LOUISVILLE, KY (March 10, 2014) — On February 27, ResCare and other Louisville businesses came together in a big way at a Hiring Our Heroes event to assist veterans in finding jobs.
This is the second time the University of Phoenix Louisville Campus has hosted this job fair that works exclusively with the Hiring Our Heroes program sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The event also received the support of organizations such as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Veteran’s Employment and Training Service, Department of Veteran Affairs, U.S. American Legion, United States Army Reserve and NBC News.
The job fair featured over 85 employers who were eager to share their opportunities with veterans. ResCare Senior Recruiter Sonya Smith and Human Resources Manager Terrence Carter represented the ResCare Resource Center.
“I feel this event is great,” Mr. Carter said. “What a great way to give those who have served in the military a chance to transfer their skills into the private sector.”
The ResCare booth provided information about ResCare, its benefits as an employer and information about ResCare’s five lines of business. But one of the best resources at the booth was the list of “Hot Jobs” that showcased available jobs in finance, information technology, management, payroll, pharmaceuticals and direct support services. Ms. Smith and Mr. Carter felt confident that they could find a job to fit each individual’s experience and skill set and ultimately further the goal of ResCare.
“Our Nation’s military is the most elite in the world, and any time that we ‘hire a hero’ we’re getting someone who comes from that training ground, with that work ethic, that discipline, that determination and that spirit,” said Ms. Smith. “As an organization, we should take advantage of every opportunity that we have to make these folks part of our team. They epitomize respect and care, and they’ve proven it.”
The event was also an opportunity for veterans, employers and local media representatives to speak with and thank Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Dakota Meyer for his brave service for his comrades and our country. In 2011, President Barack Obama presented Sergeant Meyer with a Medal of Honor for rescuing 36 soldiers under heavy Taliban fire.
Ms. Smith was especially excited to meet Sergeant Meyer.
“It was an honor to meet Marine Corps veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and Kentucky native Dakota Meyer,” Ms. Smith said.
The University of Phoenix Military Defense Liaison Marlene Aldrich Perry shared the extensive year-long planning involved behind the event and was very grateful for all of the businesses present and the publicity received by the event. As a U.S. Navy veteran, she understands the importance of having these opportunities available for those who have served in the military.
“Through our partnership with Hiring Our Heroes and the sponsorship of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, over 30,000 veterans have received jobs,” Ms. Perry said. “The difference between the University of Phoenix Louisville Campus job fair versus others is that job interviews happen on the spot. That’s what really sets us apart.”
Councilman David Tandy from District 4 and Councilwoman Marilyn Parker from District 18 were present to welcome veterans and support new employer relationships.
“On behalf of all of us here in Louisville, we thank not only the veterans for their service, but also our employers for their commitment so that when our heroes come home, they receive gainful employment, can provide for their families and continue to give back to our community,” Councilman Tandy said.
Author: Moriah Dietrich