The Georgia Department of Labor wants to make sure veterans are prepared when looking for a job. The GDOL is hosting "Job Readiness Kickoff" on Monday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Columbus Technical College.
Steve Turley is an Army National Guard veteran with 25 years of active duty. He says many veterans struggle with finding work after their service.
"It can be hard to relate your skills to civilian life," says Turley. "When you're writing your resume, they don't understand how we talk sometimes."
The August unemployment rate for veterans is 10%, according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor. That's nearly 3-percent higher than the 7.4% national rate.
Career fairs provide veterans with an opportunity to meet employers. The Paychecks for Patriots career fair is coming up in October, and the GDOL says veterans need to be ready.
"What we've found out that a lot of these individuals that go to these career expos are not properly prepared to succeed there," says Mark Butler, the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor.
That's why the GDOL wants to prepare veterans before the job fair. The event on Monday will offer workshops on networking, interviewing and how to translate their military skill-sets to the civilian workforce.
"The employers do notice a difference in how the individuals are prepared for the expo, we know it works, and we want to make sure our veterans every bit of assistance and help that we can," says Butler.
The goal is for veterans to show job seekers what they're capable of.
"When you have a veteran, you've got anything you need," says Turley. "You've got a man, or woman, that can move a team, they can make decisions, they can do anything you need them to do."
Columbus Technical College is located at 928 Manchester Expressway in Columbus. The event is free to attend.