Workshop helps veterans find jobs

Richland Veterans Services held a free employment workshop Sept. 13 allowing veterans to convene and network with a number of employers, explore job opportunities, sell their military skills to civilians, learn to ace job interviews and land their dream job.  The workshop took place in Sabine Hall and was sponsored by Evolve Fit Dallas, the Uptime Institute, and connectVETS.org.

Employers including Texas Instruments, Cyxtera, CBRE, and Uptime Institute explained everything that the vets needed to know in a Q&A panel format.  The event required everyone to bring printed copies of their résumés and wear business casual attire, as potential interviews were to follow the workshop and the companies would be examining résumés.

According to Forbes, 91 percent of employers search for employees on social media to look for any red flags. Todd Bermont, an author, job search expert and radio host, discussed LinkedIn and how it should be used when searching for jobs.

Bermont is the author of “10 Insider Secrets to a Winning Job Search” and former host of “Your Career on Lone Star Radio FM 104.5.” He has also been featured on Fox News, CNN, ABC News Now, CareerBuilder and Forbes.

Although he is not a veteran himself, Bermont said he feels “that he has an incredible gratitude to those who have put their life on the line for our nation to allow us to enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy and to allow us to live in the best country on earth.  This is the first workshop I‘ve done where you do both training and include employers.”

Bermont is based in Houston and he hopes to continue job workshops in San Antonio and Austin if it becomes successful here.  Among those who attended the veterans workshop was a married couple from Hawaii who recently moved to the DFW area for new opportunities for their children and themselves.

Charles and Becky Kaniho met while they were in the Air Force. She became a stay-at-home mother who raised five children.

“We came to this workshop to get as much information as we possibly could to improve our résumés, to network, to see what’s out there and we received a plethora of information. We’re thankful we came today,” said Becky Kaniho. “We’re definitely going to see some improvement on my résumé. We got some real critical pointers on how I should present myself on an interview, among other things, on what to say while you’re in an interview.”

Attendants who enjoyed the event thanked those who put it together for them.