Outreach Program seeks to find employment for veterans

| October 2, 2015
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hireveteransCHILLICOTHE, Mo. — An Outreach Program in Livingston County aims to find work for veterans in the area. Click play below to listen to KMZU’s Ashley Johnson visit with Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Workforce Development Specialist, Bobby Barlow, and Veteran’s Representative for Department of Economic Development Division of Workforce Development, Justin Hirniak:

Show-Me Heroes is designed to work with veterans who have barriers, and prepare them for the work place. According to Bobby Barlow, Disabled Veteran’s Outreach Program Workforce Development Specialist, the program creates work ready individuals.

“Every veteran that comes in is different,” Barlow said. “They have different concerns. They come in from retirement. They come in from just spending four years and not having any knowledge of how to translate their military skills into civilian skills. They have no idea how to construct a resume. They don’t know what it’s like to be a member of an interview.”

Barlow’s goal is to work with veteran’s and develop workforce skills, including interviewing, communication, resume building and leadership. As veteran’s work to overcome barriers, Justin Herniak, Veteran’s Representative with the Department of Economic Development Division of Workforce Development, works with employers to create an understanding and good relationships.

“Bobby gets them job ready,” Herniak explained. “They overcome any barriers that they might have – a lot of these veteran’s don’t have employment barriers, they just need priority of service to work on their resumes. Those employers that might be concerned, we don’t discuss those at the end of the day. We primarily target the merits of those service members coming out.

“Once you get with those employers and really put these service members’ resumes in front of them so they can review them, in a lot of cases, they forget about it immediately. They’re really getting work ready service members who have served their country.”

Both Barlow and Herniak are veterans, and enjoy the opportunities presented to them to work with other veterans through the program.

“The one thing that is common in every service, every branch – we are all brothers and we help each other,” Barlow said. “We would fall on a grenade for any one of us. Whether you’re army, navy, marines … it makes no difference. When you can help one another, the same way we used to help in the military, it’s a good feeling.”

Veterans seeking assistance in regaining footing in the workforce can find it at any one of the websites below:

www.jobs.mo.gov

www.showmeheroes.mo.gov

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