Career Fairs Counter Unemployment

Career Fairs Counter Unemployment

Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. At least 540 job fairs have been held since then across the country as well as in Puerto Rico.

Nationwide, more than 18,400 veterans and military spouses have obtained work through the job fairs, said Kerion Dawkins, regional associate for the Hiring Our Heroes program.

One specific industry that is mining career fairs extensively is rail. Estimates place the current amount of vetearns working in the railroad sector at 25 percent.

Amtrak announced recently that its goal is for one-fourth of all new hires by 2015 to come from our Armed Forces.

“The leadership, reliability and high-tech skills veterans bring to the job are a great resource to the operation of America’s Railroad,” Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman, a Vietnam veteran, said in a statement published at MLive.com. “I’m honored and proud to add more of our country’s service men and women to the Amtrak team."

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