • Typical versus federal resume - Example detailing the difference in these two types of documents
  • Go Government - This site is designed to be your guide as you consider, apply, and secure federal employment. Specific pages explain Veteran’s Preference, the GS pay scale and much more. 

Top Skills Employers Seek

This infographic PDF details the most common skills needed by job seekers.  Compare your current list of skills including your military experience to this list. 

Job Listings

  • - Job and internship listings within the Federal Government
  • ZipRecruiter Veterans - ZipCares partners with companies to support veterans as they transition into civilian careers.
  • Veteran Recruitment Network (VRC) - Research companies, view/apply for jobs, chat with recruiters, and build your network as you seek your next opportunity
  • Feds hire vets - Federal employment information for Veterans, transitioning service members, and their families
  • - Matches job seekers that hold active or current Department of Defense, Department of State, and Department of Energy security clearances to hiring employers and recruiters looking for skilled cleared candidates
  • ClearedJobs.Net - A growing job board for professionals with security clearances looking for jobs in the defense and intelligence community
  • - Connecting U.S. military veterans with civilian careers
  • - An online networking solution for U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines that are currently transitioning from the military as well as veterans with varying amounts of business experience
  • GI Jobs Magazine - A premier publication for military transition. It provides education, transition assistance, and job opportunities for military vets. This is a must see!
  • - Career placement assistance to all returning service men and women
  • - Resource for those transitioning from the military, National Guard, Reserve Component Members, and veterans that have separated over the last several decades and are now productive members of the civilian work force in all disciplines
  • - The largest single source of transition assistance information and tools for today's separating military. On this transition assistance web site service members, both prior and current, can find the resources needed to transition from their much appreciated military service, to the perfect civilian career. Contains resume information, transition locator, job hunting advice, and relocation information
  • National Resource Directory - Resource to connect wounded warriors, service members, veterans, and those who support them, including information on benefits & compensation, education & training, and employment
  • (monster Veteran Employment Center) - Free resources to connect and inform the Americans with military affinity, including active duty, reservists, guard members, retirees, veterans, and family members

Transition Assistance


Research shows that as many as 90% of open positions are filled as a result of networking. The contacts you make, if cultivated and used wisely, can lead to future employment. Everyone has a network: it’s just a matter of thinking broadly and creatively about who is in it. This includes friends, family, neighbors, teachers/faculty (past and present), employers/coworkers, military colleagues and more. Visit Networking and Social Media for videos, details, and examples.

Career Events

Career Services hosts a variety of career events to propel students toward a successful future and a connection with potential employers for both internships and full-time opportunities.