Here are some private-sector job opportunities on TAP.
When Johnny (or Jenny) comes marching home, Uncle Sam wants them to march into the private workforce.
To help increase their odds of employment, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Defense and Veterans Affairs provide special transition programs.
The most extensive transition program is the Transition Assistance Program, a partnership program between the DOL, the DOD and the VA. The program is available to armed forces' members within 180 days of their return to civilian life.
The DOL also hosts more information about TAP on its Web site. Disabled veterans can also check out VetSuccess.gov, a Web site providing a broad range of information and support, including information about the Disabled Transition Assistance Program.
Job fairs with a military focus also try to match veterans with employers. The events occur both on- and off-base. TAOnline.com, a commercial Web site for transitioning military, posts a calendar of career fairs throughout 2009. Military.com, a division of online job board Monster.com, also has links to upcoming career fairs.
Another source of employment information for veterans is G.I. Jobs, a Coraopolis, Pa.-based jobs publication that focuses on careers for veterans.
Civilian military recruiters speak the lingo of returning military -- many of them are ex-military, themselves -- which can often help a prospective employer understand military-specific assets of a job candidate. Two of the larger civilian military recruiters are Orion International and CMC Technical Recruiters.