Hiring Our Heroes Event is Huge Success
On January 16, the James O. Wright Center for Work & Training (JOW) hosted Goodwill’s first Hiring Our Heroes event for veteran job seekers, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve members, and military and veteran spouses. By all accounts, the day was a huge success. The goal was to connect employers looking for qualified people with veterans who were looking for jobs.
Guest speakers for the day included Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Secretary Reggie Newson of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Eric Eversole, Executive Director of Hiring Our Heroes, Goodwill Industries International CEO Jim Gibbons, and President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago, Jackie Hallberg.
In addition to the Hiring Fair, Goodwill conducted an Employment Workshop where interested candidates got valuable information about resume writing, as well as tips for navigating job fairs, military skill translation and interviewing. They also learned about self-assessment, job preparation and networking.
The number of employers and service providers who staffed the Hiring Fair tables exceeded expectations at 70. There were 208 job-seeking veterans in attendance. Every division of the armed services was represented and local media covered the event.
In all 1,003 resumes were accepted; 104 interviews were conducted; and best of all, 19 job offers were made! Goodwill staff handled both employers and job seekers with efficiency and humility, showing respect to veterans to whom we owe so much.