Hiring expo focuses on military community

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Military veterans and civilians looking for jobs had the opportunity to meet potential employers and attend career workshops during a hiring and resource expo Friday.

Leland Whiting, a medical laboratory technician with the National Guard, just graduated from his military job training, and the job fair today helped him build his network and look for a civilian job.

"I'm able to build the rapport with the different people, get my name out there and then that way if somebody knows somebody then my name's out there," he said.

The job fair helped cater to the needs of active military members and veterans, as well as the general Augusta community.

Event coordinator and CEO of Solid Hires Leland Smith says this is a way to help veterans and active military adjust to a different lifestyle than what they're used to.

"These events are set up in a way to integrate them back into civilian side and make them feel more comfortable with the job process," Smith said. 

"Coming off active duty from training and being in the National Guard it's nice to have that help," Whiting says.

The fair also featured workshops focusing on resume assistance and social media for those that attended, and potential employers agree events like this are extremely beneficial for the military community.

"It shows everyone what we have to offer and what every company has to offer," says Pam Mims, an administrator with Remedy Health Career Center.

Jeremy Webb with Wake Up Now says this is a way of giving back to those who have served our nation.

"These individuals have already given so much of their self, so much of their time, and even some of their family's time, so we appreciate that contribution," Webb said.

"We believe that our job seekers, particularly our veterans and their spouses deserve more than a business card and a handshake," Smith says.

This mentality is what helps make the career fair a success and helps people land jobs.

"It's nice to know that as a veteran you're getting supported by your community and that there's stuff out here for us," Whiting said.

And the support from the Augusta community is what stands out the most to veterans and military that attend these events.

If you missed the job fair today but are still looking to get back into the workforce you can visit the Solid Hires website for more information.

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