Career Fair Draws 1,000 Job-seeking Spouses

The National Military Family Association participated in the Hiring our Heroes Military Spouse Career Forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday, January 13, 2012. The chamber launched the Hiring Our Heroes program in March 2011 as a nationwide effort to help veterans and spouses find employment. While the chamber aims to host 100 veteran and spouse career fairs across the nation in a year -- with 83 undertaken so far -- this spouse-only fair was the first of its kind.

Military spouses from all branches of service browsed more than 100 employer booths ranging from banks and credit unions to medical and technology companies. The Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Career Forum also provided resource and information tables for spouses seeking general career-related information. Our Association provided a demonstration of our soon-to-be-released online application. The first module focuses on supporting military spouse employment. The beta version of the app is anticipated in the first half of 2012. Additional releases will include web based and text capabilities and cover other subjects like deployment, raising kids, and caregiver support. We received positive feedback from participants and look forward to release of the application later this year.

Will a veterans and military spouse career fair be hosted in your area? Visit the Chamber of Commerce website to locate a career fair near you. Hiring fairs are scheduled through June 2012 at locations throughout the United States.

Military spouses may also search for job opportunities through the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) website. MSEP is designed to help military spouses access career resources and connect with corporations who are ready to help military spouses explore career options for their mobile lifestyles.

Have you attending a military spouse career fair? What did you think? Share your experience with us on our Facebook page.


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