Each November, there is a buzz in the air. It’s Hire-A-Veteran Month again, an important milestone to honor the brave men and women who have served our country, and to provide assistance to help them transition to civilian workforce.
One-Stop Career Centers across the state participate in Hire-A-Veteran Month by sponsoring events and workshops to help Massachusetts Veterans find good jobs at good wages. Months of preparation and careful planning go into hosting these events that range from workshops focused on helping Veterans transfer their skills to civilian jobs and stand out amongst candidates to organizing job fairs for recruiting potential employers to connect Veterans with hiring opportunities and reaching out to Veterans and their families to provide special services.
Below are two events that were held recently.
Job Fair hosted by the New Bedford Career Center on November 5th
The New Bedford Career Center facilitated the 7th Annual Veterans Day Job Fair on Tuesday, November 5th. This event featured a dozen employers with over 100 open positions. A special breakfast event before the Job Fair allowed Veterans to connect with Veteran Service Officers, VFW benefits representatives and employers directly. While this event was open to all customers, the focus was on Veterans’ reemployment. Additional events will be planned in the future to reach out to Veterans in the New Bedford community with the goal of helping more Veterans become reemployed.
Job Search Workshop hosted by Career Source in Cambridge on November 6th
The two-hour workshop “The Road Map to a Successful Job Search” was facilitated by Jayne Mattson, Senior Vice President with Keystone Associates, a Career Management firm that specializes in helping mid- to senior-level professionals in job transition. In the workshop, Jayne provided training and coaching to help the Veterans learn more about what it takes to land a job. Topics included Self-Assessment, Resume Development, Research, Strategy, Social Media, Networking, Creating the 30-second Commercial, Interviewing and Negotiating the Job Offer.
Throughout the workshop, Veterans had an opportunity to exchange personal thoughts regarding their struggle with being unemployed and the difficulties of finding work. Jayne addressed each concern and provided tips to assist the Veterans throughout the process. Her style of presenting the material to this group included what she termed “tough love”, being very candid on the right or wrong approaches, or accentuating the positive. At the end of the workshop, one Veteran indicated that Jayne had instilled confidence and a more positive mindset in his approach to looking for a job.
Additional Events through the end of November
Please check the listing for events (at the end of the press release) happening in your local community.
Employment and Training Assistance Year-Round
If you are a Veteran in need of assistance with reemployment, please do not hesitate to contact your local Veterans employment representative (LVER).
BRRRR! Don’t Let the Cold Harm Your Workers posted on Jan 5
Seasonably cold winter weather is here, providing a good opportunity to highlight ways to protect workers in cold environments. Working in cold conditions can increase the likelihood of workplace injuries due to reduced dexterity, impaired thought and a rush to get work done in order …Continue Reading BRRRR! Don’t Let the Cold Harm Your Workers
MA Minimum Wage is $9.00/hour January 1, 2015 posted on Dec 15
Massachusetts enacted the first state minimum wage law over 100 years ago on June 4, 1912. Thanks to the efforts of many committed individuals, businesses, and elected leaders at every level including the Governor, we have reason to celebrate again the Commonwealth’s lead when it comes to fair treatment of workers. Massachusetts now has the highest enacted state minimum wage set for $11.00 on January 1, 2017.
U.S. Renews Agreement to Help MA Combat Underground Economy posted on Nov 28
US Labor Secretary Tom Perez has renewed a three year agreement to help Massachusetts recover unpaid wages, back taxes unemployment insurance premiums, fines and penalties from employers who engage in fraudulent labor practices like misclassifying workers. The initiative commits the Department of Labor and the IRS to work with the Massachusetts Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) which, since its inception, has collected nearly $56 million from unscrupulous businesses.