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Heroes Hiring Heroes Vets’ Job Fair Aug. 30

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Organizers of the Heroes Hiring Heroes Job Fair for Veterans – the annual job fair featuring veteran-owned or veteran-friendly businesses looking to hire – are aiming for 2,000 attendees and 150 local companies looking for workers at the Aug. 30 event.

“I think we can do it,” said former New Mexico Air National Guard Lt. Col. Bill Shuert.

Shuert represents the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, which along with the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, Adelante Development Center of Albuquerque, and the New Mexico Workforce Connection are presenting the event.

JOB FAIR WORKSHOPS
WHAT: Workshops to learn résumé-writing skills, interviewing skills, and how to dress for success.
WHEN: Today from 8 a.m.-noon, Thursday from 1-5 p.m. and Aug. 28 from 8 a.m.-noon.
WHERE: At the Workforce Connection office in Albuquerque, located at 501 Mountain NE.
REGISTER: Contact Jeffrey Archuleta, 505-843-1914 or jeffrey.archuleta@state.nm.us</td>

Last year’s fair pulled in 1,400 job seekers and 74 companies, organizers said.

This year’s event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande NW.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. There’s no admission charge for job-seeking veterans, Guard/Reserve members or their spouses or dependents. And this year, there’s also no registration fee for businesses to attend.

The companies ranging from small “mom-and-pop” operations to large-scale corporations have pledged to have job openings available, organizers said. They will be looking to hire veterans to fill job vacancies ranging from blue-collar to technical, supervisory and management positions.

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When a company hires a veteran, it eases the transition to domestic life when that soldier comes home from service, New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Timothy Hale said in a statement.

“Our local companies really should know just how much of a hero they are when they hire a recently returned veteran from Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.

Organizers said there is a federal tax-relief credit up to $2,400 per person for the hiring of each currently unemployed veteran. A maximum $4,800 federal tax credit also is available for hiring a service-disabled veteran.

And earlier this year, Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law a measure giving up to a $1,000 state business tax credit for each hire of a recently returned veteran.

For vendor and job-seeker registration, visit www.heroeshiringheroes.com.
— This article appeared on page B1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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