On Wednesday July 9, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) hosted Minnesota’s 8th annual Veterans Career Fair at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. As the largest Veterans career fair in Minnesota, this event was made possible through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and various corporate sponsors and service providers.
Upon entering the Hastings Veterans Home woodshop, one is greeted with the strong aroma of freshly cut wood accompanied with the consistent clamor of men hard at work. Mike Kriel, the Woodshop Coordinator, steps proudly into the room and states with a smile, “Welcome to my playground.”
Due to recent legislative action, military Veterans will now have increased eligibility to apply for Minnesota state police positions. Governor Dayton signed a new bill into law on May 16, which changed the Veteran requirements needed to apply to civilian police forces. The new law reduces the years of military law enforcement experience needed to qualify to take the police reciprocity exam. Now Veterans with four years of active duty experience in law enforcement or Veterans who hold a two-year college degree with a minimum of two years of military law enforcement experience may qualify to take the exam.
“Hire Minnesota’s Veterans”… Perhaps you saw this campaign highlighted on a billboard while driving through the Twin Cities, read about it in the paper, or caught it on the evening news. Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed July “Hire a Veteran Month” to create awareness among Minnesotans of the tremendous talent pool that exists among the Veteran population right here in Minnesota. Even though July and “Hire a Veteran Month” have come to a close, the opportunity and the need for Minnesota companies to invest in Veterans remains great.
In May 2013, Elizabeth Ogaard was finally ready to pursue her career goal of becoming an event planner. She had to put this goal on hold for several years due to a military deployment to Iraq in 2008, followed by active duty orders here in Minnesota, and then another deployment to Kuwait in 2012. During the reintegration training, which all reserve component military members must complete following deployments, Elizabeth was reminded to go to the Minnesota WorkForce Center to file for unemployment. She admits that she was hesitant to go to the “unemployment office,” initially but is glad she did because that led her to Mark Mann and Dave Wold, her Veteran Employment Representatives. She said that as soon as the Unemployment Representative learned that she was a Veteran he told her about the Veteran Networking Group held every Thursday at the Brooklyn Park WorkForce Center.
This post originally appeared on the MinnesotaWorks.net blog
More than 1,000 former and current members of the U.S. military connected with employers at the Minnesota Veterans Career Fair held in Brooklyn Center on Tuesday.
Veterans met with approximately 130 businesses with current job openings. There were a wide variety of businesses represented with job vacancies in diverse fields. Exhibitors included private companies, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, service providers and government agencies. Recruiters accepted resumes and directed job seekers to channels for applying for job vacancies.
It's no secret Governor Dayton proclaimed July as “Hire a Veteran Month,” yet many employers may be asking themselves why they should hire a Veteran. It is true that Veterans receive training and experience that can be translated to civilian occupations; but perhaps of greater value are the life lessons the Veteran experiences while in the military. Military training not only creates Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, it transforms young men and women into responsible adults ready to fill Minnesota’s talent pipeline.
It begins with a commitment. As young as 17, these men and women commit to put service before themselves. Very quickly they learn about responsibility, accountability and being part of a team. They learn basic things that employers are looking for, such as completing a job to the desired standard and showing up on time. If you doubt this, ask a Veteran how long it took for them to learn not to be late! A Veteran returns from duty with leadership skills, technical training, safety training, crisis management skills and the ability to make tough decisions under pressure. Additionally, the average 24-year old Veteran has done all or most of the following:
To make the most of any job or career fair, it's best to begin preparing yourself, your resume, and your personal sales pitch well in advance of the event.
Success begins with a plan. Here are some handy preparation tips and a timeline that will help you be razor-sharp and ready on the day of the Veterans Career Fair.
Governor Dayton has proclaimed July as “Hire a Veteran Month” in Minnesota. This unique proclamation is intended to create awareness of the talent and character employers will find when they hire Veterans.
Minnesota is home to more than 370,000 Veterans, and over 60,000 Minnesotans have served on active duty since 9/11. These men and women understand commitment and accomplishing goals. They are mature and have the dedicated work ethic most employers seek.