Veteran Career Resources Portal

American flag on the Boise State campus

The Career Center is here to support you in your transition from a military to civilian career. We can assist with all stages of your career planning and job searches, from deciding on a fitting major and civilian career path, to figuring out what steps to take to fully prepare for your next career move, to finding and applying for employment, internships, and post-graduation positions.

Get Career Assistance from the Career Center

Below are the different ways you can access career assistance. Choose the option(s) that best meets your needs. If you’re not sure, or you need help finding a particular resource, send us a message, or call us at (208) 426-1747.

In-Person and Online Appointments: For your convenience, we can assist you with any of your career planning or job search needs in-person at the Career Center, or via video, phone, or email.

Schedule an appointment

Virtual Career Center: Access our electronic resources on career exploration, career planning, internships, job searching, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, or interviewing.

Go to the Virtual Career Center

Drop-In Quick Tips: If you just have a quick question, drop in for a 15-minute session Monday through Thursday from 2-4pm during the fall and spring semesters.

Learn more about drop-ins

Civilian career experiences: Gaining experience directly in your intended career field is one of the most critical aspects of a career transition. We coordinate programs to help you gain these experiences. (Make an appointment for assistance determining what experiences best meet your needs.)

Learn about Internships and Work U

Handshake: Use our online job search platform to search for on and off campus part-time jobs, internships, and career positions.

Log in to Handshake

Career Events: We bring employers to campus throughout the year for Career Fairs, smaller networking events, information sessions, and on-campus interviews. We also host a “suit-up” event where you can purchase discounted civilian work attire. Make sure to watch your email for upcoming events that may be especially relevant to you!

Learn more about career events

Meet Your Career Services Liaison

Kelley Gould
Kelley Gould

While all of our career services staff are well equipped to assist you in your career transition, and you can schedule your appointment with any of us, Kelley is designated to support our veterans.

Kelley is a Career Counselor with a specialized master’s degree in career counseling from Colorado State, and she is certified to administer the CliftonStrengths assessment (StrengthsFinder). She is passionate about helping you create your path.

Additional Resources for Transitioning to a Civilian Career

Civilian Occupations Related to Your Military Occupation

CareerOneStop Veteran and Military Transition Center: This resource helps you match your military skills and experiences to civilian careers, search for jobs in your local area or across the United States, and connects you with other benefits for veterans. The Veterans Job Matcher allows you to search by your MOC to identify related civilian occupations, typical salary, education needed, job outlook, and current openings. The site’s job search section offers a wide range of resources and tips on each step of the job search process, specifically tailored to veterans.

Idaho Department of Labor JobScape: If you’re planning to stay in Idaho, use this tool to access Idaho region-specific career information, including data on salary, employment, and annual openings for a given occupation. Use your MOC to find related occupations, but before you select an occupation title, click the “Filters” button at the top of the page, and enter a city or zip code to get data specific to the region of the state you plan to live in.

Translating Your Experience into Civilian Language

O*Net Online’s Military Crosswalk Search: This tool can help you translate your military experience to a civilian resume. You will search codes or titles from the Military Occupational Classification (MOC) to bring up related civilian occupations. (If you are looking for a specific occupation that doesn’t appear on this list, you can type it in to the search bar in the top right corner.) View an occupation to get a comprehensive list of required knowledge, skills, abilities in civilian language that you can use to describe your military experiences in a resume, cover letter, or interview.

Job Search Websites for Veterans

USA Jobs: The federal government’s employment database for all government agencies

Clearance Jobs: Job search database for people who hold active federal security clearances

CorporateGray.com: Connects veterans with military-friendly employers and sponsors military job fairs and professional networking events

G.I. Jobs – Job search resources and job board for veterans

Hire Heroes USA: Provides free job search assistance to U.S. military members, veterans and military spouses

MilitaryFriendly.com – Includes annual list of Top 100 Military Friendly Employers

RecruitMilitary.com: Free for veterans military-to-civilian recruiting firm

Return to Work: Personalized vocational rehabilitation and employment services for veterans and their spouses, including specialized vocational evaluations, career counseling services, and entry into a nationwide employer network to help you transition back into the workforce

The Mission Continues: Fellowships to empower wounded and disabled veterans to serve in their communities

Local Organizations Providing Career Assistance to Veterans

Idaho Division of Veterans Services: Government agency dedicated to serving Idaho’s veterans and their families. On this page, you can connect with Idaho Department of Labor employment services for veterans, and information about upcoming job fairs and workshops.

Mission 43: The Hire Heroes USA team in Idaho, focused on helping transitioning military, veterans, and military spouses excel in their transition to their next career.

Additional Resources

The Boise State Career Closet provides donated professional clothing at no cost to Boise State students and alumni. Available items are perfect for interviews, career fairs, research conferences and other professional events.

Not a student yet? Here are some resources to explore your options and get started at Boise State:

You can access links to additional resources for veterans on the Veterans Organizations page of the Idaho Division of Veterans Services website.