In an effort to assist the Cleveland military community as they transition into the civilian workforce, select The Home Depot locations hosted Civilian Career Workshops on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Locally, The Home Depot in Maple Heights was where Chad Rhoades was headed. He'll be retiring from the US Coast Guard soon and wants to be ready for todays job market.
"My resume hasn't been up to par. It's hard to shift from what I did in the Coast Guard to what I can do in the civilian world" said Rhoades.
Megan Jordan served in the Marine Corp for four years. She took part in the workshop and was hired by The Home Depot shorty after.
"It's very difficult without the help of these classes to put what you've done in the military into a resume or application" said Jordan.
The Home Depot, which employs more than 35,000 veterans and active duty military, recognizes the strong skills the military community has to offer - as well as the challenges that many service men and women face in marketing these abilities to the civilian workforce. The company's human resources professionals, in collaboration with veteran associates, conducted half-day sessions focused on job search strategies, resume optimization and interview tips that are applicable to a search in most any industry or with most any employer. The workshops are open to any member of the military or veteran transitioning to any civilian career.
The Civilian Career Workshops are part of a larger initiative, dubbed Mission: Transition, aimed at arming U.S. service men and women with the knowledge and resources they need to successfully transition into the civilian workforce.
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