Department of Labor helps Columbus veterans find jobs - WRBL

Department of Labor helps Columbus veterans find jobs

Posted: Updated:

The Georgia Department of Labor wants to make sure veterans are prepared when looking for a job. The GDOL is hosting "Job Readiness Kickoff" on Monday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Columbus Technical College.

Steve Turley is an Army National Guard veteran with 25 years of active duty. He says many veterans struggle with finding work after their service.

"It can be hard to relate your skills to civilian life," says Turley. "When you're writing your resume, they don't understand how we talk sometimes."

The August unemployment rate for veterans is 10%, according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor. That's nearly 3-percent higher than the 7.4% national rate.

Career fairs provide veterans with an opportunity to meet employers. The Paychecks for Patriots career fair is coming up in October, and the GDOL says veterans need to be ready.

"What we've found out that a lot of these individuals that go to these career expos are not properly prepared to succeed there," says Mark Butler, the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor.

That's why the GDOL wants to prepare veterans before the job fair. The event on Monday will offer workshops on networking, interviewing and how to translate their military skill-sets to the civilian workforce.

"The employers do notice a difference in how the individuals are prepared for the expo, we know it works, and we want to make sure our veterans every bit of assistance and help that we can," says Butler.

The goal is for veterans to show job seekers what they're capable of.

"When you have a veteran, you've got anything you need," says Turley. "You've got a man, or woman, that can move a team, they can make decisions, they can do anything you need them to do."

Columbus Technical College is located at 928 Manchester Expressway in Columbus. The event is free to attend.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-04-10 15:54:25 GMT

    April arrests made in the Upstate and western North Carolina.

    April arrests made in the Upstate and western North Carolina.

  • Name of Seale murder victim released

    Name of Seale murder victim released

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:52:30 GMT
    Eric Tunnell Anderson, 23, was found dead in a trailer home Tuesday afternoon, according to Sheriff Taylor. Taylor tells News 3 that Anderson was renting a trailer home on Avalon Circle in Seale.
    Eric Tunnell Anderson, 23, was found dead in a trailer home Tuesday afternoon, according to Sheriff Taylor. Taylor tells News 3 that Anderson was renting a trailer home on Avalon Circle in Seale.
  • Photo Slideshow: CASA Superhero 5k Run

    Photo Slideshow: CASA Superhero 5k Run

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:27:48 GMT
    Snapshots from the event where superheroes overtake Uptown Columbus in the name of protecting children.
    Snapshots from the event where superheroes overtake Uptown Columbus in the name of protecting children.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.