Kevin Reaves needed a way to take the skills he learned in the military and translate them to a civilian job.
Taking the ACT WorkKeys® assessments and receiving an ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC) has helped him do just that.
“The ACT WorkKeys assessments were a real eye-opener. They showed me what I’m capable of doing.”
Kevin Reaves, Able Manufacturing and Assembly
“It was exciting to find out the level of my skills, how they apply to civilian jobs, and that they are the skills employers seek in employees,” said Reaves.
“I definitely recommend that veterans looking for civilian jobs earn an NCRC credential. It will benefit you.”
The silver-level certificate Reaves earned got his foot in the door at Able Manufacturing and Assembly in Joplin, Missouri, where he assembles cabs for specialty vehicles, such as those used in the construction, mining, and agriculture industries. Able is a full-service supplier for major original equipment manufacturers, including Kawasaki, Caterpillar, Case New Holland, and Siemens Corporation.
Reaves knew if he wanted a good job with one of the best employers in the Joplin area he’d need an NCRC credential. “It’s pretty well known in this area that some of the most reputable employers-the companies everyone wants to work for-require or request an NCRC credential,” he said.
Susan Adams, director of human resources at Able, can attest to that point. “The Joplin business community has truly embraced the NCRC credential. The word is out that an applicant’s resume or application will get quick attention if it has this credential attached to it.”
Since 2008, Able has used the certificate as a tool for evaluating applicants at the company’s two plants in Joplin and a third plant in Pittsburg, Kansas. “We prefer applicants who have the NCRC credential, but we don’t require it,” said Adams. “However, it’s unusual for us to see applicants who don’t have it.”
Reaves is one of 23 military veterans Able has hired since 2010 under the Missouri Show-Me Heroes program, which connects veterans to jobs when they return home from active service. He served as an avionics technician in the US Navy.
“Able has always encouraged military veterans to apply for positions at our company because we know many of them have the skills we require,” said Adams. “We encourage them to earn an NCRC credential to demonstrate to us how those skills can be used in our jobs.”
More than 2,400 Missouri employers have joined Governor Jay Nixon’s Show-Me Heroes program, leading to the hiring of more than 3,600 Missouri veterans. The program asks Missouri employers to recognize the sacrifices made by returning veterans by pledging to interview veterans first for job openings. Governor Nixon presented Able Manufacturing and Assembly a “Flag of Freedom” award for the company’s participation in the program.