Calling all DMV veterans: There's a job fair coming just for you

Kaylah Jackson
November 09, 2018 - 11:56 am

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The nation’s capital is honoring veterans this year with a job fair designed just for the military community.

On Thursday, November 15, from 10 am to 2 pm, veterans are invited to the second annual D.C. Veterans Appreciation Employment Expo at D.C. National Guard Armory.

“We believe it is our responsibility to connect those who have served our great country with opportunities for future employment, and not just veterans themselves but their spouses as well,” said Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes,  acting director of the Washington DC Department of Employment Services (DOES).

Hosted in partnership with the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES), D.C. Army National Guard, and Employ Prince George’s (EPG), veterans will be able to meet potential employers on-site to ask about job opportunities and apprenticeship programs.

A major focus of this year’s expo is diversifying career opportunities for veterans. Representatives from a variety of industries including Hospitality, Transportation, Information Technology and the Federal Government will be present.

“There are a lot of great opportunities in hospitality, someone who is a veteran may not think that they have skills and experiences that may translate to hospitality,” said Dr. Morris-Hughes. “But the reality is, to be successful in the hospitality industry you have to be disciplined…you have to have great judgment and discernment. Those are all skills that are inherent to people being in the military and being a veteran.”

While the event will feature a few remarks from Dr. Morris-Hughes, along with regional partners, the highlight is all about connecting veterans with the next step in their transition. The fair will allow veterans to move to various tables at their leisure to connect with potential employers, with many of the organizations looking to hire immediately.  

There will also be a mobile unit within the armory providing on-site computers for veterans who need to access their resume online or create one. The fair is to highlight the city’s appreciation for veterans but DOES and other partnering organizations made it a point not to leave out another vital part of the military community. 

“We also support military spouses. If there is a spouse that is local to us that’s looking for an opportunity, we’d like them to come out. We support the entire family,” said Dr. Morris-Hughes.

Veterans should bring photo identification, copies of their updated resume and any training certificates, as well as proof of veteran’s status. Items such as a VA ID Card, Disability Letter or DD-214 will all work as proof of service. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register for the event before November 14, 2018, here.

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