POSTED: 01:47 p.m. HST, Sep 15, 2011
Companies looking to hire job seekers with military experience will be highlighted at next week’s Job Quest job fair at the Neal Blaisdell Center.
The theme of the event is “Hiring Heroes,” which is intended to address the high unemployment rate among veterans, according to organizers.
The job fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Neal Blaisdell Center. More than 160 businesses, organizations and government agencies will be represented.
The event for the first time will feature a section devoted to companies that are seeking military veterans, said Beth Busch, executive director of Job Quest. She noted that the unemployment rate for those aged 18 to 24 who have served in Afghanistan of Iraq is more than 20 percent, roughly double the national average.
“These men and women risked their lives to defend our freedom. Helping them find jobs as they return home is the least we can do,” she said.
The job fair also will have a “Green Zone” with 16 booths featuring employers hiring for jobs related to clean energy.
Admission is $3; $1 for students, military and seniors with ID. More information is available on the web at www.successhi.com, or on Twitter: @JobQuestHawaii.