Resources for Job Seekers, Veterans, and the entire Military Community

The Job Search

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Throughout your association with the military, you’ve faced many obstacles. As many of you know by now, the job search can present its own set of challenges, as well. The job seeker must perform due diligence during every stage of the process. From preparing a resume to sending a ‘Thank You’ letter, proper preparation and execution is the key to successful results.

We encourage you to take advantage of any and all resources at your disposal, to include our outreach staff at the Missouri Career Centers,, and the tools and link contained here on the Show-Me Heroes portal. Our program is designed to augment traditional job search methods, not replace them.

Feel free to evaluate the tools and links found on our website, and consider checking back from time to time for updated information. Many organizations offer free services for job seekers, assistance in finding their next job or career with employers seeking to hire individuals with the unique training, education, skills, and experiences that only the military experience provides. We wish you the best of luck in finding that rewarding career you deserve!

(These resources are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of any products or services by the ‘Show-Me Heroes’ program. We reserve the right to add or remove items from this site as appropriate. Check back often, as content on this site will periodically change.)


9 Keys to Job Search & Career Success (Michelle Dumas)

Attacking the Job Market and Workplace Proactively in Tough Times (Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.)

Best Strategy Using Internet Job Search Engines (Michael Adams)

Getting a Job in a Down - But Stimulated - Economy (Maureen Crawford Hentz)

Job Hunting on a Corporate Website (David Alan Carter)


  Corporate Gray Online
Corporate Gray links employers with transitioning and former military personnel through the Corporate Gray Series of military-to-civilian career transition books, Corporate Gray Job Fairs, and Corporate Gray Online.

  Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) is a nonprofit military spouse employment program created and operated by military spouses and other military-affiliated independent contractors. MSCCN offers a wide range of corporate job openings, training workshops, job search guidance, volunteer opportunities, and a variety of work-from-home positions to all military-affiliated job seekers.

  O*NET OnLine
O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more.

  Troops to Teachers
‘Troops to Teachers’ is a U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.

The Employment Hub for, an official Department of Defense website.

  U.S. Department of Labor - Veterans’ Employment & Training Service
VETS’ mission is to provide veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st century workforce by maximizing their employment opportunities, protecting their employment rights and meeting labor-market demands with qualified veterans today.

  U.S. Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Government-wide Veterans Employment Website is a critical component of the Federal Government’s strategy for the recruitment and employment of Veterans.

  USA Jobs
USAJOBS is the official job site of the US Federal Government. It's your one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.


  ISBN: 978-1-57685-670-3
Best Careers for Veterans: Leverage Your Military Background in the Civilian Workforce (By Olivia M. Cloud)
Best Careers for Veterans includes advice on: Defining career interests, skills, and lifestyle; trends in the workforce; existing career opportunities; sources for jobs; appropriate civilian career wardrobes; cover letters; résumé preparation and distribution; the dos and don’ts of interviewing; and assessing compensation and benefits.

  ISBN: 978-1-59357-444-4
Career Quizzes: 12 Tests to Help You Discover and Develop Your Dream Career (By John Liptak, Ed.D.)
Career Quizzes helps readers look inside themselves; examine their needs and values, interests and skills, personality and preferences; and make better choices. A career counselor for 20 years and one of the nation’s leading developers of career assessments, author John Liptak takes readers on a journey of self-discovery that will help them find work they love and develop their career from start to finish.

  ISBN-13: 978-0-47045-584-5
Guerilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0: 1,001 Unconventional Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Landing Your Dream Job (By Jay Conrad Levinson and David E. Perry)
Using a typically unconventional Guerrilla approach, authors Levinson and Perry cover all the basics of a winning campaign. This book covers: using the Internet for everything from research and job searches to your own Web site, blogs, and podcasting; harnessing the full power of Google, LinkedIn, and ZoomInfo to uncover opportunities in the "hidden job market" ahead of your competition (or other job hunters); and branding yourself and selling your strengths in resumes, letters, e-mail, and interviews.

