Why Hire a Veteran

Already there are reports of military veterans landing jobs as a result of the connections they have made during the Minnesota Veterans Career Fair held on July 16. Three veterans were hired by E.J. Ajax & Sons, a metal stamping company in north Minneapolis that had a booth at the event. One of the veterans, Curt Jasper, received the job offer just two days after the career fair.

“Combined, these three veterans have 50 years of experience,” said Erick Ajax, co-owner of the company. “Where else can you find such a group of talented and skilled workers?”

The company hired Matthew Greseth with 14 years of experience in the U.S. Army Reserve; Thomas Searles with eight years of service in the U.S. Army; and Curt Jasper, with 28 years of military experience in the Minnesota National Guard. Both Greseth and Searles are currently active in the reserves.

Greseth was hired for a position in logistics, Searles as a machine operator, and Jasper as a human resource manager.

Kent Djubek, the company’s president, explained why the business seeks to hire veterans. “They are excellent workers and have a strong work ethic,” he said. “All three of them have been trained in skills that are transferable to civilian jobs.”

For example, while Jasper might not have all of the accreditations for the job, his military experience would more than make up for it, according to Jose Chavarria, a recruiter at the career fair.

Chavarria, a retired master gunnery sergeant/E9 in the U.S. Marine Corps, was hired by the company as a precision sheet metal fabricator in October 2011. Prior to that, he received assistance from DEED’s Veterans Employment Services and training at the Anoka Community College through the Dislocated Worker Program.

Ajax wrote about the company’s positive experience hiring veterans in a column published in the Pioneer Press. He noted that military service has provided veterans with a level of maturity, discipline, critical thinking ability and leadership skills, and hands-on experience with some of the world’s most advanced technology.

“These veterans have learned to work safely, to do the job right the first time,” he wrote. “They know the value of teamwork. They have blended seamlessly and successfully into our organization.”

And with all the skills and talents they bring to the workplace, many businesses report that hiring veterans is simply good for their bottom line. Check out DEED’s website for more details. To find three easy steps to hire a veteran, click here.

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