The job fairs for vets were launched three years ago. As a result, more than 1,500 companies have hired about 23,000 veterans and military spouses, according to the Chamber of Commerce. Spokesman Phillip Maas, who retired from the Army after a 25-year career, says Wednesday’s event in Roseburg will have a variety of employers.
Maas: “We’ll have some folks on the medical side; we’ll have some folks on the retail side, folks on the admin side. And the reason why I think this thing is really, really important is that unit in Roseburg is getting ready to deploy. What I’m hoping for is a very, very strong focus not only for the service member, but for the family members.”
Maas says job fairs typically have a low rate of hiring, so they’ve tried to increase the odds. They offer a workshop on how to navigate the fair, interviewing skills, and translating military experience into civilian language for resumes. The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m., the job fair runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Roseburg National Guard Armory.