The state’s largest veterans job fair is returning for its 10th annual hiring event on Saturday, November 4. The event, Hiring Red, White and You! will connect veterans, transitioning service members, and their families with employers seeking skills that align with their military experience.
“Veterans bring incomparable training and soft skills to the workplace, including exceptional performance under pressure, accelerated learning curve and a high degree of accountability,” Michelle Castrow, Strategic Planning manager for Workforce Solutions said. “Veterans are trained to adapt to change, take initiative and learn quickly, and we encourage businesses to hire our veterans. By doing so, businesses can create a dedicated workforce with employees who know how to lead, build teams, and accept and meet ever-changing challenges.”
As of September 2020, Texas has the second largest population of veterans in the country, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate in 2020 for all veterans was 6.5 percent.
Hiring Red, White & You! has connected 39,310 veterans with 18,268 employers, including over 2,800 same-day hires. This year, the event will take place virtually, with nearly 100 local employers in the Houston-Galveston area, representing more than 8,100 open and available jobs.
Castrow says in a statement that the significant job loss attributed to the pandemic made candidates rethink qualities needed to get a job. Many have turned to healthcare and education. In class instruction has seen an increase in demand, with open positions at institutions such as Lone Star College, Houston Independent School District and University of Houston.
“After our brave men and women complete their service to our country, we consider it an honor to begin our service to them helping to smooth their transition into the civilian workforce,” Michelle Castrow said.
The job fair will be open exclusively for veterans, transitioning service members, and their families from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 4, and will open to the public after 2 p.m. until 10 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7. For more information, to register, and to see the complete list of employers and jobs available visit www.wrksolutions.com/hrwy.