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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.

Eager job seekers listened to Bristol County Sheriff Office (BCSO) recruiter, Robert Horta explain the many job opportunities available at BCSO.

Eager job seekers listened to Bristol County Sheriff Office (BCSO) recruiter, Robert Horta explain the many job opportunities available at BCSO.

Left to right: Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) Roy Oliveira, Chris Gomes and VFW Claims Representative Cecil Hickman discuss VA benefit process and services available.

Left to right: Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) Roy Oliveira, Chris Gomes and VFW Claims Representative Cecil Hickman discuss VA benefit process and services available.


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.  

Jayne Mattson, SVP with Keystone Associates providing coaching to Veterans.

Jayne Mattson, SVP with Keystone Associates providing coaching to Veterans.

Veterans attending the workshop at Career Source in Cambridge.

Veterans attending the workshop at Career Source in Cambridge.


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).

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