by Rachel Vilsack

This Memorial Day week, it’s important to remember the many Minnesota veterans who have bravely and proudly served this county. Networking and career events can help veterans in career transition get back to work.


While people use many methods for find jobs, studies have shown that the most successful strategy is networking. For veterans there is a natural support system already formed through their military service. In fact, veterans networking groups meet regularly around the state, including at Minnesota Workforce Centers.


The networking meetings frequently include a presentation about job search skills or employers may come to talk about opportunities at their companies. But much of the meeting involves veterans talking to veterans.


For more information on veterans networking groups in Minnesota, please visit this online calendar of Workforce Center events for comprehensive listings of career events for veterans. You don’t need to register to attend a networking group, but you might want to telephone ahead to verify time and room location.


And mark your calendars! Minnesota veterans who are looking for a job, interested in exploring new careers, or who want to learn about educational opportunities should plan on attending our Veterans Career Fair onTuesday, July 16, from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Earle Brown Heritage Center (6155 Earle Brown Drive in Brooklyn Center). Read more information about the event and view a list of employers who will be in attendance.