ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The third annual Heroes Hiring Heroes Job Fair for Veterans is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14 at the Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande NW in Old Town.
This free career fair features veteran-owned and veteran-friendly businesses looking to hire veterans, their spouses or their dependents.
Participating businesses ranging from smaller local operations to big corporations will be there with actual job openings and not just to promote themselves or pitch a product, according to a news release.
There is a $160 registration fee for companies who want to participate in the fair. For more information and registration for job seekers and employers, visit www.heroeshiringheroes.com.
Free workshops are also offered through the New Mexico Workforce Connection to help job seekers prepare for success at the job fair, including tips for better interviewing and résumé writing. For more information about these pre-job fair workshops, call 505-841-9529.
“We’re finding that companies are pleased with the experience they are having in hiring veterans, due to their ability to quickly learn and assimilate into practically any industry,” said Adelante Development Center Inc. President Michael Kivitz, whose company specializes in offering a variety of services to meet the needs and goals of people with disabilities. “This is the perfect opportunity for veteran-friendly employers to actually meet veterans and offer them jobs.”
Last year’s job fair attracted 1,400 job seekers and 54 companies. Attendance is expected to be equal to or higher this year due to a May survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor showing a startling national unemployment rate of up to 30 percent among male Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans ages 18-34, the release states.
No figures are known about the unemployment rate of the estimated 30,000 veterans in New Mexico who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The job fair is sponsored by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, Adelante Development Center Inc., the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the New Mexico Veterans’ Business Outreach Center and the G.I. Forum.