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Texas implements local lawmakers law for veteran’s job skills matching

Austin – As required by Senate Bill 389 by State Sen. José Rodriguez, and sponsored in the House by state Rep. Cesar Blanco, the State Auditor’s Office has reported that it finalized research and identification of  the military occupational specialty codes, for each branch of the United States Armed Forces, that correspond to positions in the State’s Position Classification Plan.

Officials with the senator’s office say this is a key step in ensuring that military veterans are able to match their skills to state employment opportunities.

“This helps Texas serve veterans who want to continue their work in public service through state government employment,” Rodríguez said. “We owe it to veterans to provide ample employment opportunities once their service is complete, and implementing this bill is one step forward in fulfilling that promise.”

Representative Blanco adds, “As a Veteran who has experienced the transition from military service to civilian life, I am working to ensure Texas veterans make a seamless transition into the workforce.  This law is a win for Veterans and I’m proud to have worked with Senator Rodriguez to pass this important legislation.”

Texas law sets a goal that 40 percent of state employees be veterans. However, in 2014, less than five percent of state employees were veterans. One reason for this may be veterans have a difficult time identifying state jobs for which they may be particularly qualified for because of employment experiences gained in the military.

Under S.B. 389, the State Auditor’s Office identified military occupational specialty codes, which are utilized by the U.S. military to identify a specific job, that match state job requirements.

Specifically, the State Auditor’s Office has created a military crosswalk document, as well as a military crosswalk guide, that will assist state agencies in determining the applicable military occupational codes to include on their notices of employment openings.

Author: Senator Joe Rodriguez’s office

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3 comments

  1. wine721@yahoo.com'

    I am getting so offended of the stuff being given and made a preference in any job hiring session for the VETS!

    What about those that could not serve because of medical reasons or some other reason!

    I understand why the vets are getting all the jobs but at some point others need to get job offers also!! Oh well thank you for your service vets!

    • brianmcgovern@gmail.com'

      Richard,

      I can tell you from personal experience that even with a so-called preference, veterans often have just as much difficulty finding employment as non-veterans. Oftentimes, employers operate under the assumption that combat veterans are “damaged goods,” or that we all suffer from some degree of debilitating PTSD. As a veteran, I’m obviously biased, but I believe my fellow vets and I are arguably more valuable employees than many of our civilian counterparts. Here’s an article that explains why: http://www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/docs/em_goodemployees.html

      Additionally, a recent study suggests that military service improves race relations, which is obviously beneficial in any workforce: http://elpasoheraldpost.com/study-military-service-improves-race-relations/

      From one job seeker to another, I wish you the best of luck in your search.

      Brian

  2. lskier@earthlink.net'

    Mr Wineman, don’t get offended. Veterans preference is one of the privledges afforded but there hundreds, if not thousands of programs that benefit, the poor, the mentally ill, the homeless, etc. to help them find jobs. You must be willing to do the work though. As for getting a state job the problem, in specific is the web site that folks must apply on – if that was fixed the ratio of hired vets would probably go up significantly.