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2014-11-06

Veterans job fair Nov. 13

Special to the Courier

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Veterans can search for jobs at the Texas Workforce Commission's hiring fair Nov. 13.



The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission, will host statewide veterans hiring fairs on Thursday, Nov. 13. TWC's third annual Hiring Red, White & You! Statewide Hiring Fair is a joint initiative supported by the Office of the Governor, the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission to connect veterans in Texas with employers who are hiring.
The Alamo area workforce board, Workforce Solutions Alamo, will be hosting the local event at the Freeman Expo Hall, 3201 E. Houston Street, San Antonio, from 9 am to 1 pm. Doors are open to Veterans and their family members only from 9 am to 11 am, with the general public welcome anytime after 11 am.
Highlights of the Alamo area event include:
• 150 employers registered to date seeking to hire for open and available positions
• 40 veterans resources registered to provide agency and program services available
• 30 computer resource lab for online applications and registration on work In Texas
• Employer workshop on how to compete for military talent
• Pre-Event activities include jobseeker preparation workshops conducted by Texas Veterans Commission staff
The Hiring Red, White & You! Statewide Hiring Fair is designed to assist veterans, service members and their spouses find their next career opportunity. Employers are participating at no cost. Last year's Hiring Red, White & You! hiring events attracted more than 11,000 job seekers and 1,562 employers statewide, and resulted in approximately 67 onsite hires and many more connections made that resulted in interviews and post-event job offers.
TWC certifies employer claims for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which allows employers to receive up to $9,600 on federal business income or payroll tax benefits when they hire from certain qualified groups of veterans.
"The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is just an extra incentive for employers who hire veterans," said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. "The real incentive to hire a veteran is that your business benefits from a well-trained and dependable team member with a strong work ethic. I encourage Texas employers statewide to take part in this year's Hiring Red, White & You event."
For more information about the Alamo area event, go to the Alamo Hiring Red White and You event splash page at http://workforcesolutionsalamo.org/news_events/hiring_red_white_and_you.asp