These are best job resources for veterans in metro Atlanta

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These are best job resources for veterans in metro Atlanta

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Deborah Cannon
TSA Honor Guard Sergeant Yahaira Vargas salutes members of Honor Flight Austin as they turn toward their gate at Austin Bergstrom International Airport on Friday, October 07, 2016. Honor Flight Austin is taking their first all-women veterans' flight to visit memorials in Washington, DC. Honor Flight Austin is a non-profit organization created to honor veterans by transporting them to visit their war memorials. Honor Flight Austin serves veterans residing within Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis and Williamson Counties. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN

Throughout metro Atlanta, hundreds of employers are registered as "veteran friendly." Numerous organizations exist to help veterans in a career transition. Here is a snapshot of what's available. 

For veterans wanting to make a difference for fellow veterans, this may be the ticket. Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia is looking to fill three openings in Atlanta - a supportive housing case manager, job developer and program manager. Each of the positions are full-time gigs with varying levels of experience. For more information, visit the website

Orion International is a recruiting services, which allows organizations to attract, hire, develop and retain veterans and military talent. Orion only holds around 75 hiring conferences a year, and each conference features positions throughout that region of the country. The metro Atlanta conference will transpire over the course of two days on July 25-26. While the event is free, it is by invitation only. If you would like the chance to interview with hiring managers for positions that are a match with your background, skills, and preferences, sign up here.

Over the next six weeks, Troops to Teachers will be holding seminars across the state, encouraging soldiers to "serve again." This organization holds true to its name, assisting military personnel in transition. In addition to information posted online, interested contact the organization's representatives here

This organization has one mission: help veterans find work in Georgia. It lists 221 employers committed to hiring veterans, and a vast majority of employers are located in metro Atlanta including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Georgia Department of Labor

GDOL offers a number of services to help military personnel find their place within the metro Atlanta workforce. Part of that includes offering one-on-one free counseling with a veteran specialist at any of the GDOL's 44 career centers. Veteran specialists work specifically with veterans and employers, matching both parties employment needs.

In addition, EmployGeorgia.com is a website created by the GDOL to help state residents find work. It offers specialized services for military personnel in particular. Through various computer prompts members of the military are able to translate how their experience, skills and service can benefit a private sector employer.

The GDOL also lists a number of Veterans Employment Initiatives on its website, which include: Hero2Hired, an effort which pairs veterans with military-friendly companies and Vets to Cops, a program that assists veterans in finding opportunities in law enforcement.

Specialty job boards

Military.com offers a number of resources, including a job board and military-to-civilian transition support. The website reaches a national audience but prompts the user to enter location information to tailor the search to an exact city and state. Another job board with opportunities for veterans looking for work in Atlanta is HireVeterans.com.

Georgia Tech Professional Education is collaborating with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) to offer an online entry-level course for veterans transitioning from the military to corporate life. There is enough funding available to waive tuition for up to 7,000 soldiers. The short online course, "VET2101," is based on "Boots to Loafers, Finding Your True North," by retired Lt. Col. John W. Phillips. Phillips currently collaborates with the Military Program, (VET2), offered through Georgia Tech Professional Education, and his book is required reading for students enrolled. Registration is available at here.

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