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GSP to host workshop focused on employing veterans

Published on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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GSP to host workshop focused on employing veterans
The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District will host a workshop in March to help veterans better understand how to translate their military experience while applying for civilian jobs.

The workshop is part of Edge4Vets, a national program, and it will include some of the largest employers on the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) campus and the Upstate.

It will be held March 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the GSP Conference Center. Registration is required by emailing [email protected].

“We are proud to bring Edge4Vets to South Carolina,” said Dave Edwards, GSP’s president and CEO. “This will be a good opportunity for Upstate employers to identify talent while mentoring veterans transitioning into the workforce or those looking for new opportunities.”

Some of the companies participating in the workshop include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, United Airlines, the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, airport concessionaires and Clemson University.

GSP is serving as the pilot airport for the program in South Carolina. Upstate Warrior Solution, a nonprofit supporting veterans across the Upstate, is leading the recruitment of veterans for the initiative.

“Many veterans have valuable skills that are beneficial to employers, but they sometimes have difficulty selling themselves,” said Tom Murphy, Edge4Vets’ founder. “People serving in the military learn to work as a team and they sometimes don’t think in terms of their individual accomplishments and skill sets. Some also become so accustomed to using the language and lingo used in the military that civilian employers might not understand what they are saying. These slight adjustments can make a difference in a veteran landing a job and getting on a desirable career path.”

The March 29 workshop will help veterans set goals and they will receive access to an online course to help polish their “PLAN4SUCCESS.” The event will also give them a network of contacts that can help with resume writing, interview prep and continued mentoring.

 

 

 

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