Veterans Employment Services
Our commitment to veterans and their families is to provide resources that will help them find employment or entrepreneurial opportunities. Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium complies with the Jobs for Veterans Act by giving veterans and eligible spouses priority of service status for all programs. In addition, our Veterans Outreach Program Specialists provides intensive services to veterans and eligible spouses and can help identify possible educational/training programs under the various GI Bills to aid in becoming job-ready.
Priority of Service
As a veteran you will receive priority status, meaning you will be able to access jobs and will be referred to jobs prior to those jobs being available to the general public. Signage at our offices asks military veterans and their spouses to identify their veteran status to Michigan Works! staff to receive this priority treatment. Employers who have contracts with the federal government also have a responsibility to give veterans preference in hiring under federal law.
Priority of Service is a federal mandate establishing the right of Covered Persons (Eligible Military Veterans and Eligible Spouses) to take precedence over non-covered persons in all federally funded programs from the Dept of Labor encompassing Employment, Training, and Placement Services.
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists are State of Michigan employees who provide intensive, individualized services to meet the employment needs of eligible veterans and spouses with significant barriers to employment. Services include, but are not limited to, guiding the program participant through the process of:
- resume development and increasing resume marketability
- improving interviewing skills and networking
- effectively using social networking
- direct referral to other service providers and organizations
DVOPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Labor in accordance with Title 38 U.S.C. 4103A and 4104. Over the years, they have commonly been called the "Vet Reps." The classifications for this role are is outlined in Veterans Program Letter (VPL) 07-10.
- Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists' primary role is to aid Veterans with multiple barriers to employment.
- In other words, to help those Veterans who would otherwise not be able to achieve a successful outcome without their help.
- DVOP specialists provide direct services to program eligible veterans enabling them to be competitive in the labor market. DVOPs work on behalf of a "Program Eligible Veteran."
- They provide outreach and offer assistance to program eligible veterans by promoting community and employer support for employment and training opportunities,(including apprenticeship and on-the-job training).
Referral to a DVOP
For veterans who are identified by Michigan Works Agency (MWA) staff at the core services level as unlikely to succeed in securing suitable employment through core services, veterans must first have:
- Registered with Michigan Works!
- Posted a resume on the Pure Michigan Talent Connect site
- Completed the Initial Assessment Form provided by Michigan Works! staff
What will your Veterans Specialist do for you?
In addition to using the Pure Michigan Talent Connect, local job postings, and other resources, your Veterans Specialist will use personal knowledge of the local job market to aggressively seek new or upcoming job opportunities by contacting employers on your behalf.
Career Exploration and Planning
Your Veterans Specialist can work with you to examine career paths, educational requirements, job possibilities, wage potential and other factors important in planning your career. Tools may include interest inventories, personal interviews, skills analysis, and others.
Veterans may have other needs that affect their chances of finding a job. The Veterans Specialist regularly networks with agencies and organizations to obtain services. These may include unemployment benefits, health services, living expenses, transportation, training, adaptive equipment, employer accommodations for veterans with disabilities, and others. Assistance with resume preparation, interview skills, bonding, or resolving problems are also available.
Additional Veteran Resources
Veteran's Newsletter: Pure Michigan Veteran Connect - Sign up to receive a bi-weekly newsletter with valuable information on jobs, training programs, educational opportunities, and other resources and services specifically for veterans.
Veterans Employment Rights
Michigan's commitment to veterans is:
To provide information and effective referral assistance to Veterans regarding benefits and services that may be obtained through state and federally funded agencies.
To ensure that Veterans are treated with courtesy and respect by all employment and training providers throughout Michigan.
To ensure effective and equitable services to all Veterans in all state and federally funded employment services and job training programs including those that provide:job referral and job development, occupational and vocational services, and employment and training opportunities.
If you have any questions on Veterans rights to employment services, or if you feel that you have not received fair treatment or effective service from a Governmental agency, please call 1-800-455-5228.