Story by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Jordan
CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Soldiers moved with purpose and care their next mission would require training, experience and quick thinking. They leaned forward, made eye contact, extended an arm and handed one of many recruiters a résumé.
The North Carolina National Guard Education and Employment Center (EEC) partnered with Central Piedmont Community College for a Veteran Career Days, Sept. 8 – 9, 2015, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
"We (ECC) average three job placements every two days, that is what I am proud of," said Army Maj. Frank Poovey, North Carolina National Guard director of education and employment services.
Workshops, held Sept. 8, on job searches, cover letter and résumé writing, prepared the veterans for job interviews and successful job networking.
"It is a great thing for me," said Pfc. Darrell Hopkins, a medic with the NCNG 30th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
The lessons would be put to the test as the veterans mingle in a room of more than 50 employers.
"It is different, I usually ask if I can work for them (employers), now they ask if I can work for them," said Spc. Darian Hayes, a nine year NCNG veteran with two combat deployments.
There is a constant murmur of greetings, questions on experience and skills, scheduling interviews and questions from employer and future employee. Corporate leaders try to match the Military credentials the veterans bring to the needs of the workplace.
"(Credentials) are very important, one Soldier already has the medical certifications and he wants to enhance those skills by going back to CPCC," said Connie Roseborough, Novant corporate recruiter.
The event is not only for the benefit of the employers and veterans but performs a mission critical function keeping the Guard ready to deploy for state and nation.
"It helps overall health of my unit, you want Soldiers concentrating on training not financial stress," said Poovey.
Since the center began in 2013, more than 1,400 Military members have been placed in a civilian job.
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