Jun-18-2014 Christie Administration Supports "Hiring Our Heroes"
Labor Department and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Join Somerville Job Fair
“Our veterans have a great deal of skills and experience to offer any employer, and most businesses in New Jersey know that. My department is always ready to assist in career fairs such as the Hiring Our Heroes events hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion as part of our larger effort to help all former military people secure meaningful employment,” said Commissioner Wirths.
The career fair, which was also attended by representatives of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, followed an employment workshop held at the Legion post to offer veterans, active duty military members and military spouses an opportunity to learn job hunting tools and receive tips on how to translate military experience into job skills, as well as find transition assistance and information on training programs.
Dozens of employers looking for qualified candidates set up interview and information tables at the event. The employers ranged from national companies to local businesses.
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development has nearly 40 representatives, many of them veterans themselves, who are dedicated to helping former services people who need employment. The department is actively working with an estimated 18,000 veterans through its One-Stop Career Centers.
The Christie Administration remains a committed partner with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s "Hiring Our Heroes" initiative and continues to work regularly with veteran service organizations such as the American Legion, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS) to help veterans find employment.
Today’s “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair was co-sponsored by the U.S. Chamber, DOL Vets, the American Legion, Merck, the New Jersey Committee of ESGR, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Goodwill Industries International, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the New Jersey State Parole Board, NBC News, and other local partners.
Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths greeted employers and job-seekers at the well-attended
Hiring Our Heroes veteran employment fair at American Legion Post 12 in Somerville.