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 Brandon Harting, who helps connect veterans to jobs, training and other services at WorkSource Colville, serving Stevens, Lincoln, Ferry and Pend Orelle counties.
Brandon shares how he and his co-workers at WorkSource Colville helped both a veteran and his spouse successfully find the right jobs for their needs.
My name is Brandon Harting and I am the consolidated veteran services representative at WorkSource Colville.
I want to talk about a veteran and his spouse who we helped find jobs. They not only found jobs, but found the right jobs for them.
This story starts with a veteran who was a combat medic in the military. After he separated from service, he wanted to move on from a medic-focused profession. His dream was to work in a mechanical field, where he could work with his hands – in maintenance or in plumbing.
I helped identify some barriers he might have and we worked through some strategies for him to market himself better. I connected him with a local employer and helped him set up a job interview. This veteran had a job where he was making minimum wage or maybe a little over minimum wage, with no benefits, and was able to springboard to a job that pays him great wages for the area, with full benefits.
He was so happy with WorkSource that he told his wife about us and what we could do for her. So, she came into the office and I introduced her to one of my colleagues, with whom she built a great relationship. My co-worker helped her with resume skills and interview skills, and then helped her apply for and get a job with the county. Now this veteran’s spouse also has higher wages than she had before, with full benefits.
At WorkSource, not only can we help veterans and their spouses find jobs, but we can help find the right jobs for them. We help all job seekers – and we really enjoy it!