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Employment Resource Team prepped returning Soldiers in Kuwait

Addressing the unemployment issues felt by the Citizen-Soldiers of the deployed 1st Brigade Combat Team, an interagency Employment Resource Team (ERT) traveled to Kuwait in early March to prepare them for reemployment

The team, 11 people in all, were from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the St Paul Chamber of Commerce and recruiters from corporations including Target, Best Buy and US Bancorp

Maj Aaron Krenz, chief of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, was also on the team "This was an eye opener," Krenz said "The Soldiers were thirsty for what the civilian executives had to say to them - and the executives cut to the chase They challenged Soldiers by asking "˜would your resume warrant an interview?' "



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Over five days, the ERT advised 1,080 National Guard Soldiers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Missouri and Tennessee The ERT also advised 12 Army Reserve Soldiers The Soldiers listened to presentations on how to sell themselves, and worked one-on-one with civilians practicing interviews and cleaning up their resumes

More than 80 percent had created a resume and completed a GPS LifePlan, mapping out their professional goals, before the ERT stepped foot on ground

"The Soldiers were prepared for the training," said Krenz

According to a DEED survey completed in January 2012, an estimated 19 percent of the Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team deployed to Kuwait will be unemployed when they return this spring

For information on the three-step process for veterans to get a job, and the three steps for employers to hire veterans visit wwwPositivelyMinnesotacom/Veterans

2nd Lt Melanie Nelson
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon
13 Mar, 2012




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Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
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