Gov. Dave Heineman today announced two upcoming Hiring Our Heroes job fairs in Lincoln and Grand Island. The Hiring Our Heroes initiative is the cooperative effort between the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Nebraska Department of Labor and the Nebraska National Guard. This initiative helps veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment in Nebraska.
"We are proud to be a part of this initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment here in Nebraska," said Gov. Dave Heineman. "There are approximately 4,700 Army and Air National Guardsmen and women in Nebraska and thousands more Nebraskans serve in the U.S. Reserves and active military. The enthusiasm surrounding Hiring Our Heroes shows that the courage and sacrifice demonstrated by these men and women has not gone unnoticed."
Current and former military members bring sought-after skills to the workforce. Nebraska's veterans and their spouses are invited to the upcoming Hiring Our Heroes job fair in Lincoln and Grand Island.
The Lincoln event will be held on Tuesday, April 2; and the Grand Island event will be on Wednesday, May 1. More than a dozen sponsors, including military groups and media partners, are working to ensure the success of these events. The Lincoln event will be held at the Lancaster Event Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Currently, there are already 57 employers registered for the fair, representing a wide array of job opportunities. The Grand Island event will be held at the Heartland Event Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are 62 employers registered for the fair, so far.
"Nebraska's employers, along with countless organizations, continue to stand behind our veterans," said Cathy Lang, Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and Commissioner of the Nebraska Department of Labor.
"I would like to thank Gov. Heineman, the Nebraska Department of Labor, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and everyone else involved for their continued interest in this important effort to connect our service members and their families with employers," said Maj. Gen. Judd Lyons, Nebraska Adjutant General. "Our Nebraska National Guardsmen and women possess important skills like leadership, problem-solving, an ability to work under pressure and time management. Employers desire and value these skills."
"The same could be said for Nebraska's military spouses who have taken on numerous additional responsibilities and hone their skills while their loved ones were deployed. They, too, bring tremendous qualities that today's employers need."
A week prior to the hiring fair, the Nebraska Department of Labor will host an employment workshop on Wednesday, March 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Department's Lincoln Career Center at 1010 N Street. Like the hiring fair, this event is intended to help current and former servicemen and women translate their military skills into the civilian job market. Workshop sessions will cover resume writing, meeting with employers, professional etiquette and other career topics.
Since the first event held in Lincoln last April, there have been seven Hiring Our Heroes events throughout the State. These job fairs have been held in Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk, Alliance, Holdrege, Papillion and Beatrice. These events have served around 1,000 veterans and 300 employers.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of Nebraska servicemen and women have served around the world, including duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans, as members of the Nebraska National Guard, the U.S. Reserves and active military. Among these thousands of Nebraska service members are the more than 1,300 Nebraska Army National Guard Soldiers who have returned home to Nebraska from overseas deployments since January 2011.
More information about these events can be found online at hoh.greatjob.net and dol.nebraska.gov.