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Services to Help Veterans Find Jobs

Posted on November 06, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Tags: job search, veterans

We salute you, Minnesota’s former members of the U.S. military!  Monday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, celebrated in Minnesota and across the United States in recognition and appreciation of the former members of our country’s military, who have protected our nation’s freedom and kept Americans safe. Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC, wrote in his poem, “It’s the Soldier,” this: 

“It’s the soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press. It’s the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech …”

“DEED is dedicated to all of Minnesota’s service members and want to provide all of the resources available as they transition to civilian life,” said Jim Finley, director of veterans employment at DEED. “And having a good job has been a top priority.”  

Eligible veterans looking for work or exploring a new career can get free assistance from veterans employment reps at Minnesota WorkForce Centers across the state. 

They work one-on-one with veterans to provide services custom-tailored to meet individual needs, such as providing help with developing or polishing resumes and direct referrals to job openings.

Minnesota WorkForce Centers host networking clubs specifically for veterans. Participants hear about job search techniques, meet employers, and share contacts and job search tips with each other. The meetings are facilitated by the vets reps, all veterans themselves.

An important online tool to help veterans find jobs is MinnesotaWorks.net , the state’s no-fee job bank. Post your resume and identify yourself as a veteran. Businesses can identify themselves as “military friendly,” and encourage U.S. military service members and veterans to apply. You can easily identify yourself as a current or former member of the military and search for employers seeking to hire current and former U.S. military service members. 

These are just a few ways that veterans can get help with their job search. Learn about additional employment programs and services for veterans on  DEED’s website . 

For more information about online tools for veterans looking for work or exploring careers, see our July 24 blog post . 

We also urge you to view a calendar of career events for veterans who are job hunting.   

A calendar of veterans day events is posted here . Also, check out a poem by Joshua Helterbran, about a soldier’s final inspection written in appreciation of the military.  

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