HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – Many of our local veterans are looking to serve as employees after serving our country.
A job fair for veterans was held Wednesday at Durham Technical Community College. Dozens of businesses came out to meet with potential employees and collect resumes.
Many veterans who were at the fair have been job searching for a while. Others, who have just returned to the states, said they feel confident their military experience translates into reliability and makes them stand out as job candidates.
“You hear it everyday on the streets. You hear, 'Thank you for your service.' People just come up to you, shake your hand and say, 'Thank you. I really appreciate what you've done.' It's the same thing when you walk into a job interview. They just look at you and say, 'Oh, well thank you. I truly appreciate it.' And usually you get a call back,” said Earl Bryant, Army veteran.
As of May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated 7.8 percent of the nation's unemployed population are veterans.
Officials with North Carolina's Employment Security Commission said there are around 250 unemployed veterans in Orange County alone.
The event was held in partnership with Chapel Hill Workforce Solutions and the Orange County Skills Development Center JobLink.