- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Starting next week, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is putting on a series of workshops he hopes will help veterans learn how to properly showcase the skills they learned in the military when applying for civilian jobs.

The South Carolina Republican is announcing the effort Wednesday. In advance of that release, he told The Associated Press that many military members have very marketable skills but are unsure how they’ll fit into a civilian job.

“They’re excited, they’re competent and they’re also nervous because their world is driven by a rankings system that no longer may apply,” Scott said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Many of the comments that I’ve heard are, do you think my skill set will really work in the civilian world?”

Workshops on how to transfer those military-specific skills are planned Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Greer and North Charleston, in hopes of reaching veterans throughout the state. Scott said that he hopes the sessions will help veterans learn about what education they might need to transfer skills from a job like a medic or military police member to a similar civilian position.

More sessions anticipated for December and January will be focused on teaching veterans about available educational and entrepreneurial resources, as well as resume writing and interviewing skills. Scott says that the effort is, in part, preparation for veterans’ job fairs he’ll be putting on early next year in South Carolina.

“Having the skills and articulating the skills are sometimes two very different strengths,” Scott said. “I am very optimistic.”

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