Nebraska veterans looking for work get some pointers a week before the Hire Our Heroes Job Fair next week.
Next week, about 75 businesses representing more than 500 jobs will speak with veterans at the Hire Our Heroes Job Fair at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln.
Today, at the National Guard Armory in Lincoln, the State Department of Labor will host a career workshop.
Nebraska Adjutant General Judd Lyons says many in the Nebraska National Guard simply return to their jobs after their deployment ends, especially older members. Others, often those between the ages of 17 and 28, might well be entering the civilian workforce for the first time.
“Many are college students who have not completed their degrees and are looking to enter the workforce. Some are looking to make career changes, perhaps,” Lyons says.
The Nebraska Department of Labor hosts the career workshop today at the National Guard Armory located at 1776 North 10th Street in Lincoln. The workshop aims to help veterans translate their military skills into the civilian job market. It is open the spouses of veterans as well. Veterans will be taught how to write a better resume, how to conduct themselves in a job interview and even professional etiquette, all in an effort to land that job after leaving the military.
Nebraska has approximately 4,800 members of the Army and Air National Guard and thousands more in the United States Reserves and active military.
State officials say the unemployment rate among veterans is similar to the civilian unemployment rate. The United States Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Hire Our Heroes Initiative, which helped more than 9,000 veterans across the country find employment.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]