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      Hire a Veteran Month

      Posted on July 11, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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      Governor Mark Dayton kicked off Minnesota’s largest veterans career fair this morning by proclaiming July “Hire a Veteran” month.  Today at the Minnesota Veterans Career Fair the Governor urged businesses to hire veterans and noted their skills and leadership abilities are what Minnesota employers are looking for. 

      “Hiring veterans is one of the best investments businesses can make in the future success of their companies and of our state,” Governor Mark Dayton said.  “Veterans have the skills Minnesota employers are looking for, including leadership, intelligence, dedication, and loyalty.  They also have proven their abilities to perform at the highest levels under all kinds of pressures and conditions.”

      Governor Dayton’s office also recently hired a Minnesota Veteran, Amanda Ingvaldson, after she returned from serving with the Minnesota National Guard in support of ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom.

      By increasing the public’s awareness of the high unemployment rate of veterans, “Hire a Veteran” month not only gives veterans an opportunity to work but it also promotes good business in Minnesota. 

      Governor Dayton and his administration are committed to serving those that have served this country, and have worked collaboratively to connect Minnesota veterans with job skills and job opportunities. Earlier this year the Department of Employment and Economic Development conducted a survey among Minnesota National Guard Red Bulls and found that nearly 23 percent were expecting to be looking for jobs when they returned stateside.  The National Guard, along with partners at DEED, Veterans Affairs, Revenue, MnSCU, County Service Veteran Officers, and Yellow Ribbon organizations US Bank, Best Buy, Target, and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce for the Minnesota Interagency Military Employment Working Group, aimed at tackling veterans employment issues for the Red Bulls.  In March an eleven member ‘Employment Resource Team’ made up of state employees and private sector human resources professionals departed for Kuwait, to work with the 2,700 member 1st brigade combat team on employment training; skill assessment and aptitude testing, resume writing, interview skills, and translating military experience to a civilian resume.

      The Minnesota Veterans Career Fair was sponsored by DEED, in partnership with the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.  The event featured over 1,000 veterans and 120 Minnesota businesses with current employment opportunities. The career fair is part of ongoing initiative by the Dayton administration to promote veterans employment and connect Minnesota military veterans with employers that are hiring.  

      This fair is only one of several veterans’ career events that will take place with local partners throughout the state in the coming weeks and months.  For up to date information on upcoming veteran’s employment events in your area visit www.positivelyminnesota.com and click on the events tab.