Dear Fellow Nebraskans:
I am pleased to invite Nebraska’s veterans and their spouses to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes Fair April 24th in Lincoln. The Nebraska Department of Labor is among the sponsors of the fair, one of 400 planned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce throughout the United States this year. Over the past year, these events helped over 9,000 veterans across the country find employment. I am grateful that the U.S. Chamber and National Chamber Foundation for spearheading this event and bringing it to our state.
There are approximately 4,800 Army and Air National Guardsmen and women in Nebraska and thousands more Nebraskans serve in the U.S. Reserves and active military. The enthusiasm surrounding Hire Our Heroes shows that the courage and sacrifice demonstrated by these men and women has not gone unnoticed. Current and former military members bring sought-after skills to the workforce.
Nebraska’s veterans and their spouses are invited to the Hiring Our Heroes Fair Tuesday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.at the Lancaster Event Center. There are 100 employers registered for the fair, representing over 500 job opportunities. More than a dozen sponsors, including military groups and media partners, are working to make the event a success.
This support demonstrates how Nebraskans stand behind our men and women in uniform, both during and after their service. This event brings Nebraska’s employers and service members, and their spouses, together in an environment that creates opportunities for both groups. Nebraska’s service members bring important skill sets and qualities with them. Our Guardsmen and women, for example, have honed skills like leadership, problem-solving, an ability to operate under pressure, time management, and many others. These are abilities that our employers are looking for today.
The same can be said for Nebraska’s military spouses, who have been asked to take on many more responsibilities and roles while their loved ones have deployed. They, too, bring exceptional qualities that are directly transferrable into today’s work force.
A week prior to the hiring fair, the Nebraska Department of Labor hosted a career workshop on Tuesday, April 17th, at the National Guard Armory. The purpose of this event was to help current and former servicemen and women translate their military skills into the civilian job market. Sessions covered resume writing, meeting with employers, professional etiquette and other career topics. Community and service organizations representing a variety of resources were also present.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of Nebraska servicemen and women have served around the world, including duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans, as members of the Nebraska National Guard, the U.S. Reserves and active military. Among these thousands of Nebraska service members are the more than 1,200 Nebraska Army National Guard Soldiers who have returned home to Nebraska from overseas deployments since last May.
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More information about the Hire Our Heroes events can be found online at hoh.greatjob.net and dol.nebraska.gov.