MT. VERNON — —
A veterans job fair hosted by the Illinois Department of Employment Security will come to Mt. Vernon in November.
The Statewide Veteran Job Fair of 2012 will finish its tour of Illinois with a stop from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 15 at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.
The veteran-specific job fair is a key part of Gov. Pat Quinn’s economic priorities to help veterans compete for newly created private sector jobs, information from IDES states.
“We respect our military families, who have sacrificed so much,” Quinn said. “And we must continue to help our small business owners, who are leading our economic recovery. Bringing these groups together is a win-win-win. We help a veteran find a job. We help a business owner find a key employee. And, together, we strengthen job creation and economic growth in Illinois.”
The state of Illinois created the job fair in 2005 to recognize the value that veterans bring to its workforce, information states, and success and attendance has grown each year.
Invited businesses include those whose positions demand the skills military veterans hone in the service. Individuals who attend should bring resumes and be ready for brief interviews.
IDES manages the statewide job fair and coordinates with local workforce partners.
“We know jobs are available,” said IDES director Jay Rowell. “More than 120,000 position in illinoisjoblink.com and 175,000 in the help wanted online index demonstates our business leaders are ready to hire. Our economy is moving forward slowly because our business leaders cannot find the right workers with the right skills. Our Statewide Veterans Job Fairs are the year’s most intensive effforts to bridge that gap.”