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Website aims to connect vets, employers

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A new federal website is designed to connect veterans and service members with employers, and to help translate military skills into the civilian workforce.

The Veterans Employment Center brings together and simplifies the resources available to veterans, their spouses and public- and private-sector employers who want to hire veterans.

Those resources include a resume-builder, military skills translator, and detailed career and training resources, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, employers are able to search resumes to find veterans with skills applicable to civilian employment at their organization, and to track progress toward reaching their veteran-hiring goals. Resumes are visible to all employers with an active LinkedIn or Google profile.

The Department of Veterans Affairs worked with employers, the departments of Defense, Labor and Education and the Office of Personnel Management to design and develop the site and incorporate features of existing online government employment tools. The program is tied to the Joining Forces initiative headed by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

"Our service members haven't always had the time or information they needed to prepare their resumes, to plot their career goals, to meet with employers and get the jobs they deserve," Obama said in the news release. "And that's simply not acceptable."

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