Resources for Active Duty Military and Veterans

The CSUSM Career Center is committed to offering veterans and active duty students and alumni opportunities to find meaningful and enjoyable employment. We offer a variety of services to help you throughout your education and as you transition into the workforce. In addition to full time career positions, we can assist students in the search for part time or internship positions to compliment your educational experience. Whether you need help with choosing a major/career, writing a resume, learning job search skills, negotiating salary, or finding employment, we are here to help.

The role of the Career Center is to act as an education agency rather than an employment/placement agency. We want to help veterans and active duty students and alumni in determining career goals to launch their careers. We can play an important supportive role in this process to ensure you maximize your potential and take advantage of the vast resources available to you.

Employment Resources

Skill Assessment


Government Sites

Veteran's Associations




  • American Corporate Partners
    Description: Connects U.S. veterans to business leaders who offer business advice, and a nationwide mentoring program.
  • Corporate Gray
    Description: A step-by-step approach to the military-to-civilian job search process, with many helpful tips along the way. Many employment opportunities offered by military firms.
  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
    Description: ESGR, a Department of Defense office, promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve component service members and their civilian employers
  • Helmets to Hardhats
    Description: Helps military, reservists, guardsmen to transition from active duty to a career in the construction industry.
  • Google for Veterans and Families
    Description: A collection of free resources to help men and women of the military to transition into civilian life.
  • Hire Heroes USA
    Description: Provides a personal approach for creating job opportunities for veterans and their spouses where each veteran receives dedicated assistance from staff members.
  • LinkedIn Veterans Microsite
    Description: A professional social media networking site with a “Veteran Mentor Network.”
  • MC2
    Description: MC2 (Military Candidates) is based on finding jobs and career opportunities that are domestic and overseas for current and veteran military soldiers.
  • Military Hire
    Description: A military hiring network where former military personnel can seek careers and utilize their professional skills.
  • Military to Civilian
    Description: For employers and job seekers who can use multiple sites to find jobs or to find someone who is in need of a job. Military officers, non-commissioned officers and technicians can expect to be placed in civilian career fields.
  • New Directions, Inc
    Description:  Resources to ease the transition of veterans from combat to civilian life, and to help men and women avoid problems such as drug or alcohol abuse, serious mental illness, poverty and homelessness. Operation Welcome Home offers a broad array of services to OEF/OIF veterans, including case management, legal assistance, job training and referrals, family reunification, individual and group therapy, and assistance with housing.
  • Project Return to Work
    Description: Provides career counseling services to Americans with disabilities interested in returning to the workforce. R2W incorporates advanced technologies, methodologies, and an online evaluation process to assist clients with finding the jobs they enjoy doing most.
  • Reboot
    Description: Consists of a three-week workshop, in San Diego and other locations, provided by the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. to help veterans ease back into civilian life after military service.
  • Recruit Military
    Description: A veteran-owned firm that provides education, veteran jobs and civilian careers, new business and franchise ownership, training, and much more.
  • Soar Consulting
    Description: Specializes in military transition jobs, matching transitioning junior military officers (JMOs) and enlisted leaders and with companies
  • Swords to Plowshares
    Description: Veterans work one-on-one with job counselors to address their individual needs, overcome obstacles to employment, and determine a long-term career plan. The Career Pathways program trains military veterans for jobs in high-growth, high-wage industries, such as clean energy, green marketing, transportation and healthcare.
  • Vet Jobs
    Description: VetJobs is available to assist ALL members of "The United States Military Family" to transition. This includes Officer and Enlisted, Active Duty, Transitioning Military, Reservists, Veterans, Retirees of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, National Guard, Navy, NOAA and Public Health Service along with Trailing Spouses, Eligible Former Spouses, Widows, Widowers and Dependents and DOD civilians.
  • Veterans' Employment & Training Service (VETS)
    Description: Provides resources and expertise to assist and prepare veterans to obtain meaningful careers, maximize employment opportunities, and protect employment rights. 



  • Cal State San Marcos Career Center
    Description:  The career center at Cal State San Marcos offers assessments to help you identify skills and interests for a specific career.



