New Veteran Reboot Project aims to find employment opportunities for military vets

All U.S. military veterans are invited to participate in the new Veteran Reboot Job Project, hosted by Oakland County Michigan Works! and the Oakland County Veterans’ Services Division.

The program launches Friday, Nov. 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans’ Services Division offices in Troy, 1151 Crooks Road, and in Pontiac, County Service Center, building 26 East, 1200 N. Telegraph Road. The meetings will take place on the first Friday of every month.

“Our military veterans have served our country and now it’s time for us to serve them,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “A growing number of companies across the county are making it a priority to hire qualified veterans. The Veteran Reboot Job Project – the first of its kind in our region – will help veterans establish their own personal brands, launch job searches, prepare them for interviews and connect these heroes with veteran-friendly employers looking to hire people today.”

The project connects veterans to trained Michigan Works! and Veterans’ Services staff members, who act as advocates to link veterans with employers in a variety of fields.

In addition to a monthly topic and discussion, networking and support meetings feature local employers who want to hire veterans. Each employer will provide an overview of job opportunities available and the skills required. Veterans are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes.

Monthly meeting topics will include:

• Job search strategies
• Transferable skills from military duty to civilian life
• Overcoming age bias (older veterans)
• Résumé development and critique
• Interview preparation
• Job fair tips
• Vocational training opportunities through Oakland County and other organizations

Each Veteran Reboot Job Project meeting features an overview of the broad range of services and benefits exclusively available to U.S. military veterans at the eight Michigan Works! and two Veterans’ Services offices in Oakland County. The Michigan Works! offices can provide advance notice and access to job listings before the general public can consider them and the Veterans’ Services offices can advise applicants on educational and vocational opportunities available through the Veterans’ Administration.

“Whether you have an active job search underway or are underemployed and looking for a better opportunity, the staff at each of our Michigan Works! offices is ready to support your efforts to successfully land your next position,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, manager of Oakland County’s Workforce Development Department. “We invite veterans to come in any time and take advantage of our free services and benefits.”

Oakland County Michigan Works! offices are located in:

• Ferndale at 713 E. 9 Mile Road
• Highland at 2218 S. Milford Road
• Novi at 31186 Beck Road
• Oak Park at 22180 Parklawn St.
• Pontiac at 1850 North Perry St.
• Southfield at 21415 Civic Center Drive, Suite 116
• Troy at 550 Stephenson Highway, Suite 400
• Waterford at 4241 Steffens Road

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