Paying it Forward to Our Veterans

by Gina Sobania ~

Over the last 11 years, I have been afforded the opportunity to present and interact with thousands of Veterans, Servicemembers and their families. I always start my presentations by stating that I have not served in the military, but that I am a proud daughter of a Vietnam Veteran.

I work weekends, evenings and even holidays because I am paying it forward for my Dad. He never received the welcome home, resources and supports that current day Veterans and Servicemembers receive.

I encourage participants to pay it forward for the next generation of Veterans and Servicemembers so that we can continue our support.

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Serving Our Troops

by Princess Fanning

I recently attended the Veterans Career Fair sponsored by DEED. Many vets have been away from home for so long it actually takes a while for some to readjust to living like an everyday person again. And it can be discouraging for some veterans who come back from combat or serving overseas and can’t find a job. This Career Fair gives those veterans an opportunity to network and find job leads to further their opportunities.


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Vets and Networking – It’s a Natural

by David Wold

People use many methods to find jobs. Some apply for job postings on the Internet or use  social media sites. Some will try cold calls to potential employers with resume in hand. Some job seekers will simply mail out dozens or hundreds of resumes to businesses hoping to land a job. Although sometimes these methods work, studies have shown that the most successful strategy for job seeking is networking. But where do you start?


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Enjoy Occupational Outlooks? Thank a Veteran!

by Rachel Vilsack

One of the premier products of Minnesota’s Labor Market Information Office is our employment projections. Every two years, new job growth is estimated for industries and occupations over a 10-year time span. Current projections for Minnesota cover the 2010 to 2020 time period. Students use these employment projections to investigate future career paths; educational planners use them to sustain or justify a new training program; businesses and researchers use them to understand where future opportunities lie. All of them have World War II veterans to thank.


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