Maine's Largest Hiring Fair to be part of Hire-A-Vet Campaign Kick-Off Event Bookmark and Share

August 30, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Employers' Campaign Contact: Steven Roy, Campaign Coordinator, MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov

Employers' Hiring Fair Contact: Josh Brown, Hiring Fair Coordinator, Joshua.S.Brown@Maine.gov

Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

The kick-off event and hiring fair is open to the public, and has exhibit space available for up to 240 employers.

AUGUSTA - Maine's annual Hire-A-Vet campaign kick-off event on August 30 at the Augusta Civic Center includes what's shaping up to be Maine's largest hiring fair. Almost 200 employers from all over Maine have already registered, with space available for up to 240 exhibitors. The event, sponsored by Spectrum and Destination Occupation, is open to the public. Exhibitors want to meet veterans, military family members and civilian job seekers.

"Through the Hire-A-Vet campaign, more employers are discovering the value veterans bring to their workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Ann and I fully support this successful initiative, and look forward to helping make this year's effort reach more employers and get more veterans good paying careers in our state. Whether you are a veteran or an employer, we urge you to connect with this campaign to help us meet Maine's workforce needs. Veterans' skills include teamwork, leadership, technology, and tremendous discipline that can benefit all of our businesses."

Presentation of colors and guest speakers begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the hiring fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Employers can register for exhibit space, at no cost, by contacting Josh Brown, Hiring Fair Coordinator, at 207-624-5172 (TTY: Relay 711), or Joshua.S.Brown@Maine.gov.

A complete list of current exhibitors is available at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/locations/jobfair.shtml?id=799500 .

Veterans traveling 40 miles or more for an interview or job fair may be eligible for free overnight accommodations through the Hilton Honors Program. To learn more, contact John Wagner at John.W.Wagner@maine.gov.

Maine Hire-A-Vet campaign is a statewide effort to commit at least 100 employers to hire at least 100 veterans and military family members during a 100-day period. The campaign provides support for employers to expand the hiring of veterans that includes a network of state and federal agencies, resources and nonprofits; education on military language and culture; recruiting and hiring assistance; and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans and military family members. Employers that pledge to join the campaign are not required to hire veterans they interview in order to participate. The 2018 campaign officially begins on Labor Day.

Employers can join the 2018 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign by contacting Steven Roy, Campaign Coordinator, at MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov or 207-624-5156 (TTY: Relay 711).

At the end of the 2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign, 154 employers had participated and 296 veterans and military family members were hired. The average placement wage was $23.16 per hour.

The campaign has connected more than 300 employers with over 700 veteran-hires since its inception in 2015 and has been recognized as a best practice by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA).

The Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign is co-sponsored by Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters, Boots2Roots, Easter Seals and their Veterans Count program, Employment Support Program, Live + Work in Maine, Maine Bureau of Veterans Services, Transition Assistance Advisors, VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Veterans, Inc., and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.

Visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/hireavet.shtml and http://www.facebook.com/mainehireavet to learn more about the campaign.

Veterans, military family members and civilians seeking assistance in job search and training are encouraged to contact their closest Maine CareerCenter, which can be found online at www.mainecareercenter.gov/locations . Veterans Representatives and Career Counselors are available at each location.

Maine Department of Labor and Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

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