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Veteran Connection offers job coaching, employment opportunities
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Posted: 2013 Sep 27 - 06:51

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MARTIN COUNTY -- Many veterans stumble when it comes to finding employment.

Nationally, the unemployment rate for veterans is 9.9 percent, but locally, the number is a staggering 12.6 percent and rising. The transition from military life to civilian life can be the biggest hurdle and sometimes all a veteran needs to succeed is help polishing a resume or interview coaching.

Veteran Connection, presented by Martin Veterans and the VVA Chapter 1041, and supported by the Business Development Board of Martin County, Indian River State College and Workforce Solutions, will offer veterans just that - an opportunity to build a resume and work on their interviewing skills while learning how to transition from the military to the workplace.

Veteran Connection begins with a series of three workshops geared towards resume building and bolstering interview skills. The first workshop takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at Children's Services Council of Martin County, 101 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart. The remaining two workshops will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11 at Workforce Solutions, 616 Central Parkway, Stuart.

Veterans are then invited to a job fair featuring career building workshops and where representatives from as many as 42 employers seeking to hire veteran employees will be present from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at Indian River State College Wolf-High Technology Center, Chastain Campus, 2400 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart.

The job fair will include: one-on-one resume and interviewing stations facilitated by the Workforce Solutions and the Palm City Presbyterian Men's Group; S.C.O.R.E. will present a workshop on how to start a small business; and a seminar entitled, "Boots to Books," presented by Ruby Jefferson, of Indian River State College, will provide valuable information to veterans who are interested in going back to school.

For more information about this free event, call Carol Hodnett at (772) 220-4472 or email chodnett@martinvolunteers.org.

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