Attend the Employer Training Event

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Every year Operation Palmetto Employment hosts the annual summit that provides opportunities for businesses to learn about the OPE program and how they can contribute to hiring veterans in South Carolina. Because we understand that not everyone can attend the summit in Columbia, we are traveling across the state to bring this employer training event to you.

The Employer Training Event will take place in three different locations:

  • Greenville, SC | July 20, 2017
    SC Works Greenville
    225 S Pleasantburg Dr E1
    Greenville, SC 29607
  • Charleston, SC | August 2, 2017
    Johnson Hagood Stadium
    68 Hagood Avenue, 4th Floor
    Charleston, SC 29404
  • Rock Hill, SC | August 10, 2017
    Rock Hill Armory
    524 Heckle Blvd.
    Rock Hill, SC 29732

Each event will be from 10-12 p.m. and lunch will provided to all participants.

If you have any further questions about this event, please contact Elisa Edwards at elisa.m.edwards2.ctr@mail.mil

Upcoming Job Fairs | June 2017

There are several job fairs, workshops and other events this month to help you discover your next career path.
Mark your calendar, RSVP as needed, and please help spread the word! For one-on-one assistance, contact your local Employment Advisor.

Another great place to look for jobs is SC Works. For the first 24 hours that a job is posted the position is in a veteran’s hold; meaning only veterans have the ability to see the position and apply. If you do not already have a free SC Works account, and would like one, click here.

Wednesday June 14, 2017 | North Charleston, SC
Military Community Networking Event
RSVP with CENBSR-CENCARETA@comcast.com for location details, 5-7 p.m.

Upcoming Job Fairs | May 2017

There are several job fairs, workshops and other events this month to help you discover your next career path.
Mark your calendar, RSVP as needed, and please help spread the word! For one-on-one assistance, contact your local Employment Advisor.

Another great place to look for jobs is SC Works. For the first 24 hours that a job is posted the position is in a veteran’s hold; meaning only veterans have the ability to see the position and apply. If you do not already have a free SC Works account, and would like one, click here.

Tuesday May 23, 2017 | Columbia, SC
Veterans Employment Information Workshop
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JB Dorn VA Medical Center, 9-12 p.m.

Upcoming Job Fairs | April 2017

There are several job fairs, workshops and other events this month to help you discover your next career path.
Mark your calendar, RSVP as needed, and please help spread the word! For one-on-one assistance, contact your local Employment Advisor.

Another great place to look for jobs is SC Works. For the first 24 hours that a job is posted the position is in a veteran’s hold; meaning only veterans have the ability to see the position and apply. If you do not already have a free SC Works account, and would like one, click here.

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Aiken, SC
Resource Fair
USC Aiken Business and Education Gymnasium
471 University Parkway Aiken, SC 29801
10-2 p.m.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Lexington, SC
Resource Fair
Brookland Baptist Church Health and Wellness Center
1066 Sunset Blvd West Columbia, SC 29169
10-2 p.m.

4 Strategies to Land Your Dream Job in 2015

2015 startWe’re officially one week into a brand new year.  If you’re unemployed, underemployed, or looking to transition or make a change in your civilian career, here’s the good news: January is a great time to ramp up your job search!

This article from Money.com (which we found it on Twitter via @GoodwillNWNC) outlines four strategies to find the job you want in 2015. You’ll also find a link to CareerBuilder‘s annual job forecast (the best outlook since 2006!), including a list of the hottest industries hiring right now.

Need additional help to find a new job? Contact the OPE Employment Advisor in your area for one-on-one career placement services that include resume assessment, job leads, referrals to relevant education and training programs and more. In January and all year long, we’re here and ready to help!

Consider Hiring a Hero this Veterans Day

1Happy Veterans Day to all those men and women who have served our nation in the Armed Forces. On this special day, we’d like to remind S.C. businesses about all the great resources available to help hire veterans

Operation Palmetto Employment (OPE) and its partners are committed to serving those who have sacrificed for their country. We offer priority resources to members of the military community who are looking for jobs and businesses who are looking to hire them; all of which you can find right here at operationpalmettoemployment.sc.gov.

We hope that you will take advantage of OPE veterans representatives located throughout the state and the other job placement resources we offer through our statewide initiative.

With South Carolina’s unemployment rate for veterans now the nation’s sixth lowest at 4.1 percent, OPE continues to work tirelessly to help veterans with employment opportunities that match their skill sets.

Happy Veterans Day to all those who have and continue to serve.

Announcing Certified Palmetto Military Employers!

Pictured L-R: Mike Rolfe of CB&I, Project Staffing Supervisor for the V-C Summer Project; Charles Kearse and Kevin Owens, Talent Connectors for Verizon Wireless; Mark Schmitz, Deputy Project Manager and Scott Brown, Veterans Liaison, both of Savannah River Remediation (SRR).

Operation Palmetto Employment recently recognized Savannah River Remediation, Verizon Wireless and CB&I as the state’s first Palmetto Military Employers (PME) by Operation Palmetto Employment for their ongoing commitment to hire and retain military employees.

Details on the credentialing process were presented to a select group of employers on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, along with briefings on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Veteran On the Job Training, VetSuccess on Campus, and workforce development through readySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina™.

