(DENVER) – For three days, starting on January 16, the Department of Labor and Employment will partner with several Metro area veterans organizations to produce a Military and Veterans Employment Expo.  All veterans, particularly those recently separated, are urged to attend.

January 16 and 17

8 AM to 4 PM

Leaderquest Building, 6825 South Galena in Centennial

On the first two days, one-on-one mentoring and workshops will be offered to prepare job seekers with military backgrounds for today’s marketplace.

January 18

9 AM to 4 PM

Leader Quest Building, 6825 South Galena in Centennial

On the third day, a job fair will be offered to veteran job seekers, active duty military members and their families.

“Helping veterans make a successful transition to the civilian workplace is an important way to say thanks,” explains Ellen Golombek, Executive Director of the Department of Labor and Employment, “but this event is not simply a way to show our support and appreciation to veterans.  The corporate world is hungry for talent and the job fair on January 18 is the place to find it.”

More than 80 companies are set to participate – all with jobs.  As Colorado’s economy continues to rebound, it makes sense for businesses to broaden their talent pool by finding people with the right skills.  Former servicemen and women have the proven skills that will immediately add value to any business.

“Service personnel are quick studies because they’re learning all the time,” Golombek points out.  “Every task done in the military has performance standards, and you must learn them, practice them and get evaluated.  Veterans bring a sense of leadership, learned through those challenges and demands.”

In addition to their ability to adapt and learn quickly, veterans offer “soft skills,” things like the right mind-set, a good attitude, team spirit and those personal attributes that all businesses are looking for.

Sponsors of this three day event include the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the Colorado National Guard, the U.S. Department of Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Return 2 Work, and LeaderQuest.  Together, they have put together a kind of military-to-private business pipeline, helping veterans recognize how the skills they gained in any of the branches of service can be readily applied in a wide range of civilian careers.

Veterans are urged to attend all three days to make the most of the myriad opportunities.  Before attending, however, they should first register by visiting:



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