Career fair held Thursday for veterans and spouses

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Local veterans and their spouses met with dozens of employers at a career fair Thursday specifically for them.

The fair is organized by Recruit Military, a national company that connects veterans with jobs, and the Disabled American Veterans. It was held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Michigan Road.

More than 50 local and national employers were there. More than 550 veterans and their spouses pre-registered.

“This is a key opportunity for all veterans,” said Stephen Balczo, a spokesperson for Recruit Military. “Whether it’s National Guard, reserves, active duty, former or retired, this opportunity’s for you. The opportunity is unrealized unless you show up.”

Unemployment among veterans has historically been considerably higher than the civilian rate. Balczo said their statistics show, conservatively, about 50-percent of people who attend the career fair walk away with an interview and 20-25-percent end up with a job. The success rate is largely because the employers recognize veterans have a special set of skills.

“We know that the military is very disciplined and they have that high quality that they’re looking for in an employee. We like the idea of someone who is able to take initiative somebody who is not afraid to get their hands dirty,” said Jennifer Clark with Indiana Foundation Service.

Veterans at the career fair said it was helpful to have a chance to speak with potential employers, who understand their unique background.

“It’s very useful meeting with employers who understand how veterans resume could be non standard compared to someone who has only had civilian experience…it’s also useful in talking with people who have job opportunities who help you translate the military lingo to civilian job opportunities,” said veteran Leroy Brown.

Veterans can also submit an online profile and attach a resume. Click here for the Recruit Military website.

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