Veteran Employment Resources

Members of the Veterans Employment Initiative belong to a web-based learning community dedicated to the topic of employing veterans. A key objective of the Initiative is to make resources available to all employers who are developing or enhancing their veteran employment practices and to veterans who are looking to enter the civilian workforce.


National Organizations:
  • Hiring Our Heroes:  A Program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation - Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. Information regarding upcoming hiring events can be found here:
Illinois Organizations:
  • Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium - Information about The Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium, a group of Illinois employers who recognize the great value veterans bring to the workplace and operationalize the term "veteran-friendly" by committing to implement best practices in veteran recruitment, training and retention can be found here:
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security and Information about upcoming veterans events sponsored by the Illinois Department of Employment Security can be accessed by following the link below to the IDES Events Calendar and typing “veteran” in the keyword field:
  • Information for veterans needing employment assistance can be found using the Security Office Locator tool found here: to find the nearest IDES Office.
  • Illinois Joining Forces - Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) is a statewide, public-private network of veteran- and military-serving organizations that collaborate in person and online to help service members, veterans, and their families navigate the “sea of goodwill.”  Information about upcoming veteran/military events, including hiring events can be found here:
Reports Guides and Tool-kits
  • 2013 Guide to Hiring Veterans– Developed by: The Department of Veterans Affairs; The Department of Labor; The Department of Defense; The Department of Education; The White House (Domestic Policy Council, Office of Management and Budget - Performance Improvement Council, and Joining Forces); and the U.S Chamber of Commerce:
  • America's Heroes at Work — Veterans Hiring Toolkit:
  • Institute for Veterans and Military Families of Syracuse University web-based toolkit of veteran employment leading practices:
  • The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) guide to help employers recruit and retain current and former members of the military:
Finding Veterans: Free databases
  • IllionoisJobLink:
Paid databases and other
  • RecruitMilitary:
  • com|Monster Veteran Employment Center:
  • MBA Veterans:
  • Service Academy Career Conference:
  • ClearedConnections (for security cleared professionals):
Skills Translators
  • CareerOneStop Business Center - sponsored by the US Department of Labor - provides a skills translator that identifies relevant military experience by matching civilian job opening to military careers that use similar skills:
  • Resume Engine – Created by Hiring Our Heroes, Toyota, and Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer, Resume Engine captures the totality of a veteran's military experience - including awards, deployments, and military schooling - and helps put them into civilian terms:
Disability Resources
  • Job Accommodation Network provides free one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodation and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
  • Think Beyond the Label delivers information, outreach and resources to businesses, job seekers and the public workforce system to ensure greater recruiting and hiring opportunities for job candidates with disabilities:
Finding Job-Seekers with Disabilities
  • Illinois workNet (Illinois Department of Employment Security):
VWG Member Company Employment Links
  • Abbott
  • Accenture
  • Bank of America
  • Chicago Tribune Media Group
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Exelon Corporation
  • Franczek Radelet P.C.
  • Health Care Service Corporation
  • Rasmussen College
  • Robert R. McCormick Foundation
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • United Airlines

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