The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, or ATEC, recently welcomed the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, or DLLR, to present information about workforce development services available for veterans and other individuals seeking employment.
Workforce development services are located nationwide in facilities known as American Job Centers, or AJCs. Maryland AJCs are part of a network of workforce organizations providing training and employment strategies, services and initiatives. The Susquehanna Workforce Centers are a subset of Maryland AJCs serving Harford and Cecil counties. Local job seekers and businesses can find a full range of assistance at the centers at no cost to achieve their employment goals.
Roslyn Jones, regional veteran employment manager for the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation in the Department of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, explained the two main positions of the veteran staff of AJCs; the local veteran employment representatives, or LVERs, and disabled veteran outreach program, or DVOP, specialists.
“A LVER, such as myself, either searches for employers who want to hire veterans, or will encourage employers to hire veterans,” Jones said. “DVOP specialists work directly with veterans ensuring they have access to all workforce development services that will make them job ready.”
According to Jones, AJCs provide a wide range of assistance in areas such as career counseling, job search and job listing, interviewing techniques and resume assistance.
Jones said AJCs help veterans and eligible spouses take full advantage of priority of service, or POS.
“Priority of service is a service for veterans that will give priority to veterans and their eligible spouses, or eligible caretakers, at an earlier time,” Jones said. “POS could be given for training, employment, and placement services.”
Jones gave an overview of the Maryland workforce exchange website, an online services system for job seekers and the workforce that provides quick access to employment tools.
“The Maryland Workforce Exchange is the Maryland Department of Labor’s job board, which is similar to the Indeed or Monster employment websites,” Jones said. “Job seekers can look for jobs and upload resumes, and employers can use this tool to find candidates for jobs.”
Jones concluded the discussion with tips about carrying out successful job searches and provided a list of online resources to aid in workforce development.
For more information about the Army’s Soldier for Life program, visit https://soldierforlife.army.mil.