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Department of Workforce Services, Salt Lake City

Experience Counts

Workforce Challenge

"Joe"* was a veteran who was trained in special operations. After his time as a servicemember ended, he began a new career as a business consultant, where he worked for 30+ years, building up to a salary of $85000/year. With the economic downturn, he became unemployed for the first time in his life. In searching for work, he discovered he lacked the computer skills necessary to be considered for employment.

Workforce Solution

After a visit to the Workforce Services office in Salt Lake City, Joe qualified for WIA benefits, Dislocated Worker funds and Veteran benefits. Between these three programs, Joe enrolled in computer courses and began to gain the skills he needed.

Outcomes & Benefits

On January 27, 2011, Joe's experience in consulting with businesses across multiple industries, combined with his status as a Veteran and his new computer skills, helped him land a job with Workforce Services. He now helps other unemployed people prepare to re-enter the workforce and find new jobs.

*Fictitious name

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