To help veterans of all ages make the transition from military service to the workforce, communities, including Woburn, are taking part in a nationwide Hiring Our Heroes job fair campaign.
The job fairs are geared specifically toward veterans and have helped more than 10,000 veterans and their spouses get hired.
Hiring Our Heroes will be at the American Legion on Lexington Street Thursday, Sept. 13 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Several companies have already signed on to take part, including CVS, Aerotek, Exit Realty, Liberty Mutual Insurance and the United States Postal Service.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes job fairs and Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a veteran Marine sniper who served in Afghanistan, have partnered with Toyota nationally to help returning troops and veterans make the transition from military to civilian jobs.
Meyer, the first living Marine in three decades to receive the Medal of Honor, will be on hand at certain job fairs around the country to meet veterans and address the challenges they are currently facing. Toyota will back a “Personal Branding Initiative” to help translate veterans' military skills into terms that employers will recognize on a professional resume.
“The U.S. is currently facing an unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans of more than 12 percent, which has the potential to increase as troops return home from overseas," said Don Esmond, a former Marine and senior advisor for Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. "We believe the Personal Branding Initiative is an important step forward in addressing this challenge because it helps veterans translate their military experience into marketable skills."
Besides being a resource for career guidance and advice, the job fairs are a way for veterans to meet other veterans in their towns and discuss their skills and prospects together.
Upcoming Hiring Our Heroes job fairs in Massachusetts are:
September 12, 2012 – Dedham, MA
September 13, 2012 – Woburn, MA