The following article was written by Maryland Veterans Commissioner Stan Seidel. Commissioner Seidel is a Vietnam Veteran who spent his civilian career helping veterans seeking employment. He retired as the Director of Veterans Employment and Training (DVET) assigned to the State of Maryland for the US Department of Labor. Stan continues to have an active volunteer career as an advocate for veterans:
Since 1978, I have worked employment and training programs for veterans at the local level, statewide as well as Federal. Recently I volunteered to work with a private sector employer, as well as a Federal Agency devoted to working with disabled veterans. We determined that currently there may be an estimated 230,000 disabled veterans on unemployment, so I have asked the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs to allow me to contribute an article on tips to enhance career opportunities for Maryland’s veterans.
If you or someone you know is seeking employment, the first step is to register for assistance with the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWE) mwejobs.maryland.gov.
The Maryland Workforce Exchange has staff specifically dedicated to serve veterans with priority of service. Currently, MWE is conducting business virtually and can assist veterans with their resumes as well as connecting them with employers via virtual job fairs.
Besides helping veterans craft a resume, there are programs to increase a veteran’s opportunity to get an interview including the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) that offers employers an incentive to hire veterans. Additionally, veterans may be eligible for on-the-job-training through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Further, service-connected disabled veterans may also be eligible for paid training through the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran Readiness and Employment under Chapter 31. The MWE has trained staff near you that can assist you in finding the right career.
Also, there are nonprofit organizations who will also assist you in finding a career including the Veterans Staffing Network (VSN) which is part of Easter Seals. VSN also has career coaches that will assist you with your resume as well as introduce you to employers who are looking to hire on a temporary basis with a possibility of permanent employment.
There are more tips and I hope to continue this effort. For more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
MDVA Website: https://veterans.maryland.gov/