DAV hosted its first virtual career fair with partner Veteran Recruiting in January and officially launched the 10K DAV Hiring Challenge.
“Our goal is to ensure 10,000 disabled veterans have attained meaningful employment by the end of 2018,” said National Director of Employment Jeff Hall. “These virtual career fairs are a key component of that goal.”
Hall said injured and ill veterans in particular may find the virtual career fairs convenient, as they can be navigated from the comforts of home.
“The employers in this virtual environment recognize the talents and drive veterans bring to the workforce,” Hall said. “Sadly, veterans with a disability are often overlooked by some companies, but our experience shows us these veterans can and do qualify for a wide variety of jobs.”
These virtual career fairs provide a dynamic, fully interactive online environment. Job seekers can look for jobs nationwide and navigate the career fair in real time. When veterans log in to the site, they will see a virtual booth with each employer’s information and can upload resumes, email the point of contact and even do a live chat in a private setting.
“These particular job fairs fill a very real need for disabled veterans,” said Kevin O’Brien, of Veteran Recruiting. “There are approximately 22 million veterans in our country with 3.9 million classified by the VA as having a disability.
“Forty percent of veterans with service-connected disabilities say they have difficulty in securing employment,” he added. “Our partnering with DAV is a step in the right direction in tackling this nationwide issue.”
Learn More Online
Running totals on the number of veterans hired as DAV approaches its goal of ensuring 10,000 disabled veterans secure meaningful employment can be found at www.10kdav.com.