#Powered by jobs: Veteran business owner makes it his mission to hire vets using WorkSource

Happy day before Workforce Wednesday! This week’s blog post comes a day early as we celebrate with a story for the July Fourth holiday and our nation’s veterans.

This week’s post features Jeff Woolever — a U.S. Navy veteran and business owner who looks to WorkSource to help him hire veterans. We caught Jeff on camera after the annual YesVets celebration at the state Capitol last year.

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 are Powered by Jobs. Today’s post from Jeff is a Powered by Jobs post.

I’m Jeff Woolever, owner of West Coast Training. We’re a school and training center for crane and heavy equipment operators.

We’re veteran owned, and when we hire, we look for veterans to fill our positions. We’re always looking for talent, and have brought many veterans on board by working with WorkSource when we have an open position. When other employers ask me where I find my staff, I recommend they use WorkSource.

We have hired veterans primarily as training instructors and also as administrative staff. The veterans we have brought on board have always been a good addition to the team. We like having veterans on the team because they are mission and task oriented and know how to serve something greater than themselves. We have always had great success with that.

I would recommend any employer try to seek out veterans at their local WorkSource office. Meet your YesVets [Local Veterans Employment Representative] rep and let them find quality folks to work on your team.

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