Military veterans with service-related disabilities are invited to explore a variety of civilian employment opportunities at a virtual career fair on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. To show its support, Veteran Recruiting Services is hosting the first ever free online career fair specifically created for vets with disabilities.
The fair will run from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. (EST). Military veterans, spouses and caregivers will be able to connect one-on-one with recruiters at major companies in a virtual atmosphere. All that’s needed is a PC, laptop or mobile device.
“…[E]mployers who recognize and value the skills, training, education, and work ethic veterans bring to the workforce are quickly realizing that hiring veterans makes great business sense, in addition to being the right thing to do,” explained Kevin O’Brien, CEO of Veteran Recruiting Services, in an article for the Huffington Post.
Using a simple online tool during registration, job seekers can focus on finding work that aligns with the skills they acquired in the military. At the event, attendees will be able to approach the tables of their choice and be greeted by a company representative, just like at an in-person career fair. Employers can also schedule follow-up video interviews with candidates.
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The number of service members returning home from deployments with disabilities is staggering. Nearly half of the 1.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are seeking compensation for service related injuries, according to statistics released this past May. Coupled with a sluggish economy, the unemployment rate for veterans with disabilities is now at 8.5%.
In response, organizations like Veteran Recruiting Services, the company that created Milicruit, have been created to help veterans with disabilities find work. According to the VRS website, the virtual career fairs have helped more than 11,000 vets get hired at new jobs.
“Veterans with disabilities have a much tougher time finding employment. Through a virtual career fair we can give them equal access to employers and job opportunities,” O’Brien said in a press release.
Businesses scheduled to attend the career fair include Amtrak, U.S Department of Treasury, Lowe’s, Medtronic, Waste Management, Xerox Business Services, TSA, Progressive Insurance, ManTech, Convergys, AT&T, Comcast, Exelon and Intuit.
Veterans interested in registering for the job fair, and employers who’d like more information on hiring our nation’s service members, can go to veteranrecruiting.com. The event is being hosted on the web by ON24.