The first stop for employment assistance is The Job Center Job Bank. Our county partners at the One Stop will assist and direct veterans to the needed services.
The Job Bank has employment consultants on staff to assist with a variety of employment needs and will refer veterans to a veteran staff member when it is appropriate. Job Bank staff members assist veterans who need minimal assistance conducting a comprehensive job search, and have many resources available such as, computers, and binders with employment opportunities printed out. If a veteran is determined to have need of specific intervention by a state veteran representative, appointments are available on a first come first serve basis.
The roles of state Veteran Representatives (as defined by Public Law 107-288, The Jobs for Veterans Act), have been redefined. A few of the general roles consist of: VISC (Veteran Intensive Service Coordinator) - The focus of the (VISC) is helping those veterans most in need, and those that require intensive services to overcome barriers that hinder them from obtaining gainful employment. Veteran Business Outreach Specialists (VBOS) promote the hiring of veterans in the workplace, as well as promoting and advocating for veterans with schools, and apprenticeship programs to increase employment and education/training opportunities.
Additional services available at the One Stop are training/education benefits through WIA (Workforce Investment Act). Veterans are encouraged to apply for these programs which have walk-in orientation times of: Monday – Thursday at 9:00 am, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. WIA staff will determine eligibility for these programs.
Additionally, disabled veterans may qualify for Vocational Rehabilitation through the VA, and staff members can direct them on where and how to apply for this program.
OTAP (Ohio Transition Assistance Program)
State veteran representatives conduct monthly job search workshops to assist veterans and spouses of veterans with their job search.
The OTAP is a cutting edge program focused on providing the tools that veterans need to conduct a comprehensive, self directed job search that, when followed, will lead to employment. Topics covered include (but are not limited to) Influencing The Hiring Decision, The Hidden Job Market, Interviewing Strategy, Resumes and Cover Letters, and Dressing For Success!
The OTAP is conducted over 2 days and culminates with the participants participating in "Mock Interviews with community based employers, and receiving feedback on their performance. Any veteran looking for work could greatly benefit by attending this workshop.