November 23, 2020

MaxYield attends seminar to leverage resources to connect veterans with jobs

In addition to learning about the employment needs of our veterans, Diane Streit, MaxYield HR Director and other HR professionals were given a ride on a Chinook helicopter used by the military.

In addition to learning about the employment needs of our veterans, Diane Streit, MaxYield HR Director and other HR professionals were given a ride on a Chinook helicopter used by the military.

SPENCER, Iowa (KTIV) – Original story plus video interview from KTIV

In Northwest Iowa, it’s considered the “first of its kind.” A training seminar for human resource personnel. The people that could hire veterans looking for work.

“We feel it’s our obligation to try and help returning veterans to find opportunity and employment here in the state,” said Alex Oponski.

Alex Oponski represents Northwest Financial Corp.. He’s just one of over 50 businesses invited, on behalf of the Northwest Iowa and Southwest Minnesota Society for Human Resources Management chapter, to the Iowa Armory in Spencer on Tuesday.

“Allows the opportunity for employers to connect with any, and all, resources that help military men and women transition into the workforce,” said Mike Koenecke, president of the Northwest Iowa and Southwest Minnesota Human Resource Association.

The goal was connecting and educating on HR representatives on to potentially hire active and former military.

On board the Chinook.

On board the Chinook.

“What are some of the specific skill sets that they have,” said Diane Streit, representing MaxYield Cooperative. “Then I can go back to my company and kind of match those up with jobs we might have available for them.”

Guests listened to anything from how military members transition to the workforce to the initiatives and programs already in place meant to aid military members and work professionals.

“Home Base Iowa, the VA (Veterans Affairs), we’ve got ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve), just to name a few,” said Koenecke.

In turn as part of the seminar, potential employers got to learn about some of the skills that potential employees would have used on a regular basis.

“We’re also letting them know well there’s current on-board guardsmen, too, that look for jobs,” said Colonel Timothy A. Glynn.

Colonel Timothy Glynn spoke on behalf of Home Base Iowa. An initiative that not only helps veterans locate potential jobs, but gives veterans initiatives to make Iowa a permanent home. For Glynn, the subject matter had a deeper connection.

“This happened to me back in 1992,” said Glynn. “I came off active duty and came back looking for a place to live and a job.”

Some businesses admit they might not always find what they need through this.

View out the back of the Chinook.

View out the back of the Chinook.

“Being a financial institution, it is difficult for us to find veterans who have those qualifications,” said Oponski.

Oponski says he’s optimistic they could still refer these potential employees to other opportunities.

 

 

 

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