#PowerofaJob: WorkSource leads veteran through “scary” transition to civilian life

Happy Workforce Wednesday!

As partners in Washington state’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.

Every week, we spotlight a different Power of a Job success story. This week, we bring you Jennifer MacArthur, a veteran who turned to WorkSource Lynnwood for help when she left the U.S. Coast Guard. Jennifer found out just how helpful WorkSource can be to veterans making the transition back to civilian life.

Here’s Jennifer’s story:

I recently separated from the U.S. Coast Guard. I finished my six-year enlistment and started looking for work.

I started coming to the WorkSource computer labs to find out how to start applying for jobs. It was a little scary at first and all completely brand new. But the staff was very friendly and answered all of my questions.

I worked with the veterans specialists at WorkSource. They have a lot of connections and know plenty. They’re a really good resource. If I had to start over, I would use them again.

Also, I went to see the TAP [Transitional Assistance Program] instructor in Everett. If any separating veterans can get in touch with their TAP instructors, they’re a wealth of knowledge and information on how to help veterans. I recommend that.

They helped me apply for federal jobs, one of which I just got: auxiliary affairs specialist with the Coast Guard. During that process, they helped me learn how to get online and check my application status.

Once I got an interview, I came to WorkSource and a staff person helped me with my interviewing tactics. I recommend that help to anybody trying to get a job. Definitely set up an appointment before your interview. They were very helpful and I do believe it helped me with my interview.

When I got the job, WorkSource helped me file a request for “standby” [unemployment] claim to help with expenses until I begin work in a couple of weeks. Happy Workforce Wednesday!



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