(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Director Matt Damschroder today announced two new services for veterans and military spouses on OhioMeansJobs.com.
Veterans registered on the website are now prompted to complete a brief questionnaire asking if they would like to receive one-on-one help with their job searches. In addition, the resumes of military spouses are now designated with a red and blue “S” to make them stand out to military-friendly employers – much like veterans’ resumes that are flagged with a “V.”
“We are proud that Ohio is home to the fifth-largest veteran population in the nation and we are always looking for ways to support our military members and their families,” said Governor DeWine. “By offering individualized assistance to veterans and military spouses during their job search, we are creating another way to say ‘thank you’ to our servicemen and women and continuing our commitment to making Ohio the most military-friendly state in the country.”
Veterans who indicate they would like one-on-one assistance with their job searches are contacted by an employment specialist at their local OhioMeansJobs Center. Ohio has OhioMeansJobs Centers in every county. Veterans and their spouses can visit the centers for help writing their resumes, practicing interviewing, and applying for jobs in their area. They also can attend employment workshops, get career coaching, and get referrals to local training program service providers. All veterans in Ohio are given priority of service in referrals to job openings and other services.
“Ohio’s 700,000-plus servicemen and women served our nation honorably, and their spouses have made sacrifices as well,” said Director Damschroder. “These are just two additional ways we can repay them, by helping connect them to meaningful civilian employment with employers who value and honor them.”
At OhioMeansJobs.com, veterans can get help translating their military job experience into civilian experience, post their resumes, and find hiring events in their area. They also can view a Military-Friendly Employer Registry which lists employers who are looking to recruit and hire veterans. To date, more than 7,400 Ohio employers have designated themselves as military-friendly. This means they are interested in employing and supporting members of the military, veterans, and their spouses.
For more information on resources available to service members, visit the Military Members and Their Families web page.