Workforce1 Veterans Employment Initiative: Getting Veterans Back to Work
According to the American Community Survey, of New York City’s 104,000 veterans under the age of 65, more than 8,600 are unemployed. And many more are in jobs that are not meeting their needs or those of their families.
With the draw downs in Iraq and Afghanistan, we know that thousands of additional veterans will return to New York City over the next five years and begin the transition back to civilian life and work. The employment outlook for these returning veterans is concerning, particularly among veterans aged 18 to 24.
In 2011, Workforce1 served 3,700 veterans and placed more than 800. Considering the landscape, there is a real opportunity to do more for these returning veterans as well as those already accessing the Workforce1 Career Centers.
That’s why we are launching the Workforce1 Veterans Employment Initiative in partnership with the Robin Hood Foundation and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Workforce1 is committed to connecting a greater number of veterans and their spouses to employment opportunities and other supportive services that meet their qualifications and needs.
If you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran, you will receive priority of service at all Workforce1 Career Centers and assistance in translating your military skills and experience in your job search. This means that you will:
- Be served first by the next available staff member and
- Receive priority access to career services and training opportunities.
Starting on July 9th, we are also opening a dedicated Workforce1 Veterans Career Center. This new center, staffed by veterans, will:
- Help you leverage the leadership, skills, and experience you gained in the military to improve your job search
- Lead workshops covering topics, such as career exploration, job readiness, resume development, and interview skills
- Assist you in accessing education, training opportunities, and other benefits
- Connect you to job opportunities with employers committed to hiring veterans
- Refer you to the right agency, community partner, and/or veteran serving organizations for resources beyond employment
- Follow up with you regularly
Before you visit this center, remember to:
- Dress professionally
- Bring an official form of identification
- Bring proof of military service, such as your DD-214 or NGD-22, if available
- Carry a hard copy of your resume
- Call ahead to learn more or schedule an appointment
Workforce1 Veterans Career Center
60 Madison Avenue, 7th Floor
Between East 26th Street and 27th Street
New York, New York 10010
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Directions: The Workforce1 Veterans Career Center is located at 60 Madison Avenue between East 26th and East 27th Streets. By subway, take the 6, N, or R train to 28 Street. By bus, take the X1 to Avenue of the Americas/West 23rd Street, the X7 to 5 Ave/ 28 Street, the M01 to Madison Ave/East 27 Street, or the M23 to East 27 Street/Broadway.
Opening July 9th, 2012
Kelly Dougherty is a Senior Advisor at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the agency that manages Workforce1. Kelly will be contributing regular columns to the Workforce1 Career Blog with news, insight, and advice to help military veterans in their job search.