West Texas A&M University's Career Services' full-range of resource tools are available to enrolled undergraduate, graduate and alumni veterans. When entering WTAMU, you bring a host of unique and desirable skills that future employers and graduate schools seek. The Texas Veterans Commission provides "10 Reasons to Hire Vets" including:
- Commitment to Results
- Accelerated Learning
- Performance under Pressure
- Respect for Procedures
- Triumph over Adversity
- Strong Technical Skills
Employers of WTAMU students value skills that are unique to our veterans, including leadership, teamwork, management, international experience, foreign languages, a deep understanding of loyalty, and community service! A WTAMU education will provide additional academic achievements and activities for your professional future.
The WTAMU Career Services' staff will work with you to discover options, whether you want to explore careers and internships, hone your job search skills, create resumes, or practice for interviews. And we can address a variety of personal issues that may impact your career. You're encouraged to work with our diverse staff of professional career counselors, use assessments to help you clarify career and graduate school interests, prepare for graduate or professional school, and explore internships and international opportunities.
Veterans will be able to explore valuable networking opportunities with employers at our Career Fairs, Employer Information Sessions, networking receptions, and participate in on campus interviews for internship and full time positions. Career Services also offers career focused events, online job and internship listings through BuffJobs.
Tips for Veterans:
- Begin working with Career Services as soon as you arrive at WTAMU! Don't wait until you graduate.
- Activate your BuffJobs account.
- Set-up an appointment with one of our career counselors for assistance in choose or confirming your majors.
- Attend Career Services' resume workshops to learn how to put together a resume that will get you an interview.
- Get involved in WTAMU's internship program where you will work in your field before you graduate.
- Participate in all the programs that Career Services hosts such as the job shadow program, employer information sessions, mock interviews, job fairs and networking receptions.
- Career Command Post: A great resource for those making the transition from military to civilian life.
- Careers in National Defense: Department of Defense (DoD) opportunities for veterans, transition assistance program, rights and privileges.
- G.I. Jobs: Search jobs, education opportunities, transition checklist, job fair calendar, civilian career guide for military job-seekers.
- HireVetsFirst: Comprehensive career website for hiring veterans of America's military.
- Department of Veterans Affairs: Internet home page for the VA
- Learn How To Become: Veterans guide to getting hired.
- Military.com: The largest military veteran job board in the world
- MilitaryHire.com:Hiring network where formal military personnel can seek careers and utilize their professional skills.
- Military to Civilian Occupation Translator: The Military to Civilian Occupation Translator helps service members match military skills and experience to civilian occupations
- NextOpVet: Serves our nation’s hardworking veterans by providing career placement assistance, mentorship, and support in their transition into industry with a particular focus on energy and Houston
- Skills To Work: Texas Workforce Solutions' web site that helps vets apply their military experiences to specific job marketable skills.
- Texas Veterans Commission: The Texas Veterans Commission provides services through agency programs of claims assistance, employment services and education that will significantly improve the quality of life of Texas veterans and their families.
- The Riley Guide: Comprehensive web site for job search tips and resources for vets.
- Transition Assistance Online: Resources, links and job postings geared toward veterans of the US Armed Forces.
- Texas Workforce Solutions: Job posting service for employers which allows employers vets to have access to the job postings several days before the general public sees them. Employers can also post job for bests only.
- Troops to Teachers: 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.
- Vet Center: Readjustment Counseling Services
- Vet Central: JobCentral National Labor Exchange is provided by leading U.S. employers in alliance with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) as a public service. Resources include employment, career tools, self-help resources, and more.
- VetJobs: Leading Internet niche job board for reaching military veterans currently in the work force, active duty military personnel who transition each year into the work force, members of the National Guard who return to the US each year from extended deployment, and their family members.
- Veterans' Employment & Training Service (VETS): U.S. Department of Labor web site. Provides resources and expertise to assist veterans obtain meaningful careers, maximize their employment opportunities and protect their employment rights
- Veteran's Information Guide: From the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, this site has resources for Civil Service Employment and Veterans.
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program: Services offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
- West Texas A&M University's Veterans Benefits: Web site developed by the Office of the Registrar to provide information relevant to WTAMU.