Military transition is difficult enough when returning to civilian life.  Imagine what that translates to when it comes to employment search.  Do you know what your Military Occupation Specialty/Military Occupation Code (MOS/MOC) translate to in a civilian job?  Have you gone through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) before you left the military?  Have you ever talked to a civilian recruiter or an HR manager and get that deer in the headlights look?

Life after the military gets a little overwhelming in the first year or two, but transition to a civilian job shouldn’t be one of them.  There are many veteran friendly agencies that can help, beyond the Transition Assistance Program (TAP).  They understand the difficulties of translating your MOS to a resume that any headhunter can understand.

Career One Stop is a great source for career exploration, training, and jobs.  Here, you can find how to match your MOS/MOC with a comparable civilian job.  Just click on the Veterans Job Finder, enter your military job title and your location and it will find a match for you.

Nearly 2,500 nationwide American Job Centers (AJCs), maintained by Career One Stop, can help you look for work, provide you with career development training opportunities, computer access, help your resume shine and find answers to other employment-related questions.  You can find your local center by visiting their American Job Center Finder and entering your location or a zip code.

California has 121 job centers stating that they have veteran representatives on site.  18 are within the heart of Silicon Valley.  Here are the 13 of the 18 that have contacts for you to connect with:

North San Jose America`s Job Center of California
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   408-216-6053 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:      john.borelli@edd.ca.gov
Veterans Representative #2 Phone:   408-216-6115 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #2 E-mail Address:      raymond.creech@edd.ca.gov

AJCC – Oakland (Oakland Airport Corporation Center)
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   510-564-0516 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:      ivan.roena@edd.ca.gov
Veterans Representative #2 Phone:   510-564-0509 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #2 E-mail Address:      robert.mccockran@edd.ca.gov
Veterans Representative #3 Phone:   510-564-0510 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #3 E-mail Address:      jdavis3@edd.ca.gov

America`s Job Center of California – EASTBAY Works
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   (925) 602-3993 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:     Justin.Brombacher@edd.ca.gov

San Benito County One-Stop Career Center
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   408-216-6115 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:      emma.falk@edd.ca.gov
Veterans Representative #2 Phone:   408-216-6041 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #2 E-mail Address:      raymond.creech@edd.ca.gov

EASTBAY Works RichmondWORKS
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   510-970-7337 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:      adam.mcclure@edd.ca.gov

America`s Job Center of California – Fremont
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   510-794-3669 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:      Patrick.Keenan@edd.ca.gov
Veterans Representative #2 Phone:   510-794-3669 (office)
Veterans Rep. #2 E-mail Address:      Fred.Koenig@edd.ca.gov
Veterans Representative #3 Phone:   510-794-3669 (office)
Veterans Rep. #3 E-mail Address:      Daniel.Kennerk@edd.ca.gov

Menlo Park Workforce Services Office – AJCC
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:  650-688-6335 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:    Charles.Tate@edd.ca.gov

Work 2 Future San Jose Job Center
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:  408-794-1100 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:    gary.wash@work2futurefoundation.org

Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center-Dublin
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   925-560-9431 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:     Fred.Koenig@edd.ca.gov

Capitola Career Center – America`s Job Center of California
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:  831-464-6286 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:     charles.castrovinci@edd.ca.gov
Veterans Representative #2 Phone:  831-464-6286 (office)
Veterans Rep. #2 E-mail Address:     Jacob.Retz@edd.ca.gov

Goodwill Central Coast Career Center
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:  831-423-8611 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:     asmith@workforcescc.com

Alameda One Stop Career Center / America’s Job Center of California
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   510-748-2208 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:     robert.mccockran@edd.ca.gov

EDD Workforce Services – San Francisco Civic Center
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:  415-749-7503 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:    Johnnie.Stanton@edd.ca.gov
Veterans Representative #2 Phone:  415-749-7503 (office)
Veterans Rep. #2 E-mail Address:    Teri.Markus@edd.ca.gov

If you prefer to do things on your own, here are 3 that offer self-help resources.

Career OneStop Veteran and Military Transition Center Veteran and Military Transition Center is a one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service.

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Everyone has preferences when it comes to job/career management.  The choice is yours.  Take that next step towards living your best life.

Your Turn:

Did you find the nearest Job Center for you?

Have you visited any of these locations?  What did you or didn’t you like about it?

How can Know A Vet help simplify your military career transition?

 

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