Employment for Veterans
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Employment for Veterans

Wisconsin is a great place for veterans to find a job or start a new career. Our employers understand the value that veterans bring to the workforce, and many businesses across the state are actively recruiting veteran applicants for their work ethic and skills. Let the Department of Workforce Development help you achieve your employment and training goals.

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Job Center of Wisconsin: Where Talent & Opportunity Meet – In-Person & Online

Conveniently located across the state, Wisconsin's Job Centers offer employment assistance to employers and job seekers, including priority of service for veterans. Many employers find talent to fill current job openings by connecting with thousands of job seekers who visit Job Centers daily. Contact your local Job Center to access career development services, education and training opportunities, assistance with searching for jobs and interview and resume preparation and more.

All veterans receive Priority of Service at Wisconsin Job Centers. Veterans receive priority for programs and products operated through the Job Centers including early entry to Career Fairs, exclusive access to job postings on JCW for the first 24 hours of posting and federal adult and dislocated worker programs.

Logon to JobCenterofWisconsin.com (JCW) to access Wisconsin's online public labor exchange that connects veterans with employers at no cost. Features help you:

  • Quickly and easily identify yourself as a veteran and job candidate to employers
  • Research the transferrable skills between military and civilian jobs
  • Build resumes based on skills to expand your search for jobs
  • Use enhanced tools and MyLMI widgets to access and save integrated labor market information

Wisconsin State Government Seeks Qualified Veterans for Employment: It is the goal of Governor Walker's Council on Veterans Employment to increase the number of qualified veterans employed in state service.

The Wisconsin State Government has special hiring tools in place to help ensure that all qualified veterans have a greater chance of being considered and interviewed for state jobs. Find all Wisconsin State Government jobs online at Wisc.Jobs.

In addition, qualified veterans may be considered for state agency jobs without having to compete or take a civil service assessment, if you are a veteran who: has served in the armed forces, have a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more, and are not currently employed in a permanent position with the State of Wisconsin. Complete these steps in order to determine your eligibility:

  1. Register or update you profile on JobCenterofWisconsin.com
  2. Select "My Account" and upload your DD214/DD215 and VA-issued disability rating letter
  3. Select "Update Military Service Info" to ensure your veteran information is up to date
  4. You will be contacted by email regarding your eligibility and provided information on the next steps

Contact MAAJobs@dwd.wisconsin.gov with questions

To learn more about Wisconsin State Government job opportunities and application processes, please contact a Local Veterans Employment Representative at MAAJobs@dwd.wisconsin.gov

WisConnect: Veterans who are college students find internships on WisConnect, a free online resource that matches college students with internships by location, college major and key skills. Sign in to develop a profile and search for internships.

Office of Veteran Employment Services (OVES)

OVES helps veterans advance in the workforce through a full range of effective employment services and targeted business engagement. The program makes available two key staff teams to help veterans achieve their employment goals:

  • Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) conduct outreach to employers and business associations and engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for veterans and encourage the hiring of disabled veterans.
  • Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists provide intensive services to meet the needs of service-connected disabled veterans and other eligible with emphasis directed toward serving those who have barriers to employment such as economically or educationally disadvantaged, special disabled, homeless, or other eligible barriers. DVOPs work one-on-one with veterans to conduct comprehensive assessments, develop individual employment plans and offer an array of employment and training solutions.

Find a Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER)

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Contact your LVER to recruit veteran job seekers, identify transferrable skills between military and civilian occupations, access incentives for hiring veterans and more.

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Success Story

"Connecting with the Office of Veterans Employment Services was a blessing that most veterans aren't fortunate enough to have so early in their transition," said US Army veteran Marcus Perez. "All veterans need to visit their Wisconsin Job Center for program assistance. It's such a game changer."

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Training Solutions

On-the-Job Training: Veteran new hires and prospective workers may qualify for on-the-job training solutions and work experiences to improve retention results. Employers may apply for reimbursement to cover a portion of the training costs.

Wisconsin Apprenticeship: Veterans seek Registered Apprenticeships to earn good-paying, family-supporting wages as they gain high-demand occupational skills. Pursue training using your Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill and Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation benefits. A veteran's length of service also determines if survivors and dependents may be eligible under Chapter 35 – Survivors and Dependents Assistance. Contact your local Apprenticeship Training Representative to learn more.

Wisconsin Apprenticeship and partners make available these pre-apprenticeship programs to help veterans, returning veterans and National Guard members obtain the basic skills needed to start rewarding careers:

  • Combat to Construction: An 8-week heavy equipment operator training program sponsored by Operating Engineers Local 139, including:
    • 2 weeks of classroom learning at the Operating Engineers training facility in Coloma, WI
    • 6 weeks of on-the-job learning with a union employer in a participant's home region
  • Veterans in Piping: An 18-week pipe trades training program sponsored by the Wisconsin Pipe Trades Association, including:
    • 6 weeks of classroom learning at participating union facilities across Wisconsin
    • 12 weeks of on-the-job learning with employers from the participant's preferred union training facility or home region

Wisconsin Entrepreneurship Grant Program: Coordinated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, grants are available to registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) non-profit organizations that provide training, technical, business or other assistance to veteran entrepreneurs to improve employment outcomes.

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Hiring Incentives and Tax Credits: Employers qualify for hiring incentives and tax credits when promoting workforce diversity and facilitating access to good jobs by hiring veterans with barriers to employment. Examples include:

  • Wisconsin Veterans Employment Grant Program: Coordinated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, employers may receive up to $5,000 in funding over a 12-month period when they hire qualifying veterans.
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): Employers can access this federal income tax credit to help unemployed veterans gain on-the-job work experiences and achieve better employment outcomes.

Skill Explorer: Veterans use this tool to look beyond job titles to match skills and training with civilian jobs and careers, opening doors to new opportunities.

USERRA: Understand an employer's responsibility with regards to reserve and active duty employees.

WisConomy: Offers powerful, easy-to-use tools to help veterans and businesses research economic and labor market data and make informed employment decisions. Create personalized reports and visualizations using the most current data available in Wisconsin to learn about the local labor pool; examine wages and long-term employment projections by industry and occupation; and help determine career goals.

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