Military vets attend National Grid career workshop

By Dave Bertola

Lissette Lugo addresses Veterans Career Workshop in Buffalo

One military veteran was interested in a line mechanic position. Another was seeking office work. In one-on-one sessions, they received pointers on how to strengthen their resumes. They heard interview tips and learned about the types of work and the range of positions needed across National Grid.

In all, 15 U.S. military veterans attended the Oct. 16 Veterans Career Workshop in Buffalo, the first of its kind at National Grid. As veterans explored National Grid job opportunities and got advice on the best way to apply and interview for them, they also heard from National Grid employee veterans how skills gained in the military can be transferred to jobs in the energy industry.

“We are educating veterans about our hiring process, what they can expect, and what they need to do to succeed in interviews,” said Lissette Lugo, Pipeline Programs, who coordinated the workshop and supports National Grid talent acquisition. “In this way, we’re helping our hiring managers better understand the scope of veterans’ skills when looking at their resumes.”

One attendee commented that soldiers are on call and always need to be ready—experience that fits the many National Grid roles requiring employees to stay prepared, especially when major storms threaten.

Pipeline Program manager Cynthia Angulo noted that National Grid would like to increase the number of veterans hired every year. She hopes that the workshop can be a first step in educating vets about opportunities at National Grid and how to build resumes that can match their skills to those opportunities.

National Grid’s Natalie Terhaar, Community & Customer Management West, assisted Lugo and Angulo in coordinating the event.

One Comment

Josh Weaver

As a veteran and National Grid employee, it is great to hear stories like this. On a hire level, it shows intelligence of catering towards and understanding your audience no matter who they may be. It is a part of the larger picture of inclusion and diversity in action.

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