  ISBN: 978-1-92157-382-8
How to Shorten the Odds For Job Search Success: 101 World Class Expert Facts, Hints, Tips and Advice on Job Search Techniques (By Valerie Nichols)
This book includes 101 of the most current, most actual and beneficial Facts, Hints, Tips and Advice you can find from experts in the field on Job Search Techniques, such as: 10 Tips For Job Hunting in Today's Market, Best Job Search Techniques to Use in a Recession, Expanding Your Job Search to a Different Industry, and more.

  ISBN: 978-1-59357-118-4
Job Search and Career Checklists: 101 Proven Time-Saving Checklists to Organize and Plan Your Career Search (By Arlene S. Hirsch)
Whether starting a new career or analyzing present job progress, this book is a tool for assessing needs, gaining confidence in all job-hunting tasks that need to be accomplished, initiating job search, improving their current jobs, and exploring career options.

  ISBN: 978-1-60163-016-2
Job Search Bloopers: Every Mistake You Can Make on the Road to Career Suicide... and How to Avoid Them (By Laura DeCarlo and Susan Guarneri)
In Job Search Bloopers, you'll peek into the lives of job seekers as they share their sometimes hilarious and all-too-often horrendous career blunders. With each story you'll also gain practical and easily applicable real-world advice on how to avoid making the same or similar bloopers while maximizing your success in attaining your next position.

  ISBN-13: 978-1-59357-150-4
Job Search Magic: Insider Secrets from America's Career and Life Coach (By Susan Britton Whitcomb)
Job Search Magic condenses all of the groundbreaking job search guidance from JIST best-sellers Resume Magic, Interview Magic, and Cover Letter Magic into one all-inclusive volume—plus a no-fail system for finding and landing the perfect job for you. Includes sample resumes and cover letters, before-and-after interview responses, career-choice guidance, helpful job search Web sites, salary-negotiation tips, and job success tips.

  ISBN-13: 978-1-59357-294-5
Job Seeker’s Online Goldmine: A Step-by-Step Guidebook to Government and No-Cost Web Tools (By Janet E. Wall, Ed.D.)
A one-of-a-kind job search book that taps into the Web resources sponsored by Uncle Sam and other noncommercial entities. Job seekers, students, and anyone interested in important career information will find a goldmine of assistance through the little-known, but highly useful, Web tools described in this book. This action-based, goal-oriented handbook guides the reader in accomplishing specific career and education goals—all by using high-quality, no-charge Web tools that help them pinpoint career interests, write resumes, find job openings, improve skills, get scholarships, and more.

  ISBN: 978-1-59869-781-0
Knock 'em Dead 2010: The Ultimate Job Search Guide (By Martin Yate)
In the latest edition of this classic guide, Martin Yate paves the way with his proven advice on everything from crafting resumes with keywords and leveraging social networking to the latest thinking on interview skills. Featuring a new section, “Where the Jobs Are," Yate delves into the hottest fields such as education, engineering, and health care, supplying info on the top job titles, and tips on how to land positions in those fields.

  ISBN: 978-0-13702-114-7
Rebound : A Proven Plan for Starting Over After Job Loss (By Martha I. Finney)
You’ve just lost your job (or you’re expecting to). You know you’re not alone: Millions of great people are losing their jobs these days. Losing your job can turn your life upside down. It can mess with your mind, your heart, your health, your family life...not to mention your financial security. This practical book will help you get through the trauma-–and come out stronger, smarter, better.

  ISBN: 978-1-59357-239-6
Seven-Step Job Search: Cut Your Job Search Time in Half (By Michael Farr)
Mike Farr, whose proven methods help people find better jobs in less time, gives you the essentials for a successful search: summarize your skills, experience, and education; explore the possibilities and set a specific objective before you go looking; spend your time networking and getting interviews instead of sitting at home writing your resume; and more.

