All welcomed at Veterans Day Job Fair

By Deon Guillory - bio | email
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The Virginia Employment Commission is held its annual Veterans Day Job Fair from 10am to 3pm at the Richmond Raceway Complex on East Laburnum Avenue.

These folks out here hope this job fair will put an end to their job search. This as new jobless claims fall to a four month low.

The line told it all -- dozens of people waiting for the annual Veterans Day career fair. First in line was Debbie Shipp who waited almost two hours for the doors to open.

"I got my last unemployment check today," Shipp said.

Shipp said she's been out of work for a year and a half after working for 33 years. With resumes in tow, she was optimistic about this job fair.

"It's a good thing you're out there, youre online 24/7 that you just dont know who sees it and who doesn't. How many people really see your resume?," she asked.

Its a similar story for Michael Rivers, an Army veteran who has been without a job since July and has no plans of giving up on his search.

"I'm on a lot of job sites, SnagAJob, anything that's offering a service, I'm in it," he said.

The Virginia Employment Commission said there are more job openings at this fair compared to the one last year. Jobs in several areas, from law enforcement, to education, and finance.

Linda Gillikan is looking for a few good employees and says there's a way to stand out in the crowd.

"Looking for energetic people who want to work hard," she said.

Gillikan said don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.

"Be willing to do new things, learn new things, and go for it," she said.

It's an approach Shipp is already putting into play.

"I'll do anything right now, I've applied for any and everything," she said. "We just want to get back to work."

All military veterans and the general public were invited.

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