The Bossier Chamber of Commerce hosted a job fair Thursday, specifically designed to help veterans and their spouses. Goodwill NWLA, Hero 2 Hired, and the City of Bossier City also pitched in as sponsors.
Dan Charchian was one of hundreds that attended the fair held at the Bossier Civic Center. He's a retired Airforce Colonel, he served as Barksdale's 2nd Bomb Wing Commander from 2005 to 2007. After 7 years away, he's found his way back to be closer to grand kids. "After two years of retirement, we've decided to make this area our permanent home," he said.
But now he needs a job, that's what brought him to the veterans job fair. "We want to help them make that transition," said Bossier Chamber of Commerce's Military Liaison Monique Roux.
Roux helped organize the event and explained that with the military expected to cut its force by tens of thousands soon, it's important now more than ever, to host job fairs for veterans. "I think that the turnout so far, is a testament to the need that is there," said Roux and added that each time they hold a military related job fair in Bossier City, the response from area businesses is overwhelming.
"I sent one email out to a group of businesses, the response was phenomenal," said Roux. Department of Defense program, called Hero 2 Hired, helped sponsor the event. They target younger veterans, whose unemployment rate is high, with a job search site and smart phone app.
"It's got a resume builder with a military skills translator, it's got anything about education and it's got jobs," said H2H Louisiana Program Coordinator Tina Kingston.
Organizers hope the event will successfully connect the veterans with jobs, for Charchian, he has a good feeling it will. "I've had some good leads with some businesses I'll be following up with next week," he said.
If you're military and weren't able to attend the job fair, The Bossier Chamber of Commerce says that's okay. You can email your resume to Resumes@BossierChamber.com or call Roux directly at 318-746-0252.
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