“Marketing Your Military Service” Kicks Off Hire-A-Vet Month
For our Veterans returning home, readjusting to civilian life can be quite a challenge. Finding employment is an even greater task.
Veterans experts on staff at EOLWD, in a public/private collaboration with Suffolk University and the Department of Veterans’ Services from the state's Health and Human Services Secretariat, launched “Marketing Your Military Service,” a free career seminar for Veterans who are unemployed or looking to advance their careers.
The event began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by EOLWD's Brett Casavant (U.S. Marine Corps) and Suffolk University’s a cappella singers Rampage performing the National Anthem. The performance was followed by opening remarks from Suffolk University's Acting President and Provost Barry Brown, Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein, and Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee,(U.S. Marine Corps).
Representatives from Massachusetts’ One-Stop Career Centers and other professionals helped Veterans learn how to market their military skills when applying for civilian jobs. Participants were quizzed on their knowledge of the job interview process. Veterans were urged to become “experts in marketing and sales” and were given the chance to practice their new skills in mock interviews.
After a networking lunch, seminar participants had their resumes reviewed and browsed the Expo, which featured diverse Veterans organizations, staff from Massachusetts' Attorney General's Office & the Treasurer's Office, and Suffolk Alumni from many professions.
Veterans who attended the seminar have written to express their gratitude towards Suffolk University, EOLWD, and DVS for hosting the event. We look forward to continuing to provide Veterans with the resources they need to find work and acclimate to life at home. Stay tuned for similar events in the future and be on the look out for all job fairs for veterans happening across the Commonwealth this month.
EOLWD's Brett Casavant and Home Base Program's Nick Dutter are interviewed by Greater Boston on WGBH. See the video here.
Barry Brown, Acting President and Provost, Suffolk University
Joanne F. Goldstein, Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development
Seminar participants in a workshop.