Career Resources for Veterans
We at the Cawley Career Education Center are committed to helping our military and veteran student populations with their transition from service to academic life and, ultimately, to a new career. Our staff, along with the Georgetown University Veterans Office, is here to support you as navigate the next steps of your career journey.
This page highlights career resources that may be useful to you if you have served or are currently serving in the military. There are additional resources for military family members and spouses.
Take time to explore what is offered here, and feel free to come to Cawley during our drop-in hours (Monday – Friday, 1 – 3 p.m.) or schedule an appointment with a staff member to take advantage of our in-person services.
Your Job Search
Below are links to a few job search databases that cater to veterans. These website are by no means the only places to find opportunities.
- Navigating USAJobs – How to use usajobs.gov, the U.S. Government’s job and internship database
- Veterans Employment Center
- Handshake – Handshake is the career center’s online portal for everything career development. Like LinkedIn it allows you to create a public profile. It will show you opportunities based on your interests. It is also the place for our calendar of career events happening on campus, such as our career fairs, workshops, networking events, and more. This is a great place to start your job search.
The Cawley Career Education Center hosts two large career fairs and several niche fairs every year. Hundreds of employers attend our career fairs. Employers are willing to answer your questions about employment opportunities. Career fairs are a great way to browse multiple employers at one time and learn more about the companies in person.
The Cawley Career Education Center sends out a weekly email called the Career Insider. This newsletter keeps you up to date on upcoming events, job and internship application tips and job postings.
Resumes and Cover Letters
Cawley Career Education Center’s resume and cover letter guides. Take a look when you’re ready to work on your applications.
The career center subscribes to an online resume-building portal called Optimal Resume, where you can create a resume with easy-to-use resume templates. Create an account using your Georgetown email address to access Optimal Resume.
Federal resumes vary in significant ways from private sector resumes. For instance, federal resumes are usually longer, as long as two-to-five pages for college students and young alumni. Check out our federal resume page to learn more about formatting content and editing federal resumes. You’ll also find sample federal resumes at Resume Place.
Military to Civilian Translation Tools
One of the challenges you may face in writing your resume is how to translate your military experience into terms a civilian employer will understand. These tools can help you translate your military experience for civilians.
Resume Builders and Samples
Below you’ll find a list of resources to help you build your resume.
- Vets.gov Resume Builder
- VA for Vets Resume Building Guide (PDF)
- Sample Veteran Resume from Northeastern University (PDF)
Military & Veteran Mentoring Program
Georgetown Military Network Powered by Hoya Gateway
Hoya Gateway launched the Georgetown Military Network (GMN) group to connect the Georgetown student and alumni military-connected community for mentoring, transition and career development opportunities. The GMN has just launched a “group” on the platform, which is an exclusive section of the system that allows you to find professionals, engage in conversations on the discussion board, and find important resources related to your interests.
American Corporate Partners (ACP)
This program connects veterans to career coaches who offer career expertise and guidance to those transitioning into the civilian workforce.
A platform co-founded by a Georgetown alumnus, Veterati is a mentorship program that connects veterans to mentors who will help them transition into the civilian workforce.
Online Social Networking Platforms for Veterans
LinkedIn can be a great place to broaden your professional network. There are groups such as
There are various Facebook pages for veterans to engage online, including
For Military Spouses
Career One Stop
Career One Stop offers career exploration services, training opportunities, and a jobs database. It also has information for military family members on topics such as employment, education, and relocation.
This is a job placement service for military spouses and a recruiting service for companies.
FourBlock is a nonprofit with a career readiness program that focuses on networking, professional development, and exploration. The organization also works with employers to help veterans find rewarding careers.
Travis Manion Foundation
The Travis Manion Foundation uses character-driven programming to empower veterans and the families of the fallen to serve in their communities. It also provides transition workshops to help veterans thrive in their civilian lives.
DoD Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
The Defense Department online resources for resume writing and interviewing and information to assist with the military-to-civilian transition.
VA Career Toolkit
This is a tool for the employers and managers to help them better relate and integrate their veteran and reserve employee members. Veterans and their family members can also find employment resources.
Resources for Differently Abled Vets
Job Opportunities for DisABLED Veterans
This is a resource with job postings for veterans of different ability statuses.