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Hero2Hired Helps Vets Find Jobs

May 05, 2016 02:25PM ● By Kelly Cannon

By Kelly Cannon [email protected]

Murray - Hundreds of veterans, active-duty military and military spouses converged together on March 23 at the South Towne Expo Center in the hopes to find employment. Hero2Hired held their annual job fair specifically for veterans, active-duty military, members of the National Guard and Reserve and military spouses. The group has been hosting job fairs since 2011.

“It’s a nationwide program that helps veterans and military and their spouses in finding jobs,” said Chuck Rackham, an employment coordinator with Hero2Hired. “We also help them prepare with writing resumes and interviewing.”

Hero2Hired helps connect veterans and military members with employers who want to hire members of the military. Rackham said there are several benefits to hiring members of the military. 

“They’re punctual. They have good work ethic. They understand diversity and they’re professional,” Rackham said. “They’ve received training to be leaders and they’re calm under pressure. Most of them are also project oriented.”

Other benefits to hiring veterans or members of the military include being able to work as a team, a belief in integrity and an awareness of global and technical trends.

“I know I can depend on them and they would be easier to work with,” Rackham said. 

There were 85 booths at the Hero2Hired job fair, with the majority of those being employers actively seeking employees. The other booths included services