#Powerofajob: WorkSource helps a veteran start a great manufacturing career

It’s Workforce Wednesday, when we spotlight Power of a Job success stories.

This week Torry, a veteran and a rising star for his employer, tells us about his new job in aerospace manufacturing. He took advantage of the resources available at WorkSource Everett and used WorkSourceWA.com to connect to a great career!

Here is Torry’s story:

I am Rich Torgeson, supervisor of the components department at ATS (Aerospace Technical Services), in Everett. I oversee seven different shops and seven different leads report to me on our activities. Recently our recruiting department found Torry Confer for our electrical shop, through WorkSource Everett.

Torry: I decided to get out of the military after six years of service and tried college for the first time in my life. One of the things I realized going to school – it was not for me.

Someone I met said I should try WorkSource Everett. I visited the center where they helped me improve my resume, improve my interview skills and get training. On their website [WorkSourceWA.com], there were lots of job openings listed, including the manufacturing company ATS. [I was interested, so] the WorkSource center reached out to them for me and said they were interested in setting up an interview.

Rich: He [Torry] interviewed extremely well, presented himself very nicely, was knowledgeable and well spoken.

Torry: At the interview, I told them about my prior military experience with aviation and electronics troubleshooting.

Rich: The interview went really well. They offered him a position and within a couple weeks, he was in orientation to start work. Once he got into the shop, I was so relieved because it is hard to find people who have a zest for getting things done. Staff have to consume tons of technical data and because he is a very smart person, he picked it up quickly. Now he has fast tracked himself on our progress-scale at an accelerated rate. This is wonderful because maybe 25 percent of folks have that ability and even less have that inspiration to go out of the box and go beyond. Torry has been a great addition to our electrical shop and I see him accelerating into leadership in the coming years.

Torry: I highly recommend going to your local WorkSource office, where they can help with your resume (just as they did with me), and get a job that you can use.

Rich: Get with WorkSource and they will get with companies like ATS to find you a place where you can have long-term employment, and even seniority, which is a great thing to have in a company. I highly recommend that for anyone who is looking for a new job or a career path.

As a partner 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, which are Powered by Jobs, to help them find employees.

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