Be Connected: Career Navigation

Connecting service members, veterans & their family members
to meaningful careers and opportunities.

Looking for a new career path? Are you unemployed or underemployed? Would you like to develop your skills and knowledge to increase your income potential?

Our Be Connected: Career Navigation team is here to help match you, your spouse and your family members to the right career opportunity. We have helped service members, veterans and family members just like you make a career change, rejoin the workforce and find their next opportunity to serve. For more information on the full range of Career Navigation services offered at no cost, view details below or call the 1-866-4AZVETS (429-8387) to connect with our team!

 

 

Career counseling · Interview preparation · Resume coaching

Matching to AVSEs · SkillBridge placement

 

 

Career Navigation is a component of the Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment–a statewide plan that engages public and private sector organizations in an effort to connect service members, veterans and their family members to gainful employment opportunities, professional development and training opportunities and resources. 

Did you know there are over 200 Arizona Veteran Supportive Employers? These are public and private sector employers that have made an extra effort to train and equip their organization to recruit, hire, retain and grow military-affiliated employees. View a current list of AVSEs by clicking here.

 

AVSEs gather for a recognition event just before the COVID-19 shut down (photo by Ashley Schulte).

 

The goals of Career Navigation include: 

  • Job seekers and employees have access to information and support resources for their job search and career progression.
  • Employment service providers are equipped with the training, contacts and resources to effectively assist job seekers with job search and barriers.
  • Employers know the value of these employees, how to connect to this pool of job seekers and can effectively capitalize on and retain employees.

 

 

How do I get involved?

Regardless of what phase you are in–whether you are preparing to exit the military, a military spouse that is navigating life after arriving to Arizona or an employer that is seeking to engagement with the state’s greatest talent pool, the Career Navigation team is ready to assist. From resume coaching, interview preparation and career counseling to military/veteran culture training and understanding the transitioning veteran in the civilian workplace, there is a program component for you!

 

SkillBridge – SkillBridge is a Department of Defense authorized program that allows service members with command approval to complete internships at approved civilian companies within the last six months of their military service. Service members continue to receive military pay and benefits as if they were actively working within their unit. The Arizona Coalition for Military Families coordinates a statewide SkillBridge program under a Memorandum of Understanding between military installations, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Coalition. Under the MOU, the Coalition engages Arizona Veteran Supportive Employers to develop SkillBridge opportunities and provides support to candidates from inside and outside Arizona to match to SkillBridge opportunities and access supportive services.

SkillBridge Service Member Inquiry Form

 

Arizona Veteran Supportive Employer (AVSE) – The AVSE program is a voluntary designation earned by public and private sector employers who equip their workplaces to more effectively recruit, hire and retain veterans. For employers interested in participating or for those who have already gone through the process to earn the designation, the Arizona Coalition for Military Families provides support, training and technical assistance at no cost.

AVSE Application

 

Career Navigation – If you are a service member, veteran or family member or helping someone seek employment, are underemployed, looking to make a career change, or recently relocated to Arizona and are interested in joining the workforce. Please fill out our Career Navigation Inquiry form, and our Career Navigation team will help.

Career Navigation Inquiry Form

For more information, connection to resources or any questions you may have,
contact the Be Connected support line at 1-866-4AZ-VETS (429-8387).

 

Career Navigation is provided in partnership and coordination with the Arizona Department of Veteran’s Services, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity and the Arizona@Work state workforce system.