BURLINGTON, N.C. -- With a proclamation from Gov. McCrory, this week has been deemed "Employ a Veteran" week across North Carolina. According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, 13 job fairs are occurring across the state-one of which is Tues., Nov. 12 at the National Guard Armory on 1935 N Church Street in Burlington, N.C.
Only veterans can attend from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the general public can attend from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Veterans supervisor from the NC Dept. of Commerce, Hank Williams, said job seekers should bring several copies of their resumes, as there are no copy machines on site. They also should bring business cards, if they have them, and are encouraged to "dress to impress."
Williams said in his experience helping thousands of veterans find jobs through the department's resources, he firmly believes veterans are excellent, diligent employees who have a proven track record of being able to obtain and maintain jobs.
Williams said he expects at least 22 employers at the jobs fair. Among those looking to hire include law enforcement agencies, service agencies, home improvement stores and other local businesses.
Burlington Police Department detective Eric Watkins said he is looking for job candidates who have a good work ethic, preferably have or are pursuing a bachelor's degree and are eager to learn the profession.
The current North Carolina unemployment rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is 8.7 percent-above the national average of 7.3 percent.
WFMY News 2