A few weeks ago, VA held its first career fair and expo in Washington D.C., drawing more than 4,100 Veterans from the mid-Atlantic region. On Thursday, we got some numbers back from the event:
Over 500 Veterans walked away with tentative job offers, with hopefully more on the way.
More than 2,600 Vets conducted interviews with hiring managers from government agencies and private companies like Microsoft, Safeway, and Citigroup
30 homeless Veterans were received and referred to care
I attended the career fair and could barely make my way around the convention showroom. Veterans of all ages and experience bounded to hiring booths, interview lines and resume workshops. Most of the folks I talked to knew that everyone couldn’t walk away with a job, but the event still got resumes polished and interview skills honed.
Now that a model for the career fair has been established, VA is looking to expand the events throughout the country. VA for Vets, our resource to help Vets find careers at VA, will be showcased at the National Veterans Small Business Conference in Detroit from June 25-29.
About 30 percent of VA’s workforce is comprised of Veterans. Secretary Shinseki has pledged to increase that to 40 percent, which I think most Vets would be happy to see.