by Rachel Vilsack
There are many resources to help veterans. The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has been working with other state agencies, groups, and organizations to organize employment resources for veterans, especially returning servicemembers, into a concise plan of action.
Employment Resource Team Goes to Kuwait
In the first-of-its-kind event in the country, a team of nine civilian employment and education specialists from Minnesota traveled to Kuwait in March to provide training for Minnesota National Guard citizen-soldiers. An estimated 19 percent of the 2,700 servicemembers from the Minnesota National Guard 1st Brigade Combat Team currently in Kuwait will be unemployed and looking for new jobs when they return this summer.
The team included members from DEED, MnSCU, the National Guard, and several large Minnesota employers. The team helped soldiers review their resumes and conduct practice job interviews. In addition, some currently deployed soldiers are thinking about starting their own businesses upon their return and training was provided for that, as well. The goal of the mission was to provide soldiers the skills they need to secure a new job upon their return.
Veterans Seeking Employment Assistance
Here are the steps recommended for veterans seeking employment help or resources:
1. Contact a Veterans Employment Representative
Located at WorkForce Centers throughout the state, DEED’s Veterans Employment Representatives are available to help servicemen and women address a wide variety job search, job-placement and career related questions. They work one-on-one with veterans to provide services custom-tailored to meet individual needs. Services typically include such things as:
- Help developing or polishing resumes and cover letters
- General job search guidance
- Information on licensure, certification, and apprenticeships
- Explaining employment benefits, rights, and preferences
- Direct referrals to job openings
- Referrals to other state and federal agencies for additional services
2. Set a Career Goal Using MyMilitary GPS LifePlan
MyMilitary GPS LifePlan helps veterans, service members and their families set career, education, finance and personal goals, and design plans that will lead to success.
3. Post Your Resume on the State’s Largest No-Fee Online Job Bank
MinnesotaWorks.net is an online database with thousands of job listings from private employers statewide. Post your resume and identify yourself as a veteran. Apply for jobs online. Manage and track your job search efforts.
This article was featured in the March 2012 issue of Career Connection, a newsletter of the Minnesota WorkForce Center system.