Coalition of firms offers new twist on traditional job fair by holding hiring event in Bethesda, Maryland, on February 25th
Feb. 22, 2012 – Reston, VA – Govplace, a leading IT solution provider with an exclusive focus on the public sector, today announced that the company will participate in a unique job fair this weekend. Recognizing the continued need to serve our nation’s veterans and military families, Govplace is joining forces with more than 25 large employers who have teamed with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s “Joining Forces” initiative and the U.S. Navy to host the first ever “100,000 Jobs Mission Hiring Event” at Naval Support Activity Bethesda, MD on Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..
The event is open to all veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses. This event differs from traditional job fairs by aligning registered candidates to specific companies and positions based on their interests and qualifications BEFORE the hiring event begins. Hiring managers will be on site to conduct interviews and are capable of offering jobs that day.
Registration is strongly encouraged prior to the event. Those wishing to attend must have a current military ID card or proof of military service and photo ID in order to access the base.
Joining Forces is a national initiative led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden that is designed to recognize, honor and support our veterans, service members and their families. The First Lady and Dr. Biden have been leading White House efforts to reduce veteran and military spouse unemployment with America’s private sector in response to a Presidential challenge to hire or train 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013. As a direct result of the First Lady and Dr. Biden’s efforts, more than 1,500 companies from around the country have stepped up and committed to hiring 145,000 veterans in the next 2 years.
In the same spirit, 10 employers launched the 100,000 Jobs Mission in March 2011. The coalition has since grown to 29 member companies who collectively hired more than 6,600 veterans under this program last year. Working in conjunction with the Navy, Naval District Washington’s Fleet and Family Support Program, this hiring event connects the two endeavors in a more powerful and efficient effort that has one goal: to hire our nation’s veterans and military spouses.
“America is clearly hiring once again and efforts like this from our nation’s employers are exactly what’s needed to put our talented veterans and their spouses to work,” said Brad Cooper, Executive Director of Joining Forces. “Teaming with the Navy at an event in Bethesda that brings job opportunities to veterans, spouses and wounded warriors is a win for everybody.”
“We are very pleased to participate in this event,” said Adam Robinson, CEO of Govplace. “Veterans bring vast experience that is directly applicable to our company and our customers’ mission. They also bring a work ethic and level of commitment that is highly desirable. We appreciate their service to our country and look forward to meeting potential candidates in Bethesda.”
More than 25 employers from diverse industries will be at the event, seeking to hire veterans and military spouses for jobs ranging from entry level to management positions. In addition other organizations will be on hand to offer information about free programs for veterans can use to help with their transition.
To register for the hiring event, or to find out more details, visit www.100000jobsmission.com.
More information on Joining Forces can be found at: www.joiningforces.gov.
Cheryl Walker Waldrup
Naval Support Activity Bethesda
100,000 Jobs Mission