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Finding Employment in the Civilian World


Last updated 9/6/2022 at 3:27pm | View PDF

If you’re a veteran or are just about to leave the service, one thing that might be on your mind is future employment in the civilian world. What are you going to do for work? How do you fill out an application when you don’t know the civilian title equivalent for the jobs you seek or the skills you have? Do you wonder if your skills even have application outside the military world?

Oplign, owned and operated by veterans who’ve been there, might have the answers you need. Oplign has a high-powered search engine computer that translates and matches the civilian job with the military veteran. Whether you’re a veteran seeking a job or a civilian employer with positions to offer, Oplign can help. For the veterans information, see, or check out the video at

RecruitMilitary ( does things in a different way with an MOS, NEC or AFSC translator. Enter your classification or just your Zip code and see what jobs are available near you. A fast look at jobs in my area showed a wide range of opportunities, from pharmacist to aviation mechanic to paint store supervisor and more. One other helpful section is the list of veteran-centric job fairs, including those that are also for military spouses.

Check the Veteran Jobs board at, also with a classification translator, job listings and a place to upload your resume.

Consider looking for a position with your state government. Chances are that if you are searching for a position that requires licensing or certification, your state will have opportunities that can ease the process of getting those based on your military service and experience.

Check your state’s Department of Labor as well; they frequently have “hire a vet” goals to meet and will go out of their way to help you.

If you have a medical/health care military background, it might take no more than a single phone call to your local hospital to find employment.

And remember: If you aim for a government job, you might have Veteran’s Preference Points. Those are valuable.

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