Last week, we published part one of a career series designed to highlight positions with Hirepurpose partners that represent great opportunities in the top cities ranked as the best places for veterans to pursue new careers by USAA and the Hiring Our Heroes Program.

The list serves as an amazing guide for transitioning military members who are exploring the possibility of settling down in unfamiliar territory as they leave the service.

Learn more about how cities were ranked and see part one of the article here.

1. Portfolio assistant in St. Louis, Missouri

Not only does St. Louis have a great parks system and a vibrant foodie community, the city was also ranked number six on the list for its lower-than-average cost of living and highest dollar amount of defense contracts among the top 10 cities. Veterans who have a finance background as well as three years of experience forming and maintaining customer relationships will want to explore this opening with financial services firm, TIAA-CREFF. Competitive candidates will be comfortable interacting with high-level clients, have a familiarity with the trade and settlement process, and exhibit proficiency in both data entry and report building. TIAA-CREFF is known for its commitment to helping veterans find rewarding careers and offers an internal military and veterans resource group.

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2. Systems administrator in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Coming in at number seven on the best places for vets list, Virginia Beach is no stranger to the military community. With the second-highest veterans pay-rate increase and second-highest number of veteran-owned businesses of all the cities on the list, this city is filled with opportunity for transitioning service members. This systems administrator role with Robert Half is a perfect fit for veterans who served in occupational specialties such as information technology specialist, client systems specialist, or information technology officer. Candidates must have experience with Cisco, LAN/WAN, VMware, VOIP and have the ability to provide excellent customer support. As the world’s largest specialized staffing firm, Robert Half understands the value that veterans and their family members bring to the table and works with a variety of companies and industries to get former military members into the right roles.

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3. Sales support specialist in Cleveland, Ohio

If access to health services and above-average small business pay are at the top of your priority list then Cleveland, Ohio, the number eight city on the list, is absolutely worth looking into. Airgas, the nation’s largest distributor of welding, medical, and specialty gases is currently looking for a sales support specialist to join their Cleveland team. Airgas is proud to recruit veterans and their family members for their skills and is long-time sponsor of military assistance nonprofit Operation Homefront.

This support role is well suited to former soldiers, airmen, sailors or Marines who spent their military time in administrative positions such as administrative specialist, yeomen, logistics specialist, or administrative officer. Exceptional organizational, computer and people skills are required for consideration.

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4. Accounts receivable specialist in Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas, the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States, was ranked as the ninth best place for veterans to pursue a career in 2015. The city has the highest household income, largest amount of job growth, and a lower-than-average rate of veteran unemployment among the cities ranked on the list.

Transitioning service members who possess an associate’s degree and at least two years of experience in finance would should consider this accounts receivable opening with Mohawk Industries. As a leading global manufacturer and distributor of flooring products, Mohawk operates a robust veterans recruiting program and is known for its military-friendly culture. Former service members who have a knack for numbers, an analytical nature, are exceptionally resourceful, and who possess above-average computer skills would feel right at home in this role.

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5. Customer service team lead in San Antonio Texas

Rounding out the top 10 on the best places for veterans to pursue new careers is another Texas city: San Antonio. San Antonio ranked high as the place with the lowest cost of living among the top 10 and the highest when it came to growth in veteran wages. Transitioning military men and women who have outgoing personalities and at least one year of supervisory experience will make exceptional candidates for this position with Hospital Corporation of America. Military experience will be invaluable here as the job requires someone who can work under pressure, lead a team, solve complex customer issues and follow guidelines. HCA is dedicated to those who have served our country and fosters an environment of excellence that is highly compatible with the military culture.

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