  ISBN: 978-0-96470-259-2
Ten Steps to a Federal Job, Second Edition: Navigating the Federal Job System (By Kathryn Troutman)
This guide shows you what you must know and do to get a good federal job with health insurance, retirement benefits, and a stable future. Federal resume expert Kathryn Troutman reveals how to translate your work experience and education into federal employment; discover the 10 hottest federal fields, expand your short private industry resume into a typical 4-page USAJOBS federal resume, and more!

  ISBN: 978-1-59184-321-4
Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door: Job Search Secrets No One Else Will Tell You (By Harvey Mackay)
Business guru Harvey Mackay throws open the doors to his vault of career wisdom with this compendium of tips and advice on how to score (and ace) a job interview, how to advance at your current position, and how to sell yourself to your current or future employers. Mackay encourages everyone to think of their career as a perpetual job search, and then he shows how to excel at every step of the process, from identifying opportunities to displaying your assets on a résumé to negotiating yourself into the job of your dreams, even if it's not listed in the want ads.

  ISBN: 9781-58008-987-6
What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers (By Richard N. Bolles)
What Color Is Your Parachute? has been a bestselling job-search book for more than three decades, in good times and bad, and it continues to be a fixture on best-seller lists. What Color Is Your Parachute? is streamlined this year to help those struggling to find part-time and full-time employment in these hard economic times acquire the job-search tools they need faster and more efficiently. This classic job-search book is updated and relevant to today’s job market.

Search for Supporting Employers

By searching the state map below, you can view the list of Missouri employers who have pledged their support to Missouri’s Veterans. Although not all those listed are hiring at any given time, they have all pledged to reach out to Missouri’s Veterans in order to employ excellence in Missouri’s workforce. We hope the Show-Me Heroes program, via dedicated Veterans Outreach staff stationed at each of the state’s 43 Missouri Career Centers, will help connect you with these employers.

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Many members of the military community – Veterans, Active Component members, Reserve Component members, and Families – benefit from several types of charitable associations and organizations that provide advocacy, emergency assistance, grants, counseling, and other types of direct and indirect support. You’ll find links to many of those in this section, as well as to other military and patriotic service organizations. Follow the links below to connect with the groups that fit your needs…

(These resources are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of any products or services by the ‘Show-Me Heroes’ program. We reserve the right to add or remove items from this site as appropriate. Check back often, as content on this site will periodically change.)

  USO of Missouri, Inc.
The USO of Missouri, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare, and recreation-type services to our military personnel and their families.

  Military OneSource
Education, relocation, parenting, stress - you name it - Military OneSource is here to help you with just about any need. Available by phone or online, our free service is provided by the Department of Defense for active-duty, Guard, and Reserve service members and their families. The service is completely private and confidential, with few exceptions.

  Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR)
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense (DoD) organization. It was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.


Health and wellness for our Veterans, Service Members, and their Families remains a strategic imperative, from both national security and public health perspectives. The strength of the all-volunteer force (past and present) is undermined when the enduring health and well-being of many of its members is so precarious.

We hope that the links below will help the members of Missouri’s military community obtain the services, tools, and encouragement they need to take charge of their own health and well-being.

(These resources are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of any products or services by the ‘Show-Me Heroes’ program. We reserve the right to add or remove items from this site as appropriate. Check back often, as content on this site will periodically change.)


Strengthen Relationships During Deployment, Separation (Nancy Peterson)

Are You a Role Model of Healthy Eating? (Kristen Stewart)


  America's Heroes at Work
America's Heroes at Work is a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) project that addresses the employment challenges of returning Service Members living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Designed for employers and the workforce development system, this website is your link to information and tools to help returning Service Members living with TBI and/or PTSD succeed in the workplace. (The Military Health System)
The Military Health System (MHS) is a global medical network within the Department of Defense that provides cutting-edge health care to all U.S. military personnel worldwide. The MHS is an elegant synergy of Army, Navy, and Air Force capabilities that serve, protect and treat the service members who defend our country. is specifically targeted for the Reserve Components. Citizen Soldiers juggle many different balls every day...but they cannot afford to drop the one ball that allows them to live a healthier, less stressful life. Hooah 4 Health is a health promotion partnership that allows individuals to assume the responsibility to explore options and take charge of their health and well being.

