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Every month the Office of Veteran Employment Services (OVES) 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!
- A veteran presently in HUBER Work Release Program was provided an assessment determining eligibility and was provided intensive services. DVOP staff identified immediate needs of transportation, communication and housing. OVES assisted him with scheduling appointments with the Center for Veterans Issues (CVI), County Veterans Service Office, and VA HUDVASH Program resulting in him obtaining bus passes, federal housing assistance, and a cell phone. DVOP staff provided services including job search tips and techniques, resume development, interview preparation, enrollment with Computer Lab at Wisconsin Job Center Green Bay, and ongoing follow up appointments. These efforts resulted in successful hires with two employers; one as a Packager/Assembler (part-time) at $9.00 per hour starting December 22nd, and the second as a Demolition Team Member (full-time) at a construction company at $14.50 per hour starting on January 15th. Additionally, staff ensured the veteran's workplace needs were addressed including tools, a toolbox, clothing, and personal protective equipment which were obtained through CVI.
- A veteran with a significant barrier to employment was laid-off from a full-time position and was recently working as a limited term employee for DWD. She was hired by a construction company as a full-time Human Resources/Safety Director for $50,000 per year after job referral, resume assistance, recommendation and mock interviews provided by DVOP staff. She starts the position on January 12th.
- A veteran with income below the acceptable level based on household size recently was hired at a health center in Cashton as a Human Resource Specialist, earning $22.50 per hour. DVOP staff served the veteran with an initial assessment, job referrals, job development, and job search and placement.
- A case managed veteran was looking for a position in management. DVOP staff provided guidance on resume updates and interviewing in today's market by going over panel interviews and situational interviews. DVOP staff also went over searching for position using the job boards and using LinkedIn to new job opportunities. The veteran received an offer from a company in Grafton, WI as the Director of Operations making $125,000 per year. He is very excited about the opportunities provided with the company.
- A veteran with no income came to outstation Pewaukee in November seeking assistance in finding employment. The Veteran has attained his license as a Licensed Practical Nurse from the State of Wisconsin. He was provided with federal resume assistance, procedures and guidelines and assistance with interview preparation. He attended several job interviews through the job leads he received. He was offered a position in December for a corrections facility in Franklin, WI as the Licensed Practical Nurse. He will start in January with an annual salary of $58,000.
- DVOP staff assisted a veteran who was evicted from his home and he did not have a job. Referrals were made to his CVSO, WIA, Food Share, and Ruby's Pantry. After working with the veteran, he accepted employment with an electronics company in a production role starting on January 23rd. The position is full-time with a starting wage of $12.30 per hour. The veteran also received assistance through the SSVF Program for rental assistance and is now in a new home.
- A long-term unemployed Veteran, recently released from incarceration was living in transitional housing for Veterans in Rock County has been hired at a cheese company in Monroe. He received assistance from OVES, Job Service, Disabled Vocational Rehabilitation and the County Veteran Service Officer provided other needed supportive services such as work boots, gas vouchers and vehicle maintenance. The Veteran will start at an hourly wage of $11.00 per hour with a night shift differential of $.75 per hour with other benefits starting after 90 days.
- A transitioning veteran with significant barriers to employment was referred to DVOP staff by another client. He was separated from the US Air Force recently due to force shaping/drawdowns. He was accepted by Veterans in Piping, but was hired directly by a mechanical contractor, bypassing the VIP course. He started on January 5th as a Pipefitter Pre-Apprentice for $12.41 per hour. DVOP staff assisted in the application process for VIP and provided interview preparation.
- DVOP staff met with a 30% service connected disabled veteran who is currently unemployed. We discussed his cover letter, resume, and job searching techniques. We 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. He was referred to a job as a Technical Writer. The veteran later emailed me to tell me that he applied and I notified the hiring contact at the company that the veteran had submitted his resume. The veteran later emailed me to notify me that he had an interview scheduled for the position and the next day he was offered and accepted the job as a Technical Writer. This is full-time, permanent employment starting at $21.00 per hour.
- A 30% or more service connected disabled veteran was hired for a marketing position with an agency of the State of Wisconsin. Using the new non-competitive appointment authority this veteran was able to secure employment within one week of the initial contact to the agency. This is a full-time permanent position with a starting pay of $27.00 per hour.
To hear more about the non-competitive process available for 30% or more disabled vets looking for State Employment, please contact Mark Ard at 608-266-8080 or look online at https://wiscjobsforvets.wisc.jobs/