Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) Certified Veteran-Friendly Employers

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) recognizes employers that commit to military veteran recruitment, training and retention practices by awarding those employers Gold, Silver and Bronze level status as MVAA Certified Veteran-Friendly Employers.

If you are seeking employment, please visit the individual company websites for available positions or MiTalent.org.

Veterans Employment Center (VEC)

The Veterans Employment Center™ (VEC) connects Veterans and their families with meaningful employment and career-development opportunities.

We support you in all stages of your job search—from returning to work with a service-connected disability, to getting more training for new job opportunities, to starting or growing your own business. And, we can connect you with Department of Labor resources for more career advice, help build your resume, and provide access to employers who want to hire Veterans and military spouses. Find out how you can get the help you need to build your career and find the right job or business opportunity for you. 


Veteran Employment in Michigan: Where to Begin

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) was developed to serve as the central coordinating point, connecting those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families to services and benefits throughout the state. Staying true to our mission, MVAA is committed to connecting Michigan employers with veteran talent and reducing barriers to employment, such as skills translation and identifying the right talent for the opportunity.

Veteran Employment in Michigan Pamphlet

Handshake (formerly LakerJobs)

Handshake is a powerful online resource connecting GVSU students & alumni to top employers and career resources, and employers to top GVSU candidates.

Whether you are looking for an internship, a part-time job or to land in your first destination, Handshake can help!  As you interact more frequently with the system, it learns your needs to deliver more current and relevant content directly to your feed. Check back often, as new opportunities are constantly being added.

Click here for more information about Handshake.

Student Veterans of America (SVA) Job Portal

Welcome to SVA’s Job Portal, your one-stop shop for finding the most up to date source of employment opportunities - a partnership between SVA and the National Labor Exchange. Unlike other employment search engines, this network allows you to enter your military occupation code or title and a preferred geographic location for matching opportunities.  Whether you are seeking part-time employment to supplement your income, an internship to add experience to your resume, or ready to start a new career, this site can assist you.

Visit the SVA Job Portal at https://studentveteransofamerica.jobs/ 

Career-One-Stop Veteran and Military Transition Center

Do you want to put your military experience to work in a civilian career?

Tell us your military job, and CareerOneStop Military to Civilian Occupation Translator will match it to civilian careers that use similar skills and find job openings for those careers in your local area.

Get started by entering your military job title or MOC, as well as the location where you'd like to find work.

If you already know the type of job you want to search for, and don't need to match your military skills to a career, visit the Veteran and Military Transition Center's Veterans Job Finder

O*NET Resource Center

The O*NET Program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated from input by a broad range of workers in each occupation.

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

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How ESGR Can Help

ESGR understands the unique talents and skill set Guard and Reserve Service members can bring to the civilian workforce. To make this arrangement work, both parties must be aware of their rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). ESGR is here to help! With an ESGR committee in each state, territory, and the District of Columbia, there is an ESGR representative able to help you forge a stronger bond with your supervisor through a greater understanding of your military service.

ESGR's hope is by creating a culture in which all American employers value the military service of their employees, we will limit any issues between employers and Service members. When issues do arise, ESGR offers free, neutral mediation and information on what the law requires.

ESGR’s Customer Service Center is available to answer USERRA questions or refer cases to a trained Ombudsman. Contact the Customer Service Center Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays) from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (ET):



The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) is a Federal law that establishes rights and responsibilities for uniformed Service members and their civilian employers. 

USERRA is a Federal law intended to ensure that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, Reserve, National Guard, or other uniformed Services: (1) are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service; (2) are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty; and (3) are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service.

USERRA protects the job rights of individuals who voluntarily or involuntarily leave employment positions to perform service in the uniformed Services, to include certain types of service in the National Disaster Medical System and the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service.

USERRA affects employment, reemployment, and retention in employment, when employees serve in the uniformed Services. USERRA also prohibits employers from discriminating against past and present members of the uniformed Services and applicants to the uniformed Services.

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