The Salt Lake Chamber is teaming up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Davis Chamber, Ogden/Weber Chamber, Utah Department of Workforce Services and the Utah Veterans and Military Employment Coalition, to host “Hiring Our Heroes – Salt Lake City,” a hiring fair for the region’s veterans and their spouses. The event is part of the U.S. Chamber’s 100-city “Hiring Our Heroes” initiative, which thus far has connected more than 30,000 veterans with more than 1,700 employers, helping 2,600 veterans land jobs.
The are over one million unemployed veterans in the country according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Just under 5,000 live in Utah–the 10th lowest figure for any state in the nation.
Just last week, the Chamber held a panel discussion with local business leaders who have jobs they cannot fill simply because they cannot find workers with the right skills and education levels. Many veterans have skills that will help fill these jobs.
Potential employers have an advantage when hiring veterans. Those who have served in the military bring intangible skills to the workplace that often don’t show up on a resume. They are disciplined, hard working and often posses leadership skills beyond those of non-veteran workers.
This event is one of the largest fairs to date, bringing Salt Lake-area employers together with hundreds of local veterans. The event spans two days, Nov. 1 features a veterans job search seminar and a veteran business ownership workshop. The Nov. 4 event features a government contracting seminar from 9 a.m. to noon and a Hiring Our Heroes Job & Veterans Benefits Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants include companies ranging from America’s biggest employers to dozens of small companies from across the state. These companies are looking for veterans of all levels of rank and experience.
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