10:33am

Tue November 27, 2012
Business

Colorado Veterans Get Free Help Connecting with Employers

As November winds down, the state's Department of Labor and Employment is still working to help unemployed Colorado veterans connect with employers during "Hire a Veteran Month."

''Colorado businesses are looking for the best employees – and veterans are ideal candidates,'' said Executive Director Ellen Golombek in a release.

Lee Tibbetts is a Veterans Employment Specialist with the state Labor Department. He calls the initiative a ‘military- to-civilian pipeline’ that offers hands-on help for veterans – by veterans -  to ensure they are job-ready.

"We will review resumes, we will make recommendations; we have a list of resources available to these veterans that they can take advantage of," says Tibbetts. "We have free workshops here that really help veterans make that transition back into the civilian community."

Tibbetts says he appreciates Governor Hickenlooper's official proclamation setting aside the month of November to highlight veterans’ employment issues -- but notes that they can get help 12 months out of the year.

More than 39,200 service members in Colorado have received assistance this year through local Workforce Centers or HireAColoradoVet.gov.

Hear my interview with Veterans' Employment Specialist Lee Tibbetts about how veterans can find job-seeking and training assistance in Colorado.

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