November proclaimed Hire a Veteran Month

Gov. Rick Snyder has declared November as Hire a Veteran Month and announced a series of upcoming career fairs for veterans.

He urged Michigan employers to consider veterans when making hiring decisions and help returning veterans make the transition from military service to employment.

“Michigan’s nearly 700,000 veterans have sacrificed and bravely defended our nation,” Snyder said. “With their experience and training, they are ready to offer Michigan employers a wide range of business, technical and leadership skills. These returning heroes bring real-world work experience and transferrable skills to the job — qualities Michigan employers can tap to benefit their businesses and help grow Michigan’s economy.”

Snyder announced Operation Vet Connection 2013, a series of career fairs taking place Nov. 4-8 that are designed to build connections between  employers with available positions and veterans looking for new career opportunities.

More than 100 Michigan businesses have registered to participate in Vet Connection 2013 events around Michigan, providing veterans an opportunity to network with hiring employers, showcase their skills and specialized training, and schedule job interviews.

Sponsored by the Workforce Development Agency — Veterans’ Services Division, the Michigan Army National Guard, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, and the Michigan Air National Guard, the career fairs are exclusively for veterans and are not be open to the general public.

The job fairs are scheduled on Nov. 4 in Wyoming at the Grand Valley Armory, Nov. 5 at the Ishpeming Armory in Ishpeming, Nov. 6 at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing, Nov. 7 at Delta College-Pioneer Gym in Saginaw and Nov. 8 at the Detroit Light Guard Armory in Detroit.

Hours for all five events are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The events are free and registration is not required.

Veterans who attend should bring a current resume, transcripts or training records, and a photo ID.

The Veterans’ Service Division, in conjunction with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, is also offering a new program that will provide veterans with free IT training.

Details of the program will be announced in mid-November.

“We should be focused on easy access to employment-related information and resources for all Michigan residents, especially our veterans. We need to ensure employers understand the value of military service and education,” said WDA Director Christine Quinn. “And we need to assist our veterans by taking their military experiences and translating them into private sector skills demanded by employers. We must break down silos by working together toward a common goal – jobs for all Michigan residents, including our veterans.”


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