Success Stories of Veterans - December 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!
- DVOP staff provided intensive services to service connected disabled Veteran. She was provided civil and federal resume development, job searches, conducting mock interviewing, and job development. DVOP staff also assisted her with interview tips and networked with a food center on behalf of the Veteran during the Walworth County Manufacturing Job Fair on 30 October 2014. She received an interview and was hired by the company in Darien, WI as a full-time, permanent Maintenance Mechanic. Her employment began December 1st at $21.00 per hour during her probation period and will receive incremental wage increases as her tenure increases.
- A Veteran was referred from a RES session in Pewaukee. The Veteran was placed into case management and the barriers to employment were identified and removed. He was provided with resume writing assistance and job leads in his career field. He attended several job interviews and was offered a position at a Hydro-Thermal Company in Waukesha, WI as a Production Planner. The offer was accepted with starting pay of $51,109 annually effective November 17th.
- A Veteran was laid-off from his job as a Mobile Occupational Technician in the Medical Career Field. OVS staff assisted with resume development and a letter of recommendation. He was hired by a Blood Center as a full-time Donor Specialist at $16.00 per hour starting on December 8th.
- A low-income and at risk of homelessness Veteran with mechanical skills was recently laid-off. DVOP staff provided resume assistance, gave two job referrals and one employer referral. The Veteran was hired from the employer referral the next day by a cheese company, at a starting wage of $13.39 per effective Monday, Dec 1st. DVOP staff requested and received rental and utility assistance from a local Veterans support group. DVOP staff also provided the Veteran with information on Hud-Vash for future reference if needed.
- A combat and a 60% Service Connected Disabled Veteran was hired by the Office of Veterans Services as a Limited Term Employment DVOP in September of 2014. He was immediately reminded by the LVER that he needed to continue with job searches for permanent employment. After additional services and advice the DVOP was hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Medical Reimbursement Technician. He will be starting on 15 December 2014, as a GS-5, Step 1 at $32,000 per year, with promotion potential to GS-6/10. He will have full federal governmental benefits, along with a work week of 40 Hours, 1st shift, Monday through Friday.
- A Walworth County Veteran classified as being low-income resulting from legal issues and incarceration was seeking job search assistance. The DVOP worked with the Veteran on job search techniques, career exploration, and job development. The Veteran was hired by a property tax corporation and began employment on December 12th, 2014 as a full-time, permanent Business Sales Representative earning $35,000.00 per year, plus commission.
- A Racine County Veteran who was at or below the WIA income level for her family household has been working with DVOP staff that provided all intensive services through case management to ensure she is job ready. She received an offer from a North American group as a full-time Chef Manager. Her employment began on December 8th, 2014 with a starting wage of $40,000 per year.
- A Veteran that served two tours in Iraq and just relocated back to Wisconsin had no income. While developing the Individualized Employment Plan it was noted that his primary work experience was as a teacher. Due to the current time of the year to get a teaching position, the DVOP and Veteran went over his skills from the military and developed a resume. OVS staff marketed him to several companies in or near the Sheboygan area. The Veteran received calls from several companies, interviewed and received an offer to start work on January 6th, 2015 with a stamping company as a Material Handler at $14.50 per hour. The Veteran is very excited and feels the resume and mock interviews made the difference in getting an offer so fast. This job will sustain him until next year when he plans on applying for teaching positions.
- A 50% Service Connected Disabled Veteran who meets the service criteria was seen by both DVOPs who assisted Veteran with his resume and job seeking skills. Since the Veteran has a mechanical background, the LVER was working with a Local (Disabled Veteran) owned machine fabrication company in conjunction with our local Apprenticeship Bureau. The goal was to get this company involved in the apprenticeship program and hire a disabled Veteran to fill this position. The Veteran was offered and accepted this position with a starting wage of $12.00 per hour starting January 5th, 2015. The Veteran will also be using his Post 911 GI Bill to supplement his income. The employer is anxious to get this started and is very excited to work with other veterans in the future!
- DVOP staff completed a comprehensive assessment with a Veteran to determine, barriers to employment and OVS services. The Veteran recently relocated back to WI and is 50% Service Connected Disabled. DVOP staff reviewed his cover letter, resume, and job searching techniques. They also discussed the proper way to target his cover letter and resume for each job that he is applying to and why that is important. Staff later received an email from the Veteran stating that he had accepted a full-time position as a Process Engineer. The position provides benefits after 90 days and his yearly salary is $50,000.