Troops Gather Job Leads at Career Opportunity Day in Virginia

Career Opportunity Day

Veterans talk jobs with employers in Springfield, Va. last Friday. (Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Last week, the USO, Hire Heroes USA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a Career Opportunity Day outside Fort Belvoir in Virginia. Connecting veterans with employers in a stress-free, one-on-one setting, the event provided targeted assistance for wounded warriors by helping to identify transferable skills, preparing resumes and learning interview techniques  for transition to the civilian workforce.

Following the last Career Opportunity Day event at Fort Carson in April, 25 percent of the veterans that attended were extended job offers.

“Wow…this experience is breathtaking. I am flabbergasted,” said the Marine Corps’ D. Underwood. “I interviewed with FEMA and they came in saying ‘we want this guy.’ I am transitioning out in fourth months and I already have offers.”