Employ Florida Vets: Employ Florida Vets is the state’s online jobs portal to provide employment services to Florida veterans. The initiative helps match service members to the jobs and training opportunities that suit the skills and experience gained in the military. Visit Employ Florida Vets for more information or call toll free (866) 352-2345.
VetNet: Transitioning from military to civilian life presents unique challenges. In addition to Employ Florida Vets, a few of the leading national organizations in veteran career development have combined forces to create one, easy place to start. Visit www.vetnethq.com for more information.
Veterans’ Preference: House Bill 7015, which was signed into law following the 2014 Florida Legislative Session, expands Veterans’ Preference in the Sunshine State for eligible veterans and their family members. An applicant who believes he or she was not afforded employment/retention preference may file a complaint with FDVA. (FS 295.07, 295.11) For details, call (727) 319-7462. For more information, click here.
Job Placement and Training: Qualified staff in One-Stop Career Centers provides services to veterans, military members and families. These services include interviewing, resume assistance, job referrals, veterans’ stand-downs for homeless veterans and many other services. Visit www.floridajobs.org/onestop/onestopdir/ for more information.
Outreach Assistance: A network of professional Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists and Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) provide priority workforce services to veterans, transitioning service members and eligible spouses. Spouses of active duty members can also receive additional services through the Military Family Employment Program. A directory of state DVOP and LVER staff is located online at www.floridajobs.org/workforce-board-resources/program-resources/program-resourcesor call (850) 245-7424 for more information.
Unemployment Compensation: To be eligible for unemployment compensation, veterans must have completed their first term of obligated service under honorable conditions or be released at the convenience of the government. Visit www.floridajobs.orgfor more information
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Employment Opportunities: The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers a wide variety of employment opportunities from consumer and environmental protection to promoting Florida’s vast agriculture and aquaculture industries. For more information, visit www.FreshFromFloridaCareers.com or contact the Recruitment Section at Careers@freshfromflorida.com.
VA for Vets: VA for Vets was created to provide our Nation’s Veterans with the tools necessary to translate their military skills to civilian skills, take career assessments, build their resumes, consult with coaches and conduct job searches. They are also able to tap into a wealth of information on reintegrating into the civilian workforce. All of these tools and support services are provided at no cost to our heroes. Please visit http://vaforvets.va.gov/ for more information.
Veterans Employment Center: The Veterans Employment Center connects Veterans and their families with meaningful employment and career development opportunities at www.vets.gov/veterans-employment-center.
Florida Troops to Teachers: The program is a DoD career transitions service that provides assistance to current and former military personnel who desire a second career in public school teaching. Some program participants are eligible for financial assistance of up to $10,000. For additional information, contact the Florida Troops to Teachers office toll free at (888) 358-7667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 24-hour counsel, call the National Veteran Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You are NOT alone!