By Wallace McBride, Fort Jackson LeaderMarch 1, 2013
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are bringing back the Hiring Our Heroes initiative to Fort Jackson next week.
Fort Jackson will host a Hiring our Heroes Job Fair for veterans 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday at the Solomon Center. Organizers are expecting 100 vendors to participate, offering job opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive positions.
"(The jobs are) representative of all fields and all levels," said Carolyn Andrews, transition services manager for Fort Jackson. "This is the second Hiring Our Heroes event we've held. Its purpose is to establish relationships and provide immediate employment opportunities to our Soldiers."
Andrews suggests that job seekers take multiple copies of their resumes with them to the event.
"We're recommending that job seekers and family members register online prior to coming," she said. "It will allow them to have some exchange with employers prior to the event."
General Electric will also present a workshop on the day of the event from 9 to 10 a.m. to provide job seekers with tips on networking and making employment connections, she said.
Job seekers should register before the job fair at www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes.
Guest speakers for the event include:
Ike McLeese, president and CEO of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and civilian aide to the secretary of the Army
Col. Stephen Yackley, deputy commander, U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson
Major Gen. Robert Livingston, head of the Military Department of the state of South Carolina
Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. John Finan, interim executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
John Greene, chairman of the South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Hiring Our Heroes was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's network of 1,600 state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the organization's goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return.
Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 400 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
More than 14,100 veterans and military spouses have obtained jobs through the fairs.