Lt. Governor Brown Launches First-in-the-Nation Web Portal To Connect Veterans With Federal Jobs

On April 26, 2011, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown joined Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Ed Chow and transitioning veterans at Prince George’s Community College to officially launch the Mil2FedJobs Web portal. The portal, located on the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWEjobs.maryland.gov), is the first of its kind in any state to directly match transitioning servicemembers with careers in the Federal Government.

“It is our duty to serve those who have so bravely served their country, and the innovative Mil2FedJobs site is one more way to ensure that Maryland’s veterans have the support they deserve,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Our one-of-a-kind website will help servicemen and women find federal job opportunities that best match their skills. With the positions coming to our state through the Base Realignment and Closure process, we have a unique opportunity in Maryland to connect veterans with thousands of high quality jobs. It is unacceptable that so many brave Americans are unable to find work, so I am proud that Maryland continues to lead the way in efforts to reduce unemployment among young veterans.”

While veterans have an array of skills and vast training, many struggle to understand how their military experience can translate into the professional civilian environment. The Mil2FedJobs portal uses veterans’ military occupational codes (MOC) to query federal openings that match their qualifications on the USAJOBS Web tool. In part because of the large number of vacancies posted on USAJOBS, navigating the site without a tool like Mil2FedJobs can often be an overwhelming task for a first-time federal applicant. In addition, Mil2FedJobs allows civilian hiring managers to identify specific military occupations that share attributes with specific jobs in their agencies.

The Maryland Department of Labor and the portal’s development team collected and coded occupational definitions from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to provide key terms for occupational matches. The development team also worked closely with veteran hiring managers, One Stop Employment Center staff and local veterans’ employment representatives to test the portal’s usability. Research conducted during the portal’s development stages identified 715 specific federal occupations and more than 1,800 military occupations. On average, each MOC can be matched to seven federal occupations, and 80 percent of federal occupations can be matched to at least one MOC.

The Mil2FedJobs portal was developed by the Maryland Department of Labor Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service to help connect transitioning veterans with the tens of thousands of federal jobs moving to Maryland because of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). The portal was also designed to help federal agencies located in Maryland comply with President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13518, which directs federal agencies to increase recruitment of veterans.

More information can be found at http://www.governor.maryland.gov/ltgovernor/pressreleases/110426.asp.