Doyle Encourages Hiring Vets

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 at 6:52 am

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle today urged employers to honor the men and women who have served the nation and recommended Wisconsin’s new free, user-friendly Internet site, JobCenterOfWisconsin.com, as the first stop to meet the needs for both employers and veterans.

“Our veterans have risked their lives to defend our country, and one way to honor them is by helping them get a good job when they complete their tour of duty,” Governor Doyle said. “It is my hope that any employer, given a chance, would consider a veteran for employment. While we are in the midst of a severe national economic downturn, employers still need skilled workers, and hiring veterans makes good sense for many reasons.”

In September, Governor Doyle launched the state’s new, employment Internet site, JobCenterOfWisconsin.com, as part of his Grow Wisconsin – The Next Steps plan to build on his earlier success in economic and workforce development. The site is free, easy to navigate and accessible at all hours of the day.

A job seeker who is a veteran can note his or her military service, and a U.S. flag icon will appear next to the individual’s resume on the site. In searching for workers with the right skills, employers can quickly identify veterans by the flag icon, review their qualifications, and contact them by email.

The Internet site features a Veterans Services link, dwd.wisconsin.gov/veterans/, which provides not only information on employment opportunities, but veterans benefits, services and programs. Within the past month, employers have listed close to 10,000 job openings, nearly 2,000 in the last week alone. Job seekers can post resumes. Employers and job seekers can search the site and get connected.

The JobCenterOfWisconsin.com also can connect veterans with Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Job Service staff, who are ready to assist in meeting employment and training needs. DWD has 19 Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPs) and 15 Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) available to assist veterans throughout the state.

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