Services for Veterans

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The Employment Development Department (EDD) assists veterans and their eligible spouses to maximize their employment and training opportunities. Veterans are entitled to many resources designed to help in their search for employment.

The EDD veterans’ representatives specialize in assisting veterans in their efforts to return to work and are located in many local EDD offices. Services provided include a veteran 24-hour priority hold on all job listings, customized job search assistance, job fairs, employer recruitments, and other events and resources.

Veterans are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an EDD veterans’ representative for personalized services and assistance to achieve professional goals.

CalJOBSSM: California labor exchange system allows job seekers to create résumés that can be seen by employers, search the full-service employment center for job openings, and more. CalJOBS can help veterans translate their military training and specialties into marketable skills applicable to civilian jobs. It also allows employers to post job openings, browse through thousands of viable résumés and find qualified candidates.

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  • CalJOBS

    If your business has an open position, visit CalJOBS (California‘s online labor exchange system) select "Find a Candidate" then select “Yes” from the “Veteran” dropdown menu option. You will find a pool of highly qualified individuals ready to step in and help you succeed.

  • Employer Guide to Hire Veterans (PDF)

    From America’s Heroes at Work, a step-by-step toolkit for employers.

  • HIRE Vets Medallion Program

    This program recognizes small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and large companies for their leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining America's veterans.

  • USERRA Information

    Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) from the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • O*Net Online

    Tool for career exploration and job analysis.

  • Veterans in Farming or Ranching Careers

    For transitioning service members and returning military veterans seeking to enter into farming or ranching careers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Veterans page serves as a one-stop navigator to help veterans learn more about employment, education, and entrepreneurship in farming and ranching.

  • Homeless Veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a variety of resources, programs, and benefits to end veteran homelessness.

  • Veterans Crisis Line

    The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring responders from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Survivor Benefits

    Support for the surviving spouses and dependents of military personnel who died while in active military service and to the survivors of veterans who died after active service.