Illinois National Guard members targeted for civilian employment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Capt. Dutch Grove, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 16:24

SPRINGFIELD, IL (12/03/2013)(readMedia)-- The Illinois National Guard's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) office is experiencing greater success with a smaller approach to helping Illinois Soldiers and Airmen find civilian jobs.

"We have found that smaller job fairs, featuring one or two major Illinois employers and focusing on specific skill sets is where we've had success getting Soldiers and Airmen civilian employment," said Lt. Col. Tim Franklin of Springfield, Ill., the Illinois ESGR program director.

The Illinois ESGR program, in conjunction with the Hero2Hired program, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security will hold a job fair Dec. 12 at the Decatur armory, 5550 Ocean Trail, where Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) will be the only employer recruiting Illinois Guardsmen and Illinois veterans.

"Hiring veterans is good for ADM and good for America," said Mike D'Ambrose, SVP and CHRO of ADM. Veterans bring a set of unique skills and attributes that make them great employees; Veterans are reliable, dedicated, hardworking, quick learners and strong leaders, providing companies with the competitive advantage to succeed."

ADM representatives will meet with individuals interested in working as truck drivers, maintenance workers and general laborers for ADM at the Dec. 12 event.

"By holding a single-company employment event as opposed to a job fair with dozens of potential employers, we can target unemployed and underemployed Soldiers and Airmen with specific skills in specific areas of the state and match them with employers like ADM," said Darrell Melrose of Washington, Ill., the Employment Transition Coordinator for Hero2Hired.

While the large-scale, multiple employer job fairs will continue, Melrose said it is likely there will be more small-scale, targeted hiring events in the future.

"Matching the right Soldier or Airmen with the right skills to the right job is our focus and if narrowing our target rather than casting a large net is successful, we'll keep doing it until everyone has a civilian job," said Melrose.

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