When you leave the military, the biggest question is "what's next?" It's a scary job market right now, but the skills you've received in the military make you highly marketable. The Legion sponsors dozens of veterans hiring fairs each year, and our employment experts also provide tips to writing resumes, networking and making a strong impression in the interview process.
Around 700 interviews were conducted and 90 on-the-spot job offers were made at a recent Hiring Our Heroes career fair at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. The March 27 event, sponsored by The American Legion and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, gave veterans, servicemembers and their families a chance to network with the 108 employers there and submit résumés.
Past National Commander Fang A. Wong was in attendance. He was joined by VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and representatives from the Legion’s Department of New York and state Auxiliary. The department made its service officers available to attendees at the event to help with benefits processing and other separation-related issues.
The event coincides with Hiring Our Heroes’ two-year anniversary. A program of the U.S. Chamber, Hiring Our Heroes enlists other organizations, companies and government entities to help sponsor and organize career fairs for veterans, servicemembers and their families. The American Legion is a frequent partner and co-sponsor, often providing its posts as venues to host Hiring Our Heroes event.
Additionally, the Legion often sends representatives from its national staff and department and post levels to offer job-hunting advice, benefits assistance and a sounding board for veteran-attendees to speak to about all employment-related issues.
To find a Hiring Our Heroes event or other military career fair near you, visit The American Legion’s Job Fair Calendar for a comprehensive listing.