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Which of the following applies to you?

  • *Un/underemployed military service member, veteran or retiree from any branch
  • *Un/underemployed military spouse
  • *Part of an organization that provides support of any kind to veterans or military members
  • *SC employer or hiring manager who wants to hire military, or already does
  • *Someone who knows a military job seeker or military-friendly employer


Learn more about the statewide services and resources available through Operation Palmetto Employment this Thursday, August 28 from 4-6 p.m., part of the VetSuccess on Campus Speaker Series at the Airport Campus of Midlands Technical College

Register Now! September 24: Resume Writing & Interview Skills Training

blue_cross_betterEntering the civilian job market for the first time — or the first time in a while? Plan now to attend a Resume Writing and Interview Skills Training Workshop* on Wednesday, September 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bluff Road Armory (1225 Bluff Road, Columbia, 29201).

Hosted by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (BCBS) and open to ALL military community members and military spouses, the workshop will provide the tools and knowledge needed to rebuild your resume and improve your interviewing skills.

BCBS trainers will discuss the following:

  • * The purpose of a resume
  • * How to read the requirements in a job description before applying for a job
  • * Essential resume content, format, and different resume styles
  • * The purpose of an interview
  • * Different types of interviews


Participants will also be able to practice their interview skills, including how to apply the STAR interview technique. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn valuable tips from the hiring managers themselves — no matter what industry you’re looking to enter!

*To ensure a take-home workbook, please RSVP no later than noon on Friday, September 19 via the form below.

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Upcoming Job Fairs (Aug-Oct 2014)

jobs exitATTN Military Job Seekers! Several job fairs and hiring events are coming up in the next few weeks. Find one in your area and contact your local Employment Advisor to critique your resume and make sure you’re fully prepared to make a good impression. Want to practice with some sample interview questions? Find them (and other resources) in our Job Seekers Toolkit!


Tuesday, August 26 (12:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
N. Charleston | Military Sealift Command Job Fair
Trident One-Stop Career Center, 1930 Hanahan Road, Suite 200, N. Charleston, 29406
Several civil service mariner positions available! READ MORE

Tuesday, August 26 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Charlotte | Veterans Career Fair & Diversity Job Expo
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 201 S. McDowell St., Charlotte 28204
Free admission. Pre-registration and professional business attire required. READ MORE

Tuesday, August 26 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Charlotte | Transition and Benefits Career Fair
Charlotte Convention Center Ballroom, 501 S. College Street, Charlotte, 28202
Part of the 96th Annual American Legion National Convention; free for employers and job seekers. A workshop for veterans and other military job seekers that focuses on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation, and interviewing starts at 9:00 a.m. READ MORE

Wednesday, August 27 (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
N. Charleston | SC Lowcountry Career Fair
DoubleTree by Hilton, 7401 Northwoods Blvd., N. Charleston, 29406
First hour is reserved for veterans, active duty military and military spouses. READ MORE

Thursday, August 28 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Sumter | Operation Get A Job at Shaw Air Force Base
Shaw Community Activity Center, 413 Recreation Street, Shaw AFB, 29152
More than 25 employers and educators include Bridgestone, Michelin, Central Carolina Tech,  AT&T, SC Department of Public Safety, and Verizon. The Community Center is located across from the bowling alley on campus. (803) 895-1088.

Thursday, August 28 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
West Columbia | VetSuccess on Campus presentation at Midlands Technical College
MTC Airport Campus, Academic Center (Room 143), 1260 Lexington Drive, W. Cola, 29170
Job seekers and employers can learn more about OPE’s individual case management for military job seekers, job search tips, and statewide resources available for job seekers and hiring managers looking to tap into the military talent pipeline. READ MORE


Wednesday, September 3 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Charlotte, NC | Charlotte Career Fair
Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 JM Kenes Drive, Charlotte, 28262

Monday, September 8 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Charlotte, NC | Charlotte Career Fair
Crowne Plaza Charlotte
5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, 28217

