FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Bill Thoennes or Cher Haavind
Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
303-318-8003 or 303-318-8004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (3/1/12) – On Friday, March 2, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will join with the Colorado Employer Support of the National Guard and eight other community-minded partners to create the Military and Veterans Employment Expo, a recruiting event designed to connect veterans, military members and their families (including retired, separated military, Reserves and Guard members) with a wide variety of job opportunities.
Whether you’re ready to make a major career transition or simply want to explore your options, you’ll find employers at the event who will be interested in talking with you.
The Military and Veterans Employment Expo
Date: Friday, March 2
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 1460 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs
Please Note: Registration is required for entry to this special event
To register, visit http://www.mvee.org.
Employers at the Military and Veterans Employment Expo are seeking workers from entry-level to experienced or supervisory. It’s a great chance to meet with many prospective employers in a brief period of time. More than 100 Colorado employers are participating – all with real jobs – making this job fair one of the largest ever staged for veterans, active duty members, including National Guard and Reserve, and spouses.
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans Employment Training Service, the Employment Partnership of the Armed Forces and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will be on-hand to talk with job seekers about their career goals and how to reach them, helping service personnel make the transition into the private sector workplace as easy as possible.
Job seekers should keep in mind that the recruiters they talk with will be closely screening them for job openings they are ready to fill. Attendees should be personable and ready to summarize their skills in an exciting environment. Bring copies of your résumé (and please note that some employers will require an active security clearance) and dress for a job interview. “The goal is to leave a clear impression of the benefits you have to offer,” says Elaine Edon of the Department of Labor and Employment. “If you’re prepared, you could walk out of the Military and Veterans Employment Expo with a great job offer.”
Colorado is home to more than 12,000 National Guard members and Reservists and 425,000 veterans. Despite their valuable experience, work ethic and training, veterans face unemployment rates significantly higher than the general workforce population. According to recent Department of Labor and Employment statistics, the 2011 annual average unemployment rate for Colorado veterans 20 years old and older was 9.5 percent, a full percentage point higher than for the rest of the Colorado workforce last year.
Among Iraq-Afghanistan era veterans, the national unemployment rate in January was 15.2 percent.
The Military and Veterans Employment Expo (MVEE.org) is a collaboration of 35 community, government and non-profit organizations, including the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment; the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs; the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans Employment Training Service; the Colorado National Guard; the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce; the Colorado Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Project: Return 2 Work and Employment Partnership of the Armed Forces. Military and veteran job seekers and their spouses can register for this event at http://www.mvee.org.