On Thursday May 26, HVAF hosted its fourth annual Veterans Job Fair. During the event, 19 employers from the Indianapolis area set up booths in the HVAF boardroom for veterans to visit.
Recruitment representatives from FedEx, Home Depot, Goodwill Industries, Venture Logistics, Qdoba, Walgreens, AAA Hoosier Moto Club, Conrad Hotel, Embassy Suites and other companies welcomed veterans into discussions about job opportunities and reviewed their resumes.
“We appreciate all of the employers who came and their willingness to reach out to veterans,” HVAF President and CEO Brian Copes said.
At the start of the event, there was a buzz of excitement among many of the HVAF clients who were ready to show off their resumes and use the skills they had been working on with their employment specialists. Some of them arrived wearing dress clothes from the HVAF clothing pantry, ready to make their best impression.
The event was open to all veterans, and 37 veterans attended throughout the two-hour event. One attendee, William Leeper, connected with several employers during the job fair.
“The job fair definitely was beneficial to veterans in the middle of the job search process. Every employer seemed so eager to hire; I even got an interview on the spot,” William said.
“It was amazing to have so many employers come out to support our veterans," says Employment Coordinator, Chasiti Herring. "We appreciate their time and their willingness to participate in our annual event.” “Many veterans benefited from the job fair. They either received a job offer or an interview as a result of the event.”
William’s interview with Goodwill Industries during the job fair landed him a job with the organization where he is now gainfully employed. His story is just one among many veterans who benefited from the job fair by receiving a job offer or an interview.