Virtual Career Fair For Veterans On Thursday
Military veterans looking for new careers will be able to connect with 60 companies at a virtual career fair on Thursday.
Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit which helps veterans transition to civilian life, is hosting this free event August 13 from 10am to 3pm. Registration will be open through the event itself, for veterans and military spouses.
“Veterans and military spouses bring great value to companies. We always hear from companies about the success they have with that population,” said Stacy Kramer, Hire Heroes USA employer relations assistant program manager, in a company statement.
The companies involved include Northrup Grumman, RailWorks and the U.S. Border Patrol. A full list is here.
According to Ashley Owens, an employer relations specialist with the organization, there will be plenty of ways for job seekers to find companies looking to hire.
"They can connect via video. They can connect via chatroom. And then employers will list their current openings on the platform for candidates to reference and apply."
Job seekers will need computers with internet access, but they won't need webcams to participate. Hire Heroes USA said that employers would be able to start video chats with candidates who grant access. "Job seekers are encouraged to dress for success and research employers participating in the event ahead of time," the organization said in a press release.
Owens said that military veterans have leadership experience that employers want, and they also often have security clearances that are useful. The challenge, she added, was for a veteran to explain his accomplishments to a civilian representative.
"A lot of military experience is compiled into jargon that can be difficult to understand," she said. So when a veteran is talking about their brigade or their battalion, those terms simply don’t resonate with the civilian sector."
More than 1,000 people have already registered.
Last year, Navy Federal Credit Union published a study on the best careers for veterans. Health care, public administration and defense contracting topped the list.