  Quit Tobacco—Make Everyone Proud
Quit Tobacco—Make Everyone Proud is an educational campaign for the U.S. military, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. Launched in February of 2007, the mission of the campaign Web site is to help U.S. service members quit tobacco—for themselves and for the people they love. is a wellness resource for the military community whose mission is to help service members, their families, and veterans overcome common adjustment problems following a deployment.

Reserve Components

If you're considering joining the military for the first time, or you're a military veteran looking for additional benefits and further opportunities to serve your country, National Guard and Reserve programs provide a great deal of flexibility and rewards.

Members of the Reserve Component play a critical role in national defense, while receiving part-time pay, service, and benefits. Since each Service’s bonuses & incentives differ, visit the links below to learn more…

(These resources are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of any products or services by the ‘Show-Me Heroes’ program. We reserve the right to add or remove items from this site as appropriate. Check back often, as content on this site will periodically change.)


Reserve Associations & Opportunities (

Legal Basis of the National Guard

Guard & Reserve Benefits Guide


  Missouri National Guard (Air & Army)
The National Guard is the America's oldest military branch, serving both state and federal governments. While Guard units are combat-trained and can be deployed overseas (depending on your unit and your job), Guard Soldiers are just as likely to serve in their home communities—just one weekend per month, and one two-week period each year.

  U.S. Army Reserve
The Army Reserve's mission is to provide trained, equipped, and ready Soldiers and cohesive units to meet the global requirements across the full spectrum of operations. The Army Reserve is a key element in The Army multi-component unit force, training with Active and National Guard units to ensure all three components work as a fully integrated team.

  U.S. Navy Reserve
In the Navy Reserve, highly motivated men and women from all walks of life come together to find unrivaled training, undeniable purpose and uncommon adventure — close to home and across the globe. They discover camaraderie that’s rarely experienced in the everyday world. And they benefit on many fronts: personally, professionally and financially.

  U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Nearly 33,000 men and women take time out from their ordinary lives to serve at least one weekend per month and two weeks per year as members of the Marine Corps Reserve. For some, the reserves is a means to help pay for college. For others, it is a break from the daily grind of their civilian jobs. Regardless of what they do when not drilling, reservists proudly stand ready to answer their nation's call to duty during times of crisis.

  U.S. Air Force Reserve
The Air Force Reserve is an exciting, vibrant part of the nation's defense. It offers similar benefits afforded by those on active duty and one more - the benefit of time... time to be with your family, time to work at your civilian career and time to serve your country.The Reserve is also a great way for those in other branches of the military to continue their benefits and continue the camaraderie and adventure only available through the service.

  U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
As a Coast Guard Reservist, you could be working side by side with full-time Guardians. Or, depending on our needs and your abilities, you could end up in our Reserve specific specialty - Investigator. No matter what mission, you'll typically serve just two days a month and two weeks a year at a base near your home.

Everything Else

Occasionally, we come across articles and organizations that don’t fit neatly into any of our other categories. Feel free to explore these resources below…

(These resources are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of any products or services by the ‘Show-Me Heroes’ program. We reserve the right to add or remove items from this site as appropriate. Check back often, as content on this site will periodically change.)

  DoD Voluntary Education
The Department of Defense’s off-duty, voluntary education programs constitute one of the largest continuing education programs in the world. Each year, about 300,000 Service Members enroll in postsecondary courses leading to associate, bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees.

  Military Handbooks
Military Handbooks was launched with one simple goal – to give the Military community the very best information available about pay, benefits, retirement planning, education benefits, career decisions, and more, all available for free.

  United States Department of Veterans Affairs (Education Benefits)
The VA provides Education and Training among their wide range of benefits, including Disability, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Home Loan Guaranty, Dependant and Survivor Benefits, Medical Treatment, Life Insurance and Burial Benefits.