  • The Riley Guide: Job Banks and Recruitment
    Description: Lists resources to help veterans find government sponsored job services, and other job resources 


  • California Department of Veteran’s Affairs
    Description: A hub of resources for California Veterans and their families, including information on housing, education, healthcare, and employment.
  • Center for Veterans Enterprise
    Description: Provides information to verify service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and veteran-owned small businesses.
  • Center for Women Vets
    Description: Information specific to women Veterans’ benefits, including education and training, home loans, employment, and more.
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    Description: Information on home loans and housing, healthcare (benefits), education (waivers, GI Bills)
  • eBenefits *NEW*
    Description: A central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and, in time, manage their benefits and personal information to build resumes, and translate military skills into private-sector skills.
  • Vet Center
    Description: Provides a broad range of counseling/outreach and referral services.
  • Vet Success
    Description: Transition assistance from military to civilian life
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services
    Description: Assists veterans with “service connected disabilities to prepare for, find and keep jobs. 



  • American Coalition of Filipino veterans
    Description: Filipino veterans center for experienced war veterans finding a future career
  • American Legion
    Description:  A patriotic veteran’s organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.
  • American Veterans
    Description: Geared toward enhancing and safe-guarding the entitlements for all American Veterans.
  • American Veterans for Equal Rights
    Description: Equal rights to finding a future career in respective skill sets for careers.
  • Amputee Coalition of America
    Description: Assisting amputees to find work in places near home living communities.
  • Blinded Veterans Association
    Description: Assisting blind veterans with special needs in order to make a comfortable and easy transitioning into civilian life.
  • Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
    Description: Specifically funded for veterans coming out of Afghanistan with career assistance in specialty training.
  • Disabled American Veterans
    Description: Helping disabled veteran’s transition to civilian life and support to get on the right path to finding a career.
  • Italian American War Veterans
    Description: A site created for Italian American war veterans for job assistance.
  • Jewish War Veterans
    Description: Jewish War Veterans aims to at providing financial assistance to veterans from the Jewish war through job training.
  • National Association for Black Vets
    Description: An association for African Americans coming out of any war who needs assistance with job training, schooling, or finding a career setting to work in.
  • National Coalition of Homeless Veterans
    Description: Designed to help in finding a path to a higher education and or job/ career with a step system to provide future goals either long term or short to in order to get homeless veterans back on their feet.
  • National Veterans Foundation
    Description: A national program designed to increase the amount of veterans who wish to join the work force in creating a community in which makes transitioning to civilian life easier.
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America
    Description: Finding paralyzed veterans a place to recuperate and eventually find a comfortable living style with a specific community that works with their preferences as well as with medical assistance programs.
  • Veterans and Military Families of Progress
    Description: Serving military families with veteran spouses or currently serving military personnel.


  • Expert Resumes for Military to Civilian Transitions. Wendy Enelow & Louise Kursmark. 2009. Jist Works.
  • Job Search: Marketing You Military Experience (5th edition). David Henderson. 2009. Stackpole Books.
  • Jobseeker's Guide: Navigating the Federal Job System for Transitioning Military Personnel and Family Members of Active Duty Military (5th edition). Katherine Troutman. 2012. The Resume Place.
  • Marching to College: Turning Military Experience into College Admissions. Sean Green. 2004. Princeton Review.
  • Military to Civilian Career Transition Guide: The Essential Job Search Handbook for Service Members (2nd Edition). Janet Farley. 2009. Jist Works.
  • Military to Federal Career Guide: Ten Steps to Transforming Your Military Experience Into A Competitive Federal Resume. Emily Troutman, Katherine Troutman, and Ed Roscoe. 2006. The Resume Place Press.
  • Military to Federal Career Guide (2nd Edition): Federal Resume Writing for Veterans. Katherine Troutman. The Resume Place.
  • Military Transition to Civilian Success. Caryl and Ronald Krannich. 2006. Impact Publications.
  • Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: What Educators and Service Providers Can Do. Jeffrey Bakken and Festus Obiakov. 2008. C.C. Thomas Ltd.
  • Quick Military Transition Guide: Seven Steps to Landing a Civilian Guide. Jane Farley. 2013. Jist Works.
  • Military-to-Civilian Resumes and Letters: How to Best Communicate Your Strengths to Employers (3rd Edition). Carl S. Savino and Ronald Krannich. 2007. Impact Publications.
  • Military-to-Civilian Transition Guide: A Career Transition Guide for Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guard Personnel, and Veterans (14th Edition). Ronald Krannich and CarL Savino. 2010. Impact Publications.
  • Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition. Tom Wolfe. 2011. Potomac Books Inc.

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