“This credentialing piece adds some teeth to our program, and provides the metrics and data needed to grow and sustain it,” says Paul Prince, member of the OPE Credentialing Committee and the Volunteer Management Director for S.C. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (SC ESGR). “We look forward to connecting with employers statewide who want to hire veterans and service members — not necessarily because they served, but because they bring a wealth of knowledge, leadership experience and highly transferrable technical skills to the civilian workforce.”

“About 10 percent of our workforce, 196 veterans, are part of our team,” said Schmitz. “I’m proud SRR has helped set the bar in hiring those who have faithfully and bravely protected our nation. We will continue to find ways to tap this important talent pool.” Verizon Wireless has hired 112 service members this year alone in South Carolina, while CB&I currently employs over 900 service members and veterans at five different project sites statewide.

Details on the PME application and credentialing process will soon be available online at OperationPalmettoEmployment.sc.gov. In the meantime, send questions or comments to OperationPalmettoEmployment@gmail.com.

This Thursday in Columbia | Learn more about OPE!

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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

5 Reasons Fire Science Is Ideal for Returning Veterans

The first step for a smooth transition from military service to academic life is often choosing the right program of study. The military prepares individuals to excel in almost anything they choose to pursue, but there are some compelling reasons that that fire science is ideal for returning veterans. . . . .Read More….

5 Reasons Fire Science Is Ideal for Returning Veterans

bootsFor many veterans returning from service overseas, adjusting to life back at home is a challenge. No longer facing imminent danger at every turn or the rigors of life in the military, civilian life can feel un-challenging or as if it lacks purpose.

Veterans who return to college after their tours of duty often face even more challenges. According to the Washington Post, many veterans who enter college post-service face academic, psychological, social and medical challenges that their classmates and professors simply can’t understand. Some veterans report feeling disconnected from the college experience, having seen and experienced the horrors of war.

After all, when you’ve witnessed death and destruction on a daily basis, it can be difficult to get excited about a football game or social gathering. It’s not just the social changes that challenge veterans, either. After spending years with every minute of every day accounted for, it’s difficult to transition to an environment when you’re responsible for your own time.

While many colleges and universities have programs in place to help veterans transition from military service to academic life smoothly, there are many things that vets can do to help themselves. Often, the first step is choosing the right program of study. The military prepares individuals to excel in almost anything they choose to pursue, but there are some compelling reasons that fire science is an ideal subject for veterans to transition into after service.

Familiar Structure

The military relies on schedules: soldiers rise early, follow a strict routine and rarely deviate from their assigned duties. Everything has a checklist, and failing to follow protocol can lead to disciplinary action at best and injury or death at worst. It’s similar within the world of fire science: a single error can have lasting and costly repercussions. While life on a college campus might still be jarring to veterans who have grown used to military structure, the training and preparation to fight fires provides some comfort and familiarity.

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Many counseling professionals and transitional advisers note that students making the transition from the military to college feel disconnected from their classmates who haven’t seen the things the soldiers have — and from their studies, which feel trivial and unimportant. It’s difficult to feel that certain areas of study are valuable when you have seen firsthand the things happening in other parts of the world.

Fire science is often appealing, then, because it is anything but a trivial subject. Learning how to prevent and extinguish destructive fires that can harm — even kill — people and destroy property provides a sense of purpose that may be lacking elsewhere.

fireProvides Excitement and Adrenaline Rush

One aspect of military life that many former soldiers say they miss is the adrenaline rush that comes from the life and death situations they face in the field. Even those soldiers who don’t face danger on a regular basis note that the military life is usually exciting — how can you not be excited by training missions that involve jumping out of helicopters? Returning to civilian life, then, is often disappointing, as civilian life tends to be comparatively quiet and sedate.

Becoming a firefighter can provide the excitement that many veterans are looking for. Facing down a major blaze, performing rescues and protecting life and property can give former soldiers the rush they are looking for while also performing a valuable community service.

Similar Physical Requirements

Firefighters are expected to be nimble and fast while carrying hundreds of pounds of equipment while wearing full gear and wearing full protective gear — much like soldiers, who must meet the same standards. Soldiers are well-equipped, then, to handle the physical demands of firefighting without much difficulty or additional physical conditioning.

Similar Skill Sets

When a fire department team heads out to battle a blaze, each member of the crew has a defined role. If one person fails to do his or her job, the entire effort could be in jeopardy — much like a squadron in the military. Veterans who opt to move into a realm of public administration like fire science often find that the skills they learned during service translate seamlessly to life in a fire house: decision-making, leadership and defined roles and responsibilities are all vital to firefighting, just as they are in military service.

While embarking on a path toward becoming a firefighter and providing service in a new way is an idea fit for many soldiers, it’s not right for everyone. Those dealing with major trauma, either physical or psychological, may find the stresses of fire management overwhelming. However, for many soldiers, it’s a natural transition and one that offers the ideal balance of risk and reward.

Interested? LEARN MORE about becoming a firefighter in South Carolina.

SOURCE: MilitaryVeteranJobNews.com

 

 

 

This Monday, June 23 | Resume Writing & Interview Skills Training

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** NEW LOCATION as of Friday, June 20! Same date and time, but moved to the Bluff Road Armory classrooms. **

Entering 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* this Monday, June 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Classrooms 2-3 of 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 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 20 via the form below.

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