The NYC Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) empowers New York City's veteran community to foster purpose-driven lives. Central to this mission is our commitment to serving veterans who are looking for meaningful employment and opportunities to advance economically. DVS ensures that transitioning veterans receive access to the resources they need to start a new career in NYC.
Connect to employment services by filling out the VetConnectNYC form and selecting "Employment" as your preferred service:
Request Services on VetConnectNYC
See below for veteran-specific job boards, vocational training programs, career fair listings, professional mentorship opportunities, and other employment resources:
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- NYC Civil Service Exams: DVS has collaborated with the NYC Department Citywide Administrative Services to make it easier for Veterans and Veteran spouses to join the ranks of the City's workforce. Veterans thinking about becoming a New York City firefighter, police officer, or any other municipal worker can now take every civil service exam for free! And Veteran spouses will be entitled to a one-time waiver of the application fee required to apply for the City of New York's civil service examinations! Those who qualify and are interested can register for the City of New York's civil service examinations through its Online Application System (OASys). Certain exams are offered online and others are offered in-person. The City’s Computer-based Testing and Application Centers (CTACs), available in all five boroughs, are available to register for exams and to take certain exams. To learn more about careers in city government and upcoming civil service exams, visit nyc.gov/dcas.
- NYS State Civil Service Exams: Veterans who have used non-disabled veteran credits for a Civil Service appointment or promotion and who were/are subsequently certified as being disabled veterans by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs are eligible for additional credits on subsequent appointments or promotion. Such candidates shall be entitled to 10 additional credits on civil service examinations, minus the number of credits already used for the prior appointment. Learn more about NYS Civil Service Exams.
Criteria for veteran credits or additional veterans credit go to veterans who:
- Show proof of an honorable discharge and/or
- Used non-disabled veterans credits to obtain a civil service appointment or promotion with New York State or a local government; and
- Subsequent appointments are determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to be a qualified disabled veteran, as defined in the New York State Civil Service Law
Employment Support for Veterans with Disabilities
- Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E), formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, offers employment support and independent living services to service members and veterans with disabilities that were caused, or made worse, by their active duty service. Veterans must meet all of the requirements listed below for eligibility:
- did not receive a dishonorable discharge, and
- have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from VA
- The NYS Veterans with Disabilities Employment Program (55-c) authorizes 500 positions to be filled with qualified wartime Veterans with disabilities. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for the position but are not required to take an examination. A letter of certification of a service-connected disability rating of 10% or higher from the U.S. Veterans Administration (U.S. VA) will be requested. Any veteran who has received the Purple Heart medal or who has a disability rating assigned by the U.S. VA of at least 10 percent is automatically eligible.
If you already have a 55-c Letter of Eligibility (LOE) and would like to use the Recruitment Resource Center as a job seeker, please visit the Civil Service website.
Eligible veterans are not guaranteed state employment and are not placed on a hiring list.
- VetConnectPro: DVS launched VetConnectPro, an employment tool designed to help NYC veterans find jobs and advance their careers. The site features a military skills translator, a dashboard with job postings from NYC agencies, information on civil service exams, and more. Check it out at nyc.gov/vetconnectpro.
- EmpireVets: EmpireVets is an employment tool for veterans looking for private sector job opportunities across the country.
- Small Business Jobs: Small businesses throughout New York City post job opportunities on NYC's Small Business Services job board.
- New York City Civil Service Jobs: Explore job opportunities in government on NYC's civil service job board.
- Jobs for People with Disabilities: NYC: AtWork is New York City's job board designed for people with disabilities.
- New York State Jobs: View the official New York state job board.
- Federal Jobs: Search and apply for federal jobs at USA Jobs.
- Private and Public Sector Jobs: Search private and public sector jobs at VetJobs.
- Remote and Tech Jobs: Search for remote jobs and jobs in tech at Uncubed.
- Media Jobs: Search for jobs in media Mediabistro.
- The VA's Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) provides up to 12 months of tuition, fees, and a monthly housing allowance to veterans who are enrolled in a training program for a high-demand job and are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. View our downloadable VRRAP one-pager to learn more about this program.
- The VA Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program is designed to assist veterans with service-connected disabilities to obtain suitable employment and/or achieve independent living goals.
- Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) program helps veterans interested in seaking a career in the tech industry. VET TEC pays tuition and fees, and also offers a housing allowance to use while you earn your certification.
- NYC Small Business Services Access Training offers training programs for in-demand occupations across sectors remotely and at different locations throughout the city.
- NYC Department for the Aging Senior Employment Program has placed New Yorkers over the age of 55 in jobs in data processing, administrative work, customer service, security services, airport services, home care, and more.
- New York Library Career Resources offers the following free virtual career services:
- The Spouse Education and Career Opportunity program provides military spouses with resources to create an academic plan, search for scholarships, develop their resumes, and find the right career.
- IVMF Onward to Opportunity (O2O) is a free career training program that provides professional certification and employee support services to transitioning veterans and military spouses.
- NPower's virtual Tech Fundamentals program is a free 6-month workshop that trains veterans, reservists, and military spouses in careers in technology.
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SBS Priority1 Services for veterans and their spouses are available at NYC Workforce1 Career Centers. Services include:
- Connecting veterans to employers committed to hiring veterans
- Instructing veterans about training, benefits, and other support services
- Translating military experience into skills for civilian jobs
- Connecting to other organizations for resources beyond employment
Eligibility Criteria include: