march 23, 2013

Johnson & Johnson, Along with Ernst & Young and Citi Partner with The GI Go Fund to Help Veterans Improve Their Resumes and Build Their Skills During Workshop

Veterans receive resume coaching and skills training at the Johnson & Johnson Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ

Russ Clayton, Army Veteran and Senior Manager Supplier Governance at Johnson & Johnson, instructs veterans about translating their military skills for civilian employers at the Military Veterans Career Transition and Skills Development Workshop

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over 30 veterans were given a unique opportunity to receive job searching assistance from high level employees at the Military Veterans Career Transition and Skills Development Workshop this past weekend in New Brunswick.

Johnson & Johnson, along with Ernst & Young, and Citi partnered with the GI Go Fund to give veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan an opportunity to meet with fellow veterans who serve in management positions at each of these companies to learn more about finding employment. The workshop showed veterans how they can translate their military experience into a civilian career, provided assistance with veterans looking to improve their resumes, and gave veterans the chance to share their transition stories with other veterans who have successfully transferred their military background into steady employment.

Catalin Lascu, an Army Veteran who served in Iraq, said that the workshop was very beneficial for him, and that the companies responsible for the program, especially Johnson & Johnson, did a great job of showing their commitment to hiring veterans.

“A lot of companies talk about helping veterans, but J&J really put its money where its mouth is,” said Lascu. “I see the way they operate, the way they treat veterans in their company and the ones outside the company as well. They brought us in and showed us exactly what we can do to maximize our skillset, and made us confident that we are capable of getting any job out there. They really did a great job all around.”

According to the February report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans of the Post 9/11 era are currently suffering from a 9.4% unemployment rate, almost two points higher than the national average. Opportunities are available for veterans to connect to solid employment opportunities with employers willing to step up, including the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits, which will provide a tax credit of up to $9,600 to employers who hire veterans.

The GI Go Fund is committed to linking veterans to the best employment opportunities and support to find them a steady, solid career. Workshops like these have been a staple of the organization’s efforts to help veterans better prepare for the job hunt, working with corporate leaders like Johnson & Johnson, PSEG, and Prudential to provide resume writing and job interview assistance to young vets transitioning home, and will continue to hold these workshops numerous times throughout the year.

“We are very excited to have the chance to give these veterans the tools they need from the best of the best,” said GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous. “Our priority is finding veterans smarter jobs for the new age economy, and there is no greater way than to work with smarter companies like Johnson & Johnson that lead the way in both hiring veterans and creating 21st century employment opportunities. We want to make sure we not only help veterans translate their skills, but do so in a way that will attract them to the top companies, and we will continue to find new pathways to get veterans into the jobs of the next generation.”