Job fair offers employment opportunities for veterans

Published: Nov. 17, 2011 at 10:41 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 5:29 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A job fair held at the Desert Diamond Casino Thursday offered employment opportunities to veterans and their spouses. The event is called "Hiring Our Heroes."

About 75 employers set up booths to meet with job applicants. About 300 job applicants pre-registered for the event. And several hundred more showed up as walk-up participants.

Participating employers represented a variety of industries, including law enforcement, sales, insurance, hospitality, and many more.

Parker Coyer is among the hundreds looking for work. As a Marine, he spent three years stationed in Japan, and just left the service 18 days ago. He's now on a new mission, to transition back to civilian life and find a new job.

"Getting out here in Arizona is hard with the unemployment rate," he said. "And getting into any industry is really hard right now."

Trent Nelson spent nine years in the Navy, and now he feels rusty in the job-searching process. "I got out of the Navy in December, and I've been job-searching since April, and haven't really found anything," he said. "I learned certain skill sets, but they were specifically tailored to the job I was doing. So when it comes to a different kind of job, I don't really have experience in that."

But employers say those who've served in the military have already proven certain skill sets.

"They have what we're looking for," said Jerry White, an employment recruiter with Northwest Medical Center. "They have integrity, they have responsibility, and they're dedicated and loyal."

White is a veteran himself, and he calls this job fair one way to give back to those who've already volunteered to give so much to our country.

"It's one thing when you say 'I'll work for you,' but when you have someone who has said 'I'll give my life for you,' that's totally different," he said.

The job fair was sponsored by the U.S. and Tucson Chambers of Commerce.

While the national unemployment rates hovers around 9 percent, the unemployment rate among veterans is higher, at 12 percent.

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