Nebraska hosts its final Hiring Our Heroes job fair for veterans in Omaha tomorrow.
Hiring Our Heroes is the initiative of the United States Chamber of Commerce, which locally works with the Nebraska Department of Labor and Nebraska National Guard.
The Hiring Our Heroes job fair in Omaha begins at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning at the DC Centre. It is scheduled to run until 1pm. So far, 90 businesses have registered for the fair, with openings in a wide variety of jobs. The job fair is open to military members leaving the military, veterans and their spouses.
Gov. Dave Heineman tells reporters during a conference call that the key to veterans landing that job is finding the business that fits their skills.
“If we can hook them up with an employer and they can begin to understand the skill set that they already have; problem-solving, teamwork, leaders, you can go right down the list, discipline, my sense, when I talk to employers all the time, they’re looking for people who show up to work every day and are willing to work hard. That’s veterans.”
The job fair attempts to match veterans with the right job, especially those leaving the active military and attempting to find their way in a civilian world.
Nebraska Adjutant General Judd Lyons says preparation is the most important step someone in the military can take prior to coming to the job fair.
“To sit down and do some critical thinking about their job skills that they have gained through their military service and translate those jobs skills and abilities to the civilian work market,” Lyons says.
State Labor Commissioner Cathy Lang says while overall the veterans’ unemployment rate is lower than the national average, younger veterans, especially those just leaving the military, have had trouble finding jobs.
“Those veterans do tend to have a higher unemployment rate in our state and so, part of what we hope to do is introduce them to the jobs in the civilian market so that they can become easily reemployed in our Nebraska economy,” Lang says.
Nebraska has about 4,700 Army and Air National Guard members and thousands more who serve in the United States Reserves and the active military.
Nebraska hosted its first Hiring Our Heroes job fair in Lincoln last April. It has also hosted events in Omaha, Norfolk, Alliance, Holdrege, Papillion, Beatrice and Grand Island. These events have served around 1,300 veterans and 400 employers, according to the state.
Click here for the Hiring Our Heroes website.
Click here for the state Department of Labor website.
AUDIO: Gov. Dave Heineman hosts conference call on Hiring Our Heroes event in Omaha tomorrow. [5:30]