Job fair in San Diego for military veterans offers more than chance to meet employers
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A job fair for military veterans, retirees and their spouses is giving them more than just a chance to network with potential employers.
The RecruitMilitary Job Fair, being held Thursday at the Scotitsh Rite Event Center in Mission Valley, will also offer classes on resume writing and interview techniques.
The classes begin at 9 a.m. By 11 a.m., almost 60 employers will fill the event space looking to hire.
“It’s great because a lot of veterans tend to feel like they’re not really sure what their next step should be or where to go,” said Samantha Duncan, one of the organizers for RecruitMilitary. “That’s where we step in.”
Almost 600 veterans have already signed up for the fair, but Duncan expects hundreds more to show up when the doors open.
San Diego has nearly 250,000 veterans around the county. Duncan said the unemployment rate for vets in the US is 3.8 percent.
In addition to training, this job fair will offer one other thing to veterans — suits.
“We’ve collected over 70,000 suits to give out to veterans,” said Daiju Yoshino, a Farmers Insurance agent.
The company collected the suits through the Suits for Soldiers program and give them away to military veterans looking for jobs. Anyone who needs a suit at the job fair will be able to get one.
“It helps them feel better because they look the part,” said Duncan. “And when you feel good, you speak better; you’re able to communicate and do better with interviews because you’re feeling on top of the world.”
“It’s hard to put into words,” said Yoshino. “It just feels great to know that I’m helping them after what they did for the country.”
For a full list of the employers expected at the fair, and more information about it, click here.
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