Veterans Forward hosted its new Job-Ready Boot Camp last week! Job-Ready Boot Camp is a small-group program designed to help veteran job seekers navigate today’s job market with an intensive, two-day workshop that helps build the foundation for a successful job search.
The workshop includes some lecture from our expert team, but is primarily hands-on application, so veterans can immediately see improvement in their job search tools. After two days of hard work, participants left with a quality resume, a preliminary target list of companies, and a strong LinkedIn profile with a quality headshot taken by the Veterans Forward team. They also got a chance to practice networking skills within the group and were assigned a personal Veterans Forward Career Coach, who will follow-up with them weekly for the next 30 days to provide customized support to further their job search.
We received overwhelmingly positive responses from the workshop. The attendees were polled on the first day and were asked to rate their current skills. The process was repeated at the end of the second day, and veterans were able to document significant improvements across the board. For example, only 42 percent of attendees agreed that they had skills to successfully network when they arrived on day one, but by the end of Job-Ready Boot Camp, a full 100 percent of attendees strongly agreed that they have what it takes to network!
Job-Ready Boot Camp not only provided the necessary skills and knowledge up front, but it helped build a sense of camaraderie among the Veterans Career Coaches and veteran job seekers; something many of us veterans miss about our time in service. Attendees were hugging each other and swapping phone numbers afterwards: they were already building their professional network!
Our hope is that this trailblazing group of veteran job seekers will have an easier time finding employment with a support system in place. If you would like to join our next session, Job-Ready Boot Camp kicks off again Tuesday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 16 at the Chicago Workforce Center in Pilsen. To register for our next Job-Ready Boot Camp, please click here.