Event Connects Veterans and their Spouses with Employment Opportunities
SARASOTA – Goodwill Manasota encourages military members to attend the Veterans and their Families Jobs and Services Fair on September 7 at Ed Smith Stadium. More than 50 employers and service organizations will be in attendance and will be looking to hire qualified applicants during this free event. In addition, veterans are also invited to participate in two pre-hiring workshops on August 22 and 24 to prepare them for the fair.
“Our veterans bring a unique set of skills, leadership capabilities and experience that can translate into valuable, hardworking employees,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “With numerous employers in attendance, this outstanding event will provide a venue for veterans and employers to connect. I encourage all interested veterans to attend.”
“Military veterans are an unmatched economic resource for businesses,” said Mary Helen Kress, president and CEO of Suncoast Workforce. “Equally important, by hiring veterans, companies will be contributing to America’s global competitiveness and strengthening our economy.”
The Veterans and their Families Jobs and Services Fair is sponsored by the Legacy of Valor and is a collaborative event between Goodwill Manasota, Suncoast Workforce Board and the Baltimore Orioles. All service members, veterans and their families are welcome to attend. All employers wishing to take part in this event should register online at http://bit.ly/19efK6w.
Details for the job fair are as follows:
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT
Location: Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL 34237
Admission: Free. Open to all veterans and military spouses. Be dressed in business attire, bring plenty of up-to-date resumes and be prepared to interview.
The job fair will be preceded by two pre-hiring workshops organized by Chase Bank to prepare attendees for the event. The workshops will teach them how to prepare for interviews, explain work history, dress for success and more.
Details for the workshops are below:
Date: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. EDT
Location: Goodwill North Trail,
5150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
RSVP: 941.360.1268 x.331
Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. EDT
Location: Goodwill Selby Newtown,
1781 Dr. MLK Jr. Way, Sarasota, FL 34234
RSVP: 941.360.1268 x.331
Additional workshops are held weekly at Suncoast Workforce Career Centers. More information on the Suncoast Workforce workshops is provided at www.suncoastworkforce.org/calendar.php.
“Our men and women in uniform represent the best of our country, and helping our returning veterans get back to work must be a top priority,” said Rosinsky. “I want to thank all the partners who are working closely to put this job fair together.”
For more information about the Veterans and their Families Jobs and Services Fair, please visit EXPERIENCEGOODWILL.ORG or call (941) 355.2721 x.163.
About Goodwill Manasota:
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, not-for-profit business that turns donations into good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. For more than 100 years, Goodwill has provided opportunities through such programs as Donated Goods Employment Services, Job Connection, JobsPlus, Supported JobsPlus, HomeBuyer’s Club, Mission Development Services, White Glove Services, Good Neighbor Program and Ambassadors Program. Goodwill continues to assist people with disabilities and barriers to opportunity by changing lives through the power of work. Tax-deductible donations to Goodwill Foundation can be made at EXPERIENCEGOODWILL.ORG
About Suncoast Workforce:
Suncoast Workforce provides talent sourcing and development services for business and career services for job seekers. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request by individuals with disabilities via the Florida Relay System by calling TTY/TDD 711.
About Legacy of Valor:
The Jobs and Fair initiative is part of The Patterson Foundation’s Legacy of Valor campaign and is designed to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and pass freedom on to others. With more than 30 partners on board in the four-county region- Charlotte, Desoto, Manatee, and Sarasota –the Legacy of Valor campaign has the potential to reach more than 900,000 residents and visitors, including thousands of veterans (48,000 in Manatee County alone). The Legacy of Valor campaign is an extension of The Patterson Foundation’s design and construction of Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery. This is the first time a private philanthropy has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to build the Patriot Plaza amphitheater on 1.83 acres that will be used for patriotic-themed events. It is anticipated that the dedication of Patriot Plaza will be held at the end of the Legacy of Valor campaign in Spring 2014.