Military Skills Translator: Find a Job Based on Your Service Experience

The one-million-plus service members projected to leave the military between now and 2016 could go a long way toward filling the shortage of qualified workers in the construction industry. But how does military experience translate to the private sector? While some skills are easily transferable, others, like infantry or combat experience, may be tougher to leverage.

That's where Military Skills Translator tools come in. Now offered by many prospective employers, these online tools allow service members to input their military occupation code (MOC) and receive an instant list of open positions that match their various skills and attributes. These tools can totally change the job-seeking experience for veterans, helping them to find employment matches that may not be immediately obvious.

Construction can be a natural fit for men and women transitioning from military to civilian life, and the construction industry offers high wages and competitive benefits.

United Rentals is among G.I. Jobs' Top 100 Military-Friendly Companies, and earned a spot on the Best for Vets: Employers for 2014 list by MilitaryTimes.com. In fact, one of the company's most successful recruitment channels is a veteran work-study program sponsored through Workforce Opportunity Service Technicians, now known as STEP (Service to Employment Program). Implemented in 2013, the 12-week program sends veterans through work rotations at local United Rentals branches after intense technical training, offering permanent positions to qualified graduates.

United Rentals also provides pay during active duty deployments for employees who serve in the uniformed services, and supports reserve training commitments. Job protection is provided for service members and eligible family members during an active leave or medical leave.

This dedication to recruiting qualified veterans extends to the United Rentals Military Skills Translator Tool, an easy-to-use job search engine that filters results by military title, position title and location. Check it out at UR-Veterans.jobs.