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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Services for Veterans

The Employment Development Department (EDD) assists veterans and their eligible spouses maximize their employment and training opportunities. Veterans are entitled to many resources designed to help in their search for employment.  (Veterans Are a Priority Tri-fold Informational Brochure)

The EDD veterans’ representatives specialize in assisting veterans in their efforts to return to work and are located in many local EDD offices. Services provided include a veteran 24-hour priority hold on all job listings, customized job search assistance, job fairs, employer recruitments, and other events and resources.

Veterans are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an EDD veterans’ representative for personalized services and assistance to achieve professional goals.

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  • Veteran Eligibility
    The EDD service eligibility requirements for veterans are defined.
  • EDD Office Locator
    Each local office has a veteran representative who is available to work with you.
    California’s internet system for linking employer job listings and job seeker résumés.
  • Unemployment Insurance (UI)
    The UI program provides workers, who lose their jobs through no fault of their own, with weekly UI payments. Former service personnel may be eligible for UI benefits.
  • Job Fairs and Workshops
    Locate job fairs and workshops for veterans in your area.
  • Veterans are a Priority
    The EDD puts veterans first by offering job referrals, no fee employment services, a dedicated field veterans program staff, special assistance programs, and more.

Veterans often have an established record of reliability, discipline, resilience, and willingness to learn new skills that are applicable to a variety of fields. Their military experience, skills, and specialized training can be matched to number of desirable qualifications sought by employers, making veterans already ready and able to work.

  • Employers: If your business has an open position, visit CalJOBSSM (California‘s online labor exchange system) select "Find a Candidate" then select “Yes” from the “Veteran” dropdown menu option. You will be surprised by the pool of highly qualified individuals ready to step in and help you succeed.

  • Veterans: Let CalJOBSSM help you translate your military skills into something civilian employers can understand and appreciate in just three simple steps:
    • Step 1: Visit CalJOBSSM ; and select “Find a Job”
    • Step 2: Use the link under the “Search” button, next to the U.S. Flag to enter your military occupation.
    • Step 3: Under the “Military Occupational Specialty” section, select the options to begin your search.

Veterans will be directed to employers with job openings that match their military experience.

  • O*Net Online
    Tool for career exploration and job analysis.
  • Homeless Veterans
    The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a variety of resources, programs, and benefits to end veteran homelessness.
  • Veterans Crisis Line
    The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring responders from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Survivor Benefits
    Support for the surviving spouses and dependents of military personnel who died while in active military service and to the survivors of veterans who died after active service.