Tampa, FL, March 24, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Furthering its commitment to help disabled veterans find employment in a difficult economy, Enable America held its first Veterans Job Readiness Workshop on March 18. Human resource experts provided personalized instruction to a group of job ready disabled veterans, helping them sharpen the skills necessary to connect with employers.
“Right now it is very tough, very tough out there,” said George Williams, a former gun mount technician in the U.S. Navy. “But I bring a lot of experience with me from the military. I’ve been doing my part to further my education to make me more competitive with my peers. I believe that with my success in the military I can be successful in a civilian company.”
Enable America agrees that disabled veterans like George are an asset to the American workforce.
“Through our work with military personnel, we know disabled veterans bring added abilities and the courage under fire that is valuable to employers at any time, certainly in the midst of a turbulent economy,” said Enable America founder and CEO Richard Salem. “Today’s event is the latest in a line of programs we have provided to disabled veterans, so they have the support they need and deserve. This is a land of many opportunities, opportunities for which they have sacrificed in our defense. It is our honor to help them pursue the American dream.”
Enable America’s focus on helping disabled veterans began with its VetConnect program, which enhances existing rehabilitation programs for wounded war fighters. To date, VetConnect has assisted more than 200 veterans and their families by linking them to peers who share similar experiences. The program helps veterans acclimate to civilian life, or redeploy if they prefer.
During this latest event a combination of panel discussions and one-on-one coaching with human resource professionals enabled participants to gain a greater understanding of the job search process, and what is needed to find work when the competition is strong. In addition to polishing their resumes and learning how to best position their military experience, veterans also worked on learning how to confidently express their qualifications, how to network resources, and the best ways to follow-up after a job interview.
“These men and women have strong skills that hiring managers value,” said Jeanna Wallace, Manager of Human Resources for Clark Construction. “Military experience develops both ability and discipline that employers require. Through Enable America’s help today, we were able to make sure these veterans are making the right impression when looking for employment.”
In expressing his thanks to Enable America and the contributions from human resource professionals, Williams added that American veterans deserve strong consideration by employers.
“I think it should be a top priority,” he said. “There are a lot of veterans out there who have made sacrifices. I would like America to know, that the veterans should feel the sacrifices they have made will not go unnoticed. Helping them in the job market is definitely a step in the right direction.”
Information on future Enable America events can be found on the organization’s web site, EnableAmerica.org.
About Enable America: Enable America was established in 2002 by attorney Richard Salem as a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities find employment and live independently. The organization’s Community Connections, Business Connections, and VetConnect programs unite members of the disability community and business community to raise awareness and increase employment opportunities for the 54 million Americans with disabilities, including our nation’s wounded warriors. More information can be found on the organization’s web site, EnableAmerica.org.