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 Luis Torres — a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program representative at WorkSource Central Basin in Moses Lake. Luis’ job is to help disabled veterans find jobs, training opportunities and referrals to other community services — whatever it takes to serve those who served.
Here, Luis tells about how he helped a veteran whose physical limitations didn’t allow him to continue in his usual line of work.
I’m here today to talk about a veteran I worked with named Scott. He was 51 and needed a job that was no longer too physically demanding. He had worked in maintenance type jobs and needed something in a more supervisory or management role.
I helped him revise his resume, gave him job referrals and worked on his interviewing skills.
During that same time, we had a hotel being built in the area — the Fairfield Inn. Our Business Services team and our Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER), Eileen Boylston, was working with the hotel management team. She set up some “Employer of the Day” events [where WorkSource highlights a local employer and often hosts a job fair].
At one of these events, I spoke with the hotel’s general manager. She told me she was having a hard time finding a solid maintenance manager. I let her know that I work with veterans and that veterans have really strong leadership skills. I told her I knew some veterans with maintenance backgrounds.
So she asked me to invite these veterans to a group interview she was hosting. I referred a couple of veterans, one of whom was Scott. She was very impressed with Scott and offered him a general maintenance manager position.
He accepted and helped them finish the hotel, including the walk-through inspection, and got the hotel ready to open. The general manager told me, “This guy is amazing and exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much!”
Scott also was very happy to be given the opportunity. The job allowed him to continue doing what he knew how to do in a manner he could physically continue to do.
“Luis, I love my new job. Thank you for all your help,” Scott wrote to me in an email. Scott also mentioned that the hotel needed more staff, and we’re working with the general manager to hopefully fill more positions with veterans.
One of the things I’d like to stress and highlight is that WorkSource offers more than just job referrals. We work behind the scenes and advocate for you to ensure your success.