Veterans and military spouses have unique skills that set them apart from the crowd, but many companies don’t appreciate the value of these talents during the hiring process. It’s a different story at USAA. Because we exclusively serve the military community, we go the extra mile to seek out those who have first-hand understanding of our members’ experiences. And it comes with great pay and benefits that help you build your future.
Start translating your skills
Whether you’ve served in the military or you’re a military spouse, we can help match your experience to USAA jobs – almost instantly. The more you tell us about yourself and your background, the more accurate results we can provide.
Top factors to consider during your transition
Starting your transition will feel like entering unknown territory. Over 70% of military veterans shared the same sentiment, the good news is that you can take proactive steps to streamline the process. Although every military veteran goes through transition, every transition will be different.
The military runs on a consistent process, your transition should do the same. Set aside time to understand your long-term career goals and the steps you should take to accomplish them. Reflect on the choices you’ve made during service, how they will impact your future life, and take stock of the resources you have available.
TIP: Identify your passion
Not sure where to start on your goals? Explore industries and roles that interest you and what education you may need to pursue to make those opportunities possible.
Military veterans who have gone through transition can act as valuable mentors during your job hunt. Who can you connect with? Consider reaching out to veterans who have served with you in the past or introduce yourself through professional networking websites like LinkedIn. You can also meet mentors through smaller, more specialized organizations like America Corporate Partners (ACP), Veterati, USO, Hiring our Heroes, and FourBlock.
Transition means more than starting a civilian career. You’ll also reconnect with the everyday commitments of civilian life, which can call for restructuring how you see yourself and everyone around you. It’s natural to feel like you need more time. Remember, over 50% of military veterans say that their skills did not align with their first position.
TIP: Join the Talent Network
With the Talent Network, you’ll receive updates on job alerts for careers that interest you. It’s a great opportunity to keep track of open positions and understand what’s available.
One of the greatest challenges military veterans face when transitioning is explaining their skills to an audience that may not understand them. You’ll need to unlearn the jargon you picked up during service so that recruiters and future co-workers can understand what you bring to the table. For many employers, it’s not about what you did – but how you brought value to the group.
TIP: Target your resume
A resume is a tool. With it, you can deliver a digestible overview of your knowledge, skills, and abilities using key language found in the job posting description and requirements.
More than one person is involved in your transition. Your family, for example, will walk this path with you too. Communicate where you’re at with those you’re close with and prepare yourself for potential setbacks. They will happen, but if you stay the course, you’ll discover a career that best aligns with your skills and goals.
Helping veterans and spouses go further
At USAA, we go beyond just hiring. We also have programs specifically aimed at mentoring and developing veterans and military spouses.
Veteran Transition Leadership Development (VetsLeaD)
Newly hired veterans can participate in this one-year program focused on the personal, transitional, and business skills they need to function effectively in the corporate environment. You'll get the chance to connect with senior leaders and experts across our company for mentorship and help with your transition.
This employee resource group (ERG) is tailor-made just for veterans and military spouses. All across USAA, VETNET is fostering appreciation, understanding, and respect for military culture and our members.
A unique way to build a career
Hiring Our Heroes (HoH) Corporate Fellowship Program (CFP)
During the last six months of your military service, you can join the CFP in a host city around the country to start prepping for your next step. This 12-week program gives transitioning service members the skills they need to succeed in the civilian workforce.Learn more about CFP
Hiring Our Heroes (HoH) Military Spouse Fellowship Program (MSFP)
HoH is helping military spouses quickly build their networks and gain localized job experience. Over this six-week paid course, you’ll get key professional training, networking, and hands-on experience.Learn more about HoH and MSFP<
Partnerships that make all the difference
We’ve teamed up with organizations that share our appreciation for the values, skills and experiences of the military community. Below are just some of our collaborators. Note that their appearances do not imply endorsement or investment on the part of USAA.
Recognizing our teams
We’re proud of what we do for the military community – inside and outside our workplaces. Here’s just some of the applause we’ve received as a military employer.