According to the latest census data, there are about 900,000 veterans in Ohio. Each year, about 12,000 new veterans leave active military service and come home to the Buckeye state. With a real unemployment rate of over 12%, there are now over 60,000 unemployed veterans in Ohio – and nearly 1.5 million unemployed veterans across the country. Despite efforts by government and business to develop and promote “jobs for vets” initiatives, finding work continues to be a struggle for many veterans. According to data from News 21, fewer than 10% of veterans attending the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes job fairs found work through the 500+ fairs that have been held since 2011. Veteran-friendly job search sites are even worse, with job offers for registered vets in the range of 1-2%. If these methods don’t work, why offer them? Because government and business leaders want to be seen doing something – and it’s easy, and more visible, to spend money on glitzy websites and heavily promoted events. So what works? Any soldier will tell you that technology alone will not win any war. Sooner or later, you have to have boots on the ground. That is true in the career field as well. The fanciest, most heavily promoted website in the world will not help a vet get a job if his resume sucks. Garbage In, Garbage Out. That’s what makes Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) so different. From the beginning, MVRC coaches have been in the trenches […]
Logan AC & Heat Services is hosting an open house Saturday, March 25 for HVAC service technicians and installers/install assistants. The open house is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Logan Service Training Center, 9181 Dixie Dr., Vandalia, Oh 45414. This event is for job candidates, HVAC students and recent graduates to learn about potential installation and service career opportunities. At this open house/seminar you can learn all about the history of the company, Logan’s professional service and installation processes, industry trends, benefits and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will also be open interviews for install assistants and service technicians at the end of the open house. To register, call (937) 224-3200 option 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today as seats are limited. Logan AC & Heat Services is a residential heating and air conditioning company with locations in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati.
Many of the 150 veterans who attended the New Year, New Career job fair on Jan. 18 left with new contacts, job leads and in some cases, interviews. In its fifth year, more than 40 employers representing a wide variety of industries participated in the fair. “Military career fairs re a great opportunity for veteran job seekers,” said Kelley Koons, veterans services specialist for Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) and fair organizer. “They give veterans a chance to meet employers who value their and give them an edge over others during the hiring process,” Koons added. Employers were just as pleased as the job seekers who attended the fair. Dee Terrie from Caterpillar said that they scheduled 17 interviews at the fair. Ten of those interviewed moved on to second interviews and four have already started working. Terrie added that she was pleased with the applicants from the job fair and looks forward to participating again next year.