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Active Duty Military & 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/Veterans Jobs Resources

  • Best for Vets
    Military Time's EDGE surveyed companies and top government contractors in three areas: recruiting, corporate culture and reserve policies.
  • Corporate Gray
    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.
  • Helmets to Hardhats
    Helps military, reservists, guardsmen to transition from active duty to a career in the construction industry.
  • Hire Heroes USA
    Provides a personal approach for creating job opportunities for veterans and their spouses where each veteran receives dedicated assistance from staff members.
  • Military Hire
    A military hiring network where former military personnel can seek careers and utilize their professional skills.
  • Military to Civilian
    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
    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
    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
    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
    A veteran-owned firm that provides education, veteran jobs and civilian careers, new business and franchise ownership, training, and much more.
  • Soar Consulting
     Specializes in military transition jobs, matching transitioning junior military officers (JMOs) and enlisted leaders and with companies
  • Swords to Plowshares
    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
    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.




  • California Department of Veteran’s Affairs
    A hub of resources for California Veterans and their families, including information on housing, education, healthcare, and employment.
  • Center for Women Vets
    Information specific to women Veterans’ benefits, including education and training, home loans, employment, and more
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    Information on home loans and housing, healthcare (benefits), education (waivers, GI Bills)
  • eBenefits *NEW*
    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.
  • Elaws’ Veterans’ Issues
    Provides information on equal opportunity in hiring and employment services.
  • Vet Center
    Provides a broad range of counseling/outreach and referral services.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services
    Assists veterans with “service connected disabilities to prepare for, find and keep jobs.


  • National Veterans Foundation
    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
    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.


  • 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