Upcoming Job Fair for Veterans
(original submission dated February 16, 2013)
A free hiring event is being held in Seattle on March 5, 2013 for veterans, active duty military, guard and reserve members and their spouses. Employers and job seekers will meet face-to-face from 9AM to Noon at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center 2211 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 98121.
The March 5 “Hiring Our Heroes” event is one of a series of 400 job fairs being held nationwide each year to reduce veteran and military spouse unemployment. The goal is to match up veterans and military families with employers who are committed to hiring them.
The event is being held by the US Chamber of Commerce, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service and other public, private and non-profit partners.
According to Bryan Goettel, Communications Director for the US Chamber of Commerce, the Hiring Our Heroes events have steadily gained momentum since they were launched in March of 2011. More than 14,100 veterans and military spouses have obtained jobs and more than 750 businesses have hired employees from these events.
“We’re definitely seeing more enthusiasm,” said Goettel. The number of repeat employers that participate in the events – and describe them as a “positive experience” – is telling, Goettel added.
During its second year, the Hiring Our Heroes initiative is being expanded to include a stand-alone program for military spouses and a sustained campaign to obtain hiring commitments from small businesses.
Information regarding the March 5 event is available at http://www.dva.wa.gov/PDF%20files/events/2013March5HireAmericasHeroes.pdf Pre-registration is required for employers and encouraged for job-seekers.
Additional information regarding the Hiring Our Heroes initiative is available on the US Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes