Veteran's job fair planned for Muskogee

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Updated: 1/22/2013 10:38 am Published: 1/22/2013 10:37 am

The 2013 Eastern Oklahoma Veteran & Military Hiring Fair & Business Opportunity Summit will be held on February 7, 2013 at the Muskogee Civic Center.

The Department of Labor reports more than 1.1 million unemployed veterans, a quarter million of whom are Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, with unemployment rates of 30.2 percent for age 24-under and 17.9 percent for ages 25-34.

The primary purpose of this job fair is to help veterans and military personnel in obtaining gainful employment and to inform veteran and military business owners of available resources and opportunities, such as federal contracts, loans and grants.

During the event, workshop sessions will be scheduled to serve veterans and the businesses they own or work for. Some of these collaborations include: “Business Start Up: From Dreams to Reality - Putting Ideas on Paper” by Barbara Rackley from the REI Women's Center; “Business Plan and Projections”, led by the OSBDC NE Team; “Finacing” by REI and led by Sam Vervaka; with assistance including topics such as web presence and marking your businesses. Gene Snyman, Corp of Engineers, presents “Governmental Contracting/Business Certifications: Contracting with the Government.” John Veal from SBA will present, “Business Certifications, 8A, HUBZone, Veteran Owned, Woman Owned.”

Employment professionals will discuss topics such as: “How to get a federal job”, presented by Chris Ford; “How to Develop a Resume and How to File a Federal Claim and Benefits Doors open at 9 a.m. for veterans, and 10 a.m. for the general public. Admission is free of charge.

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MilitaryWife - 1/22/2013 4:31 PM
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A veterans job experience doesn't always translate well to an employer on their resume. Employers don’t know how to translate military experience to civilian terms. A new site is changing the way that employers find talented veterans. HirePurpose is a job matching site (similar to what e-Harmony does). Rather than looking at the resume, the employer sees the ‘real person’. This is accomplished through an assessment for the candidate and short questionnaire for the employer, giving each the ‘best fit’ for the positions available.
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