Our Veterans Employment Specialists are part of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. We serve our fellow veterans by providing expertise in job and training opportunities. Our program began in 1980 and has a long and distinguished history of providing guidance to veterans with employment needs.
Our partnerships with local Workforce Centers allow any veteran who has served at least one day of active duty to receive additional support with their job search. Our Employment Specialist team provides intensive services to veterans and eligible spouses facing significant barriers to employment.
All veterans receive priority in all of Colorado’s Workforce Center services, and have the opportunity to work with the highly skilled, professional Workforce Center staff to find a job that maximizes potential.
CDLE’s Veteran Employment Specialists provide one-on-one assistance to eligible veterans and spouses seeking guidance in obtaining employment. Our team is dedicated to helping you understand and align your skillsets with available opportunities across the state. Our goal is to provide you with the information necessary to make confident career choices. All of this at no cost to you.
Let us be your one-on-one career coach. As fellow veterans, we know how to help. Our specialists know firsthand what businesses are looking for in a résumé, and the questions employers are likely to ask in an interview. We’ll guide you through:
In addition to assistance from one of our specialists, be sure to take advantage of our Colorado Workforce Center Services:
Hiring candidates who fit your job needs can be difficult, but have you ever considered targeting your search to veterans? Veteran job seekers are frequently overlooked and underrepresented, but are often the strongest of candidates already highly specialized in the following areas:
•Information Technology •Accounting and Finance •Construction •Education •Engineering •Law Enforcement and Security •Human Resources
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is available when hiring qualified veterans and can reduce employer federal tax liability by as much as $2,400 to $9,600 per new hire.
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Our Veterans Employment Specialists provide a wide spectrum of business services related to economic and employment development. Your local specialist and the network of Colorado Workforce Centers save you time and money by putting their expert knowledge to work to recruit, hire, and help your business thrive by matching the right candidate to your current employment situation. Our cost-free services include:
We’re dedicated to helping you understand your local labor market industry and find qualified candidates that fit your requirements. We review, screen and refer only the most qualified applicants to make the hiring process seamless and take your business to the next level.
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A fidelity bond is provided to the employer free of charge and serves as an incentive to the company to hire a job applicant who is an ex-offender or has an at risk background in obtaining employment. It is a business insurance policy that protects the employer against financial loss due to theft, forgery, larceny or embezzlement caused by employee dishonesty.
The Federal Bonding Program assists a job applicant in overcoming barriers to employment. It is a 6-month fidelity bond for applicants who are denied coverage by commercial carriers due to their at risk background provided through a partnership between the US Department of Labor and the McLaughlin Company.
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Benefits of the Program: The purpose of the HIRE Vets Medallion Award is to recognize employers who hire and retain veterans, including their efforts to establish employee development programs and veteran specific benefits to improve retention. Award recipients will have the opportunity to utilize the medallion in the marketing of their firm as a veteran friendly business when hiring, and in efforts to attract additional business. Detailed information about how to gain eligibility can be found at HIREVets.gov.
HIRE Vets Medallion Award: Successful employers will receive a certificate stating the award year and a digital image of the medallion to use, including as part of an advertisement, solicitation, business activity, or product.
• United Way Directory : Dial 211 from any phone • O’NET OnLine: onetonline.org • eBenefits: ebenefits.va.gov • Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation: 303-914-5550 • Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net, or send a text to 838255 • Unemployment Insurance Benefits: coloradoui.gov • Free Legal Service: coloradolegalservices.org • Veterans Resource Portal: veteransresourceportal.org • National Resource Directory: www.NRD.gov • Online career exploration tool: VirtualJobShadow.com • Career Transition and Professional Credentialing: colorado.gov/dora-military
Colorado Department of Labor & Employment's Employment Representatives throughout the state provide veterans with career guidance and employment services. Additionally, our Workforce Centers offer career assistance to all individuals who are eligible for veterans’ services.