Military Matters: Helping Vets Find Jobs
Military veterans are getting something called "Priority of Service" at The WorkPlace in Watertown.
No appointment is needed.
When they walk into The WorkPlace, veterans go to the front of the line.
"Many times it's busy here and priority service means they'll be seen by the next available rep," said Cheryl Mayforth of The WorkPlace.
Veterans can sit down with career counselors to get first priority for jobs and training.
As the military begins to downsize its force, The WorkPlace expects to see more and more veterans looking for civilian jobs.
"Any individual that transitions out of the military, that is a very scary thing. Many people never looked for a job before because just the way the military works. You meet with a recruiter and then some of these people might not have looked for a job for for 4, 8, 20 years," said Mayforth.
WorkPlace staff members help veterans translate their military experience into skills for the civilian work force.
It doesn't matter whether the service member wants to stay in the north country or move elsewhere.
"You can come in here and we're going to help you no matter where you end up," said Mayforth.
The WorkPlace is located on Coffeen Street in Watertown.
All services are free.