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WorkSource at Fairchild: Hiring Military Veterans

March 15, 2017

 
WorkSource at Fairchild Air Force Base
Veterans' Services Video
Fairchild Air Force Base is essential to our local economy, and WorkSource is committed to helping separating military personnel transition to a new career and keep their talents in the Spokane Area. That's why dedicated staff are located on-base at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, able to serve military members, veterans, and their dependents. To learn more about services offered both on-base and to area veterans, please watch our new video:
 
 
Hiring Veterans
When Shawn Bergman faced military retirement, he didn't know how to translate his experience in the Air Force into civilian life, but he knew he wanted his family to be able to stay in Spokane. He met with Mike Ramos, a WorkSource career coach located on-base at Fairchild. "Separating from the military can be an unusual feeling, as you don't have your job assigned to you anymore, and you're able to decide what you want to do independently," says Ramos. He works to help military members translate the many skills they acquired during service into language that will stand out to hiring managers.
 
Ramos and other WorkSource staff helped Shawn articulate his career ambitions and practice interviewing skills. Shawn says the practice helped him feel comfortable and natural when he headed into interviews. He was offered a job as the Human Resources and Safety Director at Sytech, Inc. In his new role overseeing hiring at Sytech, Shawn has been able to continue working with WorkSource to connect other local veterans to employment. When considering hiring a veteran he advises, "Be open to interviewing veterans for different positions until you find a good fit."
 
If you want to learn more about hiring veterans, attend the Hiring Heroes Employer Symposium on March 30 at the WA National Guard Readiness Center in Spokane. Join the group at 8:00 a.m. for a free breakfast and discussion about hiring, retaining, and building a network of support for veterans, military, and their dependents. Click here to RSVP for this free event . Please RSVP by March 17.
SAWDC News
Mark Mattke, CEO:
At its annual meeting in Washington, DC in January, the US Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council elected Mark Mattke as Second Vice President of the board of trustees. This position provides a platform to guide program and policy development at the national level. 

 


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