Career Resources for Student Veterans And Service Members

Connect With Your Career Resources

In addition to receiving service from Career and Internship Services, you may find the below resources helpful as you begin your job search:

Find Other Student Veterans and Service Members

Student veterans & service members often find it very helpful to connect with peers on-campus. The University of Minnesota's Student Veterans Association (SVA) has regular professional development and social events, and is open to student veterans and the friends, family, and supporters of student veterans.

Get a Mentor

The U of M Student Veterans Association Mentor Program matches student veterans with professionals in the field who are also vets. Student veterans can also participate in their College Mentor Program as well.

Know Employer Assumptions

Most employers greatly value the perspective and skills that student veterans bring to the workplace. However, there may be many positive and negative assumptions about veterans held by potential employers. Inform yourself by viewing this PDF iconpowerpoint presentation.

Develop a "Civilian Friendly" Resume

To compete for jobs and internships outside of the military, you will need to adapt your resume language to civilian terms. For help in doing so, go to and click on "Crosswalk Search" to enter your military job code. This tool will translate your military assignment into a civilian occupation with key words to help you write effective bullet statements. Check out our guide onPDF iconResume Writing for Veterans and visit the career center for personal help with this process!

Know Your Rights

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) is a broad law with implications for returning veterans, including protection from job discrimination. Find more information visit the US Office of Special Counsel USERRA website.

Hiring Preference for Veterans

Many organizations want to hire veterans and in some cases give preference to veteran applicants:

Additional Resources