Job fairs helping veterans find employment
BY JERRY WOFFORD World Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
More than 300 veterans and spouses were expected to attend the Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair on Tuesday.
The event was sponsored in part by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has held more than 350 job fairs targeting veterans across the country in the last two years.
Among the employers at Tuesday’s event in Tulsa were law enforcement, first responders, manufacturing and sales from the private and public sectors. Resources to help veterans continue their education or get guidance for their resumes were also available.
Chief Information Systems Tech Yolanda Berry said having all those resources on hand helped her get a better idea of the opportunities in the Tulsa area. She is is on active duty with the Navy at the Broken Arrow Armed Forces Reserve Center but plans to retire soon.
“This is a better way than spending hours online,” Berry said. “It allows us to get a feel.”
Denise Reid, director of talent strategies for the Tulsa Regional Chamber, which coordinated the event, said many employers are looking to hire veterans.
“The military is known for being responsible and on time, all of the things the employers seek in a job-ready candidate,” Reid said. “We have a community very engaged and interested in supporting veterans and their families.”
U.S. Army veteran Travis Lambert (right) talks with Tulsa County sheriffs deputy Latif Whitsett (left) during a job fair for armed forces veterans at Expo Square in Tulsa on Tuesday. More than 75 companies were on hand during the career fair. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World