| Capt. Jason Anderson: A Veterans Employment Success
Jason J. Anderson, a captain in the Minnesota National Guard and the subject of this month's Veteran Employment Success Story, does more than just preach his best practices for finding employment - he lives them every day, even while running the most mundane of errands.
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Once, while Anderson was out shopping for a blender, a conversation with another customer at a common bed and bath products store turned into a prime networking opportunity. After discussing the merits of different blenders, the spontaneous encounter transitioned to employment, and Anderson was ready to hand his contact information over to the other customer, whose husband was a well-connected businessman.
"Always leave the house dressed professionally, and carry your business cards," Anderson said. "I almost landed a job while buying a blender!"
Those two tips were just two of many Anderson used as part of a complete employment strategy after he was laid off from Lockheed Martin. In addition to his list of best practices, Anderson reached out and built a working relationship with a Department of Employment and Economic Development Veterans Employment Representative. Both efforts were essential in him landing a project management position with U.S. Bank in August.
"I wouldn't have received the job offer if not for the DEED representative," Anderson said. "Now I work in the IT [Information Technology] office and support the team. Eventually I'll be working my own projects, but this is a good way to get in and learn how U.S. Bank operates."
Anderson's path to employment with U.S. Bank began when he attended the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs' Job Fair at the Earle Brown Heritage Center on July 11. He arrived prepared, and after a bit of networking and utilizing one of his employment strategies - in this case being prepared with a 30-second elevator speech that outlined who he was and what he was looking to do professionally - Anderson was introduced to a U.S. Bank employment representative working a booth at the Job Fair.
After handing the U.S. Bank representative his resume - which Anderson paid to have professionally done, another tip he swears made his resume stand out - he was contacted by Human Resources and was interviewed less than a week later. By conducting mock interviews with his Family Readiness Group leader, Jeanne Lyons, Anderson was well prepared and made enough of an impression to be asked for the all-important second interview, which ultimately led to his hire.
Though Anderson wasn't part of the large 1st Brigade Combat Team's deployment to Kuwait last year, he did directly support the mobilization while assisting in the pre- and post-deployment efforts as part of the brigade's rear-detachment. He utilized the 3-Step Employment Process, which was created in preparation of the 1st BCT's return, and was able to get his career back on track.
Prior to the 1st BCT returning home in May, Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash led an initiative to send an Employment Resource Team to Kuwait to help job-seeking service members with resume writing, career planning and resources to help the 526 unemployed members of the 1st BCT find work when they returned home. To date, 454 of those service members have found employment.
Anderson, with 13 years of total service in the Army, is the A Co., 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division company commander. When he was an active duty, enlisted Soldier, Anderson deployed to Bosnia in 1997. After a brief time out of the service, he enlisted with the Minnesota National Guard and almost immediately went to Officer Candidates School. Anderson was deployed to Iraq from 2005-07, and completed a liberal arts degree while there. Anderson's education continues today, as he is working on his MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Minnesota National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor position changes hands
Posted: 2014-09-29 02:36 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn.- Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham took responsibility as the Minnesota National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor from Command Sgt. Maj. Cynthia Kallberg during a ceremony in St. Paul, September 27, 2014.
Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, described Kallberg as a leader, technical expert, mentor and trailblazer. Kallberg took on the position of Senior Enlisted Advisor in December of 2011 and is the first female to hold that position in the Minnesota National Guard.
Minnesota National Guard leaders discuss suicide during suicide awareness roundtable
Posted: 2014-09-25 01:09 PM
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 22 veterans in the U.S. are lost each day to suicide. And while statistics vary from state to state, from age group to age group and from organization to organization, suicide is undoubtedly an issue for those who have served and their families.
Leaders from the Minnesota National Guard talked about the topic of suicide in a recent round table discussion on Minnesota Military Radio during a September show in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month. (To listen to the complete show, visit http://minnesotamilitaryradiohour.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/MMR091414.mp3)
Congressman Walz to receive prestigious NGAUS award
Posted: 2014-09-24 09:27 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn.- U.S. Congressman Tim Walz was nominated for and ultimately awarded one of the National Guard Association of the United State's top accolades after being nominated by Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash this past spring.
"It is with great pleasure that I endorse Minnesota's First Congressional District, U.S. Congressman Tim Walz, for the Charles Dick Medal of Merit," Nash wrote in his nomination letter to NGAUS. "His track record of commitment to the National Guard and to the State of Minnesota is commendable."