Job fair for veterans, military spouses set for June 26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, along with lead sponsors University of Phoenix and Masco Contractor Services, will host "Hiring Our Heroes - Lexington," a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses.

More than 45 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience.

Companies range from America's biggest employers to dozens of small companies from the region.

The June 26 event will also include a free Hiring Our Heroes employment workshop focused on resume writing, interview skills, and job search techniques for all military members and their spouses.

Immediately following the fair, employers are invited to attend a "Best Practices in Veteran Recruitment Lunch & Learn" to develop and refine strong military recruitment initiatives.

Since Hiring Our Heroes began in March 2011, more than 1,500 companies have hired 23,000 veterans and military spouses as a result of more than 730 hiring fairs.

In March 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Capital One launched Hiring 500,000 Heroes, a national campaign to engage the business community in committing to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. Thus far, more than 1,400 businesses of all sizes have pledged to hire 411,000 heroes toward this goal. To date, 255,000 hires have been confirmed toward this goal.

The event will begin with a workshop at 8:30 a.m. on June 26 followed by the job fair from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the National Guard Armory at 4301 Airport Road in Lexington.

Interested job seekers should register for free at Walk-in job seekers are allowed while veterans must provide proof of service.

This hiring event is also being held in partnership with the Kentucky Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the United States Army Reserve (USAR), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion, Goodwill Industries International, and other local partners.

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