With an estimated 80,000 new veterans entering Georgia’s workforce in the coming years, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Wednesday that connecting veterans to jobs is “our No. 1 priority.”
“These are individuals with a lot of talent and (they) are highly skilled,” Butler said during a job fair at Fort Gordon.
Butler’s message of hiring veterans for both a quality worker and financial incentives resonated with more than 20 vendors assembled by the Technology Association of Georgia.
Nasco, a technology provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, was looking for project managers and information technology specialists.
Tom Baker, a talent acquisition specialist for Nasco, said this was his first time searching for workers on a military installation, and he was encouraged by the résumés he saw Wednesday morning.
Navy veteran Mitch Schreiber, a senior manager at Nasco, said veterans need to be flexible when hunting for work in this economy.
Butler said his office has spread veteran representatives around the state to not only help veterans find jobs, but educate business owners.
For instance, he is addressing concerns among some business owners about hiring National Guard soldiers, who have the highest unemployment rate among service members.
“Really the best way to combat that is with education within the business community,” Butler said.
Mark Myette, an area developer with The Entrepreneur’s Source, was offering ways for service members to create their own jobs through operating a franchise or starting a business. Entrepreneur’s Source offers job coaching and mentoring.
“You can create a job for yourself, without being by yourself,” Myette said.