HARRISBURG, PA — In observance of Veterans Day, Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak is recognizing the sacrifices made by members of the United States Armed Forces and reminding current and former members of the military about the free employment and training services available every day to veterans through PA CareerLink®.
“This Veterans Day, I’d like to extend a personal ‘thank you’ to our veterans for their service and sacrifice to secure the blessings of freedom, democracy and the unmatched opportunity that we enjoy in the United States,” said Secretary Oleksiak. “Our veterans deserve our support, especially when it comes to building a successful, family-supporting career outside of the military. PA CareerLink® offers an array of opportunities for veterans to learn new skills and revamp their careers during and after their service.
“Labor & Industry wants to remind veterans that we welcome them to take part in workforce development programs and comprehensive employment support services, in-person and online, at our 60 locations, and through the job search engine, JobGateway® to improve their employment outcomes.”
Each PA CareerLink® office has specially trained local veterans employment representatives who provide veterans with a full range of in-person or virtual employment services, including job development and referrals to training, government, and community veteran service agencies. These representatives also help veterans match their job skills to employer job openings and can contact employers on behalf of a veteran for consideration in hiring.
By law, PA CareerLink® offices give priority to qualified veterans through administration of the Veterans Program. Disabled veterans also receive additional priority and assistance. PA CareerLink® representatives focus on helping those veterans with service-connected disabilities readjust to civilian life.
If you are planning to leave military service, Pennsylvania’s Transition Assistance Programs (TAP) offers job-search assistance and related services to separating service members during their transition into civilian life. TAP consists of workshops where attendees learn how to conduct job searches and prepare resumes and cover letters and participate in mock interviews. Current labor market information is provided, as well as an evaluation of employability relative to the job market. Veterans’ benefits are also covered.
Additionally, the Pennsylvania Veterans Registry provides veterans with information about benefits, programs, and services that are available to them. The registry allows the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to achieve a higher level of communication and outreach to veterans, their family members, and the people who work with them.
For more information, visit PA CareerLink® online or call 1-866-858-2753 to find the location nearest you. Additional information about other veterans’ programs can be found by contacting the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs online or by calling 1-800-54-PAVET.
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