Letters to the Editor

Job fair for veterans

The national unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans in 2014 was 7.2 percent, the lowest rate recorded in the metric’s seven-year history. There is no veterans’ unemployment crisis.

What Miami-Dade County’s 60,000 veterans and the 1.5 million veterans in Florida need are employment opportunities.

The Disabled American Veterans and RecruitMilitary are hosting an All Veterans Job Fair Thursday at FIU’s Kovens Conference Center, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami. It is open to area veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses.

More than 40 major employers are seeking veterans trained to be tireless leaders and unselfish team players. They recognize that the military is perhaps the best institution for teaching individuals highly sought-after qualities such as leadership, teamwork, mission orientation and integrity.

Yet, despite the strong demand signal from employers, many veterans initially have a hard time finding civilian jobs because they lack full awareness of the workforce or the resources to navigate an open-ended job search. For those searching for a job, as well as those looking to learn about opportunities, job fairs play two important roles:

First, they create awareness, helping job-seeking veterans understand what opportunities exist and whether they have the ability and experience to fill available positions.

Second, they allow veterans to develop social capital, building connections with and access to human-resources professionals seeking talent.

Miami-Dade area veterans worked hard to succeed in the military. What they need now aren’t handouts, but opportunities.

Peter A. Gudmundsson, CEO, RecruitMilitary, Dallas