Knoxville hosts job fair for veterans

Knoxville hosts job fair for veterans

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More than 100 job seeking veterans had the chance to get in front of potential employers at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair. More than 100 job seeking veterans had the chance to get in front of potential employers at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts the event in cities all over the country and brought it to Knoxville's Expo Center on Tuesday. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts the event in cities all over the country and brought it to Knoxville's Expo Center on Tuesday.
"They have one-on-one opportunities to explain what they bring to the table, the skill sets they have and how it bests translates to what the employer is looking for," said event Planner Ernie Lombardi. "They have one-on-one opportunities to explain what they bring to the table, the skill sets they have and how it bests translates to what the employer is looking for," said event Planner Ernie Lombardi.
"This is awesome," said Sgt. Steve Schaffner. "This is great. I've sent a few resumes out, but this just gets me with people." "This is awesome," said Sgt. Steve Schaffner. "This is great. I've sent a few resumes out, but this just gets me with people."

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - More than 100 job seeking veterans had the chance to get in front of potential employers at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts the event in cities all over the country and brought it to Knoxville's Expo Center on Tuesday.

Searching for a job in today's market can be a difficult task, but for veterans coming out of service, it can be an even greater challenge.

Sgt. Steve Schaffner has served in the U.S. Army for 24 years, but he will be retiring in December and returning to the working world.

"Still a little scared," said Schaffner. "I'm not sure yet. It's something I hadn't thought a whole lot about. It's hard to give up. Been doing this so long"

The fair was designed for people like Sgt. Schaffner and all military veterans and spouses. It gives them a chance to get in front of more than 40 veteran-friendly major corporations and businesses.

"They have one-on-one opportunities to explain what they bring to the table, the skill sets they have and how it bests translates to what the employer is looking for," said event Planner Ernie Lombardi.

"This is awesome," said Schaffner. "This is great. I've sent a few resumes out, but this just gets me with people."

That getting in front of people has helped many veterans land jobs.

"We've seen over 20,000 veterans nationwide go back to work, so it varies from community to community," said Lombardi.

Sgt. Schaffner says he doesn't know if he will commit to a job just yet.

"Right now, I think today is just kind of a looking around thing for me," said Schaffner.

With his retirement fast approaching, he says he certainly wouldn't turn one down.

If you are a veteran looking for a job and weren't able to attend Tuesday's fair, there are plenty of workshops and services including a mobile app to help you in your search. Click here for more information.

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