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 16-17 (12:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
Clemson University | Clemson JobLink Career Fair
Littlejohn Coliseum, 1 Avenue of Champions, Clemson, SC 29632
Open to students and the general public. Employers include those in engineering, technical, non-technical, business, and social services industries. READ MORE

Wednesday, September 24 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Greenwood | Upper Savannah Job Fair at Greenwood Mall
420 SC Hwy 72, Greenwood, 29649


Thursday, October 2 (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Greenville | SC Works Job Fair
McAlister Square, 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville 29607
Vets/military only from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Opens to the general public at 9:00 a.m. (864) 467-8080.

Stay up to date on the latest statewide job fairs and hiring events! Subscribe to OPE News on the home page of Operation Palmetto Employment, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@OPEJobs). For the latest local announcements, also follow the SC Works partner in your area: @SCDEWinfo, @SCWORKSinfo,  @SCWorksMidlands, @SCWorksPeeDee, @SCWorksUpstate, @SCWorks_LC, @UpperSCWorks, or @SCWorksWorklink.

OPE Success Stories + August 28 Presentation

Photo by Maj. Cindi King

U.S. Army Spc. Anthony Brown-Thompson, a military policeman in the 132nd Military Police, S.C. Army National Guard, works on his resume while attending the Veterans to Work (VOW) Act employment workshop at the Bluff Road Armory, Columbia, S.C., Aug 14, 2014. Brown-Thompson of Charleston, S.C., recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan and is seeking employment.

Training, connecting and supporting South Carolina’s military job seekers and civilian employers is what Operation Palmetto Employment is all about.

Two recent examples include VOW Act Employment Workshop Training for transitioning service members of the South Carolina National Guard, and new careers for three Upstate veterans through a partnership between South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) and Cooper Standard in Spartanburg. We look forward to many more success stories like these as we continue to build upon the statewide initiative launched by Governor Nikki Haley in February.

If you are (or know) an unemployed veteran, military service member or family member, OR if you’re a civilian employer or hiring manager looking to tap into South Carolina’s military talent pipeline, please contact us today.

In the Midlands? Learn more about Operation Palmetto Employment on Thursday, August 28 from 4-6 p.m., part of the VetSuccess on Campus Speaker Series at the Airport Campus of Midlands Technical College. The public is invited to attend.

3 Communication Methods to Master Before Your Next Interview

interview spedometerInterviews can be stressful, but they don’t have to be. To make a good first impression, hiring managers suggest that you master three communication methods: 1) HEAT, 2) STAR and 3) answering practice interview questions with a trusted friend or colleague.

Wondering about those acronyms? HEAT stands for humility, engagement, attitude and a timely, complete response. STAR translates into situation, task, actions and results. Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and Combat to Corporate author Chad Storlie recently wrote about these methods on the Task & Purpose blog, one of our favorite content sources for military job seekers.

Click here to learn how to ace your next interview, be sure to follow @TaskandPurpose and @CombatToCorp on Twitter, and contact the OPE Employment Advisor in your area to connect with South Carolina employers ready to hire.

Smart Tips from USA Jobs

usa jobs picWe’re always on the lookout for good info to share with military job seekers. As the Federal government’s official jobs site, features much more than just job listings. There’s a special section just for veterans, and their online Resource Center is full of helpful hints, FAQs and tips.

We’ve combed through several of their videos already. Here are a few of our favorites for practical information that will help you make the most of your job search and interview process, no matter where you apply!

  1.  Most Effective Resumes
  1.  Writing Your Federal Resume (Video)
  1. 5 Tips for Communicating Your Qualifications (Video)
  1.  Does Military Rank and Grade Qualify Me for a Specific Federal Pay Grade or Level? (Video)
  1.  Do You Need a Degree for a Federal Job? (Video)
  1. Federal Occupations by College Major

Remember: If you’re transitioning from a military to civilian career and aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help! Please contact the Employment Advisor in your area for one-on-one help with your resume, interviewing skills, job leads and more!