Happy Workforce Wednesday!
As partners in Washington’s WorkSource system and the American Job Center Network, the Employment Security Department helps people – unemployed or not – find new jobs and learn new skills. We help them experience the life-changing Power of a Job. We also work with businesses to help them find employees because we know they’re Powered by Jobs.
This week we’re sharing a Powered by Jobs story featuring Dion McNeely — a veteran who started as a driver and is now president of Commercial Driving School (CDS) in King County. The Employment Security Department honored CDS with the coveted Hire-a-Vet Award in 2016 for its support of the YesVets hiring program. Over 70 percent of the company’s employees are veterans and 53 percent have a service-connected VA Disability Rating. Here Dion shares his support for the YesVets program after our annual YesVets celebration at the state Capitol in June 2017.
The main reason the YesVets program is important to us is not only because we hire veterans and it’s nice to be recognized for that. But we also work with a lot of employers, and they’re always trying to find out how to hire veterans. When we point out there’s a program that will actually recognize them for hiring veterans, that makes it more important to them — which helps us.
It’s nice to be able to go to my partners and say not only, “I think it’s important to hire veterans,” but also, ”Here’s a whole program that says it’s good and why.”
You know how most companies have an onboarding process? It’s nice to take a service member who’s had a six- to 13-week onboarding process where someone was yelling at them every single day to ours where we’re not yelling at them and they have a really good experience. For us, it’s a real easy transition.
I mentioned it earlier, but our company has almost literally doubled in size almost every year for four years straight, based on our ability to not only hire veterans but also to work with [the veterans representatives at WorkSource who help us with job placement.] That is completely reliant on our relationship with WorkSource.