RALEIGH – Good news for people looking for work: The ADP National Employment Report showed 216,000 jobs were added to the economy last month.
This was a warm welcome to hundreds of veterans looking for work in Raleigh Thursday – a challenge people across the country are facing.
“It's been rough. I've been turned down a lot,” said Sgt. Bryan Watson.
With an economy that's still struggling to stay afloat, the job market is starting to show signs of improvement.
“I got an interview so I'm glad about that,” said Petty Officer Third Class Yoenid Rodriguez.
From interviews to employment, RecruitMilitary is making strides to get veterans back to work. They're reaching all four corners of the country to seek employers looking to fill jobs with quality candidates.
“They have an incredible work ethic, they know how to get a job done in a timely manner under arduous conditions using less than desirable resources. That makes them a valuable commodity and adds great value to their organization,” said John Lundberg, director of events for RecruitMilitary.
One of the main challenges for some veterans is knowing where to go once they come home from serving overseas. That's why expos just like this are so important to match their skill set with the appropriate opportunity available.
Rodriguez said she's been looking for full time work for more than two years, and after dozens of job fairs, this one has been promising.
“There's a lot of people approaching you and helping you. They give you an opportunity because you're a veteran,” added Rodriguez.
Though she's seen hard times both overseas and back here at home, she remains optimistic and encourages other job seekers to do the same.
“Expose yourself. You just have to come out and look for it. The opportunities are there so just come out and expose yourself. Don't be afraid to talk to people because presence goes a long way,” Rodriguez said.