Tasked by President Obama with reducing the unemployment rate for veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs has developed an online career center to help translate military experience to civilian work.
The department’s Veteran Employment Services Office came up with the model for an online career center that helps veterans produce usable resumes and keeps an individual veteran’s employment records in one place. The agency hired Reston-based Serco, which teamed with Reston-based business process management firm Appian as well as job board Monster and Arlington-based human capital management company PDRI, to implement the program.
The career center program uses a military skills translator along with an assessment tool that gauges an individual’s interests and skills and generates a resume.
Already, more than 34,000 veterans have been registered in the system, which allows them to upload a resume and gives them the option to connect with a career coach. The VA said more than 7,600 veterans have searchable resumes in the database.