Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, which is the unofficial start of the summer season. It is traditionally known for its celebration of those we have lost, but during recent years it has also been a time for us to recognize the commitment and sacrifice made by those who have courageously served our country.
Workforce Solutions can assist veterans that have served in our military and are now looking for employment. We participate in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Priority of Service Program for Veterans and Eligible Spouses, and we are part of a nationwide network of approximately 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers that provide employment and training services to veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
These veterans possess so many skills, but many are having a difficult time finding employment. Some veterans have vast military experience but may lack corporate world work experience.
One thing that must be done when a veteran is looking for employment is to identify what skills they have developed and determine how to relay those skills to generate interest from potential employers. For example, a lieutenant with years of military training has skills that can easily be transferred to supervisory and management experience.
The truth of the matter is that many companies have priority selection for veterans, but simply acknowledging the fact that they are veterans doesn’t ensure employment. What matters is the bottom line and answering the question “what can you do for my company”. That’s the reason veterans have to understand how to express what they have done, what skills they have and how they would benefit to the employer.
For Memorial Day, and every other day too, let us honor our veterans in thanks for the service that they have provided to our country to ensure that we are able to live and work in a safe and secure environment.
Cornelius Booker is a senior member of the Regional Navigator team and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors in Marketing and later received his M.B.A with a focus on Business Marketing and Management. With his personal experience and passion for the disabled community, Cornelius’ insights are an invaluable asset to the Workforce Solutions organization.