Chantharang Phouapradit, formerly a corporal and diesel mechanic in the U.S. Marine Corps., began looking for work after earning a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering. With job search assistance from Tim Labeau, Mark Mann, Dave Wold, and Grant Heino, all veterans employment reps at Minnesota WorkForce Centers (WFCs), he landed a job at Milltronics –Liberty Diversified International as a manufacturing engineer.
“Tim, Mark, Dave and Grant were a great help to me in getting employed,” he said.
They kept his attitude positive and gave him advice on many types of issues, he noted. Veterans employment reps connect veterans with other non-job related services that are available for veterans.
The vets reps provided links to the company that hired Phouapradit, helping him land two interviews that led to the job offer. He was notified of the vacancy by Mann. Both Heino and Mann later advocated for him as the ideal job candidate at meetings with Milltronics hiring managers. Vets reps such as Mann and Heino have strong ties with specific employers in the area, making it easier for job applicants to get their resumes in front of hiring managers.
Labeau and Wold provided Phouapradit coaching on interviewing and resume writing, and he had several practice interviews with them.
Phouapradit also attended veterans networking groups at the WFCs in Blaine and Brooklyn Park, where he heard from employers about hiring processes, learned job search techniques and shared tips on applying for employment with other veterans. Vets reps facilitate veterans networking groups, which are held at WFCs statewide.
Prior to Phouapradit’s successful job search, he received assistance from a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs program that he used for his college education.
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