Finding a Job

Many agencies in Maine have banded together to make it easier for veterans and service members to find employment.

Veteran Employment in State Government

In April 2016, Governor LePage signed into law an act that enhances the veteran preference in hiring for State jobs.  Changes enacted by the "Act to Reform the Veteran Preference in State Hiring and Retention" include:

  • Creating a hiring preference where every veteran who applies for a job with the State of Maine – and meets the minimum requirements for that job -  is guaranteed an interview
  • Expanding the pool of eligibility to service members who have been discharged under Other Than Honorable Conditions in the veteran hiring preference
  • Extending the veteran hiring preference for State of Maine jobs to Gold Star spouses

Please continue to visit our website for more news and updates about the veteran hiring preference.

Easing the Professional Licensing Process for Veterans

The State also offers accelerated licensing opportunities for veterans who have military experience in the areas of:

  • Boiler
  • Electrical
  • Fuel
  • Plumbing

Please click here to learn more about the Maine Occupational Licensing Initiative for veterans and for more details about acquiring an accelerated license in Maine.

Showcasing Veterans and Service Members to Employers

In September of 2015, the Maine Department of Labor, in conjunction with the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services and many other partner agencies, launched the "Maine Hire a Vet" campaign with the goal of enrolling 100 employers to hire 100 veterans across 100 days.

The campaign featured workshops for employers on how to recruit and hire veterans and a weekly "Veteran Showcase", which spotlighted a particular veteran's skill set and career aspirations that was sent to all participating employers.

The 2015 campaign far exceeded its goals: 135 employers participated, hiring 261 veterans, across all 16 counties, at an average wage of $17.89 per hour.

The 2016 campaign was even more successful: 147 employers participated, hiring 197 veterans at an average of $22.23 per hour.

Keep up to date on the 2017 campaign at Maine Hire a Vet and contact Maine's Hero2Hired program if you'd like to be featured in an upcoming "Veteran Showcase".

Hero2Hired also features many services to help Guard and Reserve members find jobs.  You can register for jobs at the Hero2Hired link, as well as find details on the program's services, including career exploration tools, military-to-civilian skills translations, and training resources.

Connecting Veteran Job-Seekers to Opportunities

At all of Maine's Career Centers, there are veteran employment representatives who help vets with all aspects of job searching, such as:

  • Translating your military experience into an effective resume
  • Networking to build your roster of contacts and find job opportunities
  • Presenting your best case in an interview

For more help with your job search and to be connected to employment opportunities, please find your nearest veteran employment representative here.

For more information regarding employment opportunities, please visit the Maine Career Center Website