Job Fair To Feature Career Opportunities For Veterans
by: Troops to Trades
November 15, 2015
By James LaPorta
More than 50 career opportunities are slated to be available for area veterans at an upcoming job fair hosted by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s NCWorks Career Center in collaboration with Onslow County’s Disabled American Veterans Organization-Chapter 16.
The job fair will be held at the Disabled American Veterans-Chapter 16 building at 300 Sherwood Road in Jacksonville from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 24. The job fair is open to all military veterans, active duty personal and eligible individuals, according to a press release.
The job fair will also offer free preparation workshops to prepare potential applicants for resume writing, interviewing skills, proper attire and the application process to securing job employment, according to the release.
The Veteran Job Fair underscores the veteran unemployment rate that has been in a steady downfall, hitting a seven-year low last year at 5.3 percent, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The BLS reported that as of 2014, 21.2 million Americans are military veterans with 10.2 million having found employment with 573,000 unemployed; 10.5 million were not actively in the labor force or seeking employment opportunities.
Moreover, post 9/11 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, the most impacted group of veterans facing unemployment in 2013 at a 3.5 percent higher rate when compared to other veteran populations, had a significant drop in their unemployment statistics, despite the mass exodus of troop strength within the Department of Defense over the past few years, according to CEB research. As of last year, the unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans was 7.2 percent — a substantial decline from 12.1 percent in 2011, according to BLS reports.
According to the Office of Personal Management and The President’s Council on Veterans Employment, which comprises 24 different federal government agencies, approximately one-third of all new hires in fiscal year 2014 were veterans — an all-time high.
Research by CEB in 2013 found that on average, a military veterans’ job performance is 4 percent higher than their colleagues with no military experience. CEB — a best practices insight and technology company based in Arlington, Virginia — says that for a 1,000-employee company, the annual revenue streams improve by $6 million and leads to $1.3 million dollars in savings.
“Veterans bring incredibly valuable skills and expertise from their military service to the private sector,” CEB HR practice leader Brian Kropp said in an email statement. “Despite this, most organizations fail to invest in improving their veteran hiring programs, saying that they struggle to find veteran candidates and successfully map their military expertise to job skills.
“Veterans are not only higher performs than average employees, but they also are less likely to turnover. By working to increase the effectiveness of their veteran hiring programs, organizations can not only boost employee engagement but also improve their bottom line.”
To register for workshops or receive additional information about the job fair, call 910-347-2121.