'Mission: Transition' Helps Veterans In Tough Job Market

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Adjusting to civilian life after years of military service can be tough.

Just ask former Fort Drum soldier Jessie Scheer. He had been in the Army for 12 years when his service ended eight months ago.

"Initially, I got out and I just, I was bored, so I was like I need to do something, so I got a job," he said.

"And I enjoy it here."

Scheer is one of 35,000 veterans employed by Home Depot nationwide. Around 9,000 were hired in the past year alone.

Now, the company is taking its commitment to serving the military community even further by launching a new initiative to help vets land jobs across the civilian workforce - in any industry.

It's called "Mission: Transition".

"While the military does assist in transitioning these soldiers to the civilian life," said district human resources manager John Hart, "the Home Depot wants to give them the extra tools that they may need to be successful."

This Saturday (October 27), the Home Depot in Watertown will host free "Mission: Transition" career workshops for local vets looking to move into the job market.

The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m.

Hart, an Army veteran himself, will help lead sessions on job search strategies, interviewing techniques and resume optimization - spelling out exactly how military experience translates into civilian job skills.

"For example," Scheer said, "I was a combat engineer and I did construction before I joined the military and combat engineering helped me refine those skills so that when I came to Home Depot I knew what I was doing."

The workshops are open to any active-duty military member or veteran transitioning into any civilian career, whether with Home Depot or anywhere else.

Space is limited. Attendees must register online in advance at http://careers.homedepot.com/military.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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