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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Governor Walker's WiscJobsforVets State Recruitment Website Celebrates Success During Initial Year

MADISON – Today marks the one-year anniversary of WiscJobsforVets, a state-sponsored website designed to connect veterans with a service-connected disability in jobs with state agencies through expedited recruitment.

Over the past 12 months, hundreds of veterans have registered and submitted resumes on WiscJobsForVets.wi.gov, which was developed by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and is run through a partnership with the Department of Administration's Division of Personnel Management (DPM). Dozens of hires have followed, with additional recruitment activities ongoing.

"Veterans are a vital part of our workforce and Wisconsin has many resources available to assist them in finding careers as they transition back to civilian life," DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said. "The work ethic and leadership skills of veterans are tremendous assets that would benefit any employer, and with WiscJobsforVets, veterans can find a new career in state civil service, making this program a win-win for veterans and their families, for state government agencies, and for all Wisconsinites."

Governor Walker signed 2011 Wisconsin Act 211, which expanded the number of state positions that could be filled on a non-competitive basis to include qualified veterans with a service-connected disability rating of at least 30 percent. With the changes, state agencies may give preference to veterans for all positions in classified service, not just nonprofessional or entry level positions. With the change in the law and the new recruiting and referral tool, the state is enhancing employment services for veterans and expediting placement of qualified veterans in state positions.

DWD's Office of Veterans Services (OVS) automatically receives information about veterans who have registered on WiscJobsforVets. The Office has Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) located throughout Wisconsin. These specialists help veterans find employment in the public or private sector, including with state government agencies.

During the site's initial year of operation, over three dozen veterans have been hired by state agencies in jobs that pay an average wage of $20.89/hour following connections made through WiscJobsforVets. Positions that have been filled range from health care occupations such as nurse clinician and psychologist to occupations in marketing, financial services, buildings and grounds maintenance and student services.

WiscJobsforVets is supported by the Governor's Council on Veterans Employment, which Governor Walker created in 2014 when he signed Executive Order 137. The Council advises and assists the state of Wisconsin in ongoing efforts to hire veterans and promote job openings to veterans seeking employment. Executive Order 137 also sets state government hiring goals for veterans and veterans with a service-connected disability rating. Other Council-driven achievements that reflect the Walker Administration's commitment to Wisconsin veterans include staff training and the development of action steps to help and encourage state agency human resources staff to hire more veterans.

Additionally, the 2015-17 state budget that the Governor signed last summer expands upon the commitments of his first budget to see that veterans and their families have resources to thrive when they return from serving their country. The current budget includes provisions to connect veterans to family-supporting jobs as well as assistance for veteran business startups.

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