Success Stories of Veterans - June 2014
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Every month the Office of Veterans Services (OVS) will be sharing stories of individuals that have successfully found careers through our services. Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Representative (DVOP) provide the intensive services necessary to meet the employment needs of Veterans who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, disabled, homeless, or facing other significant barriers to employment. Visit often to see how Wisconsin is putting our Veterans back to work!
- Veteran sought assistance after being released from prison. He was
homeless and staying at the Salvation Army since mid-April. With the help of OVS staff, this Veteran cleaned up his resume and was given numerous job referrals. Veteran was hired at with a starting wage of $10.35 per hour. After a 90 day orientation his wage will rise to $13.50/hr. He was able to move into his own apartment June 1st.
- Veteran was hired by a county in Northern, WI as a Juvenile Care Manager – Youth and Family Services. His starting wage is $20.78/ hour plus full benefits. OVS staff provided job search assistance and provided regular job opportunity updates for his skill sets which led directly to him applying to this position.
- A a master carpenter and construction worker experienced long term unemployment due to personal, legal, and mental health battles stemming from chemical dependency and incarceration. The Veteran received intensive services and followed his individual employment plan developed with OVS staff. OVS collaborated with a Veteran Service organization and the Veteran began working at a company in Germantown on June 2, 2014. Veteran has benefits with a wage of $20.00 per hour. He has potential to increase his pay rate up to $30.00 per hour after 90 days. Veteran calls this his "rags to riches story."
- A Veteran with an extensive amount of managerial experience received assistance with resume writing and a transferable skills and the development of a second resume focusing on his sales and marketing abilities. He was given a list of job leads and continued interviewing for employment. In mid- April he had his first interview at rehabilitation facility and was asked to return for the 2nd interview. He was offered and accepted the position of Director of Business Development with a starting pay of $72,000 annually. His first day at work was May 20, 2014.
- A Veteran overcame extensive barriers and challenges such as a recent felony, no finances, break up of family, and no DD214. He used intensive services and career guidance of both OVS and Job Center personnel. OVS staff helped Veteran find resources to overcome his barriers such as referrals to community resources to receive food share and assistance obtaining his DD214. He was provided with referrals to employers and obtained employment with a foundry in SW Wisconsin as a general laborer making $12.50/ per hr.
- A Veteran requested job search assistance and information on employment opportunities in the area. He was a field service engineer and wanted to continue in that line of work. An individual employment plan was developed and he received current labor market information along with a list of potential employers. He adjusted his resume to reflect his prior project management skills and team leader positions. He was offered a position as field service engineer with a starting pay of $76,000 annually. He started the new job on June 23, 2014.
- OVS sent application information to the hiring authority at a V.A. Medical Center on behalf of a 60% disabled Veteran for a supply position. The Veteran starts July 14, 2014 as a GS 3 at $12.52 per hour working in the supply department of the VAMC.
- A Veteran who relocated to Wisconsin from Florida in May is a newly released Army officer with a BS degree in GIS and has CAD experience. OVS staff recommended he reconstruct his resume to focus on his CAD work history. We provided him several job leads and information about the Pewaukee Job fair. He received an on the spot job interview at the Pewaukee Job fair as a Gas/ Electric Designer. A second interview followed along with the job offer of $58,303 annually. He started this new job on June 16.
- OVS staff assisted a Veteran build a new resume and with job search and interview skills. Veteran applied online with OVS assistance to a Railroad in central, WI for a position as a conductor trainee. He was hired to this position with a salary of $42,000 per year with outstanding benefits. The on the job training lasts 6 months. Upon successful completion of his training he will see an increase in wages to $57,000 per year.