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Translating military service into civilian jobs

New system helps veterans translate their military service into the civilian workforce

Veterans often have a tough time translating their skills to civilian jobs when they leave the military. The title gunnery sergeant doesn’t mean much to most civilian employers, and it can be difficult to explain how a cavalry scout can contribute to the sales team.

To help unemployed veterans solve this disconnect, the state has rolled out a new software program at its 34 career centers that matches work experience with open jobs. The system analyzes the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a user’s previous positions and finds the best crossover occupations within a given salary range. Called TORQ, for Transformational Occupational Relationship Quotient, the online program is available to all job seekers, but state officials say it will be especially beneficial for veterans. TORQ, which looks at 120 attributes for each job title, broken down by knowledge, skill, and ability, includes more than 9,700 military occupations from all branches of the services.

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