Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"Reflections" on AJAH

We were thrilled when we saw the latest installment of "Reflections," a quarterly update written by Bill Weber, the president and CEO of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals.

Bill Weber
President & CEO of APSP
A member of the American Jobs for America's Heroes Campaign Advisory Council, Bill generously dedicated his update on March 25, 2013 to AJAH's work.

Of the 358,000 current National Guard citizen-soldiers, Bill notes, 60,000+ of them are currently unemployed.  Bill says that a major challenge for National Guard members is transferring the skills they learned in the Guard to civilian employment.  In reality, Bill explains, the problem is not so much transferring as translating the skills because jobs are often classified quite differently in the military and the private sector.

Bill points out that National Guard members are a great fit for many civilian positions both because of their skills and also because of the other qualities they possess like integrity, leadership, and discipline.  In particular, Bill says many National Guard members would be excellent candidates for jobs in the pool and spa industry. And he would know!

Bill encourages employers to utilize the database and hands-on assistance offered by AJAH and its partners. Highlighting the services offered by AJAH, he concludes that participating as an employer is quite easy and efficient. 

We appreciate the support of Bill and APSP!

If you would like to join APSP in supporting the mission of AJAH, please visit the Center for America website and register to post jobs for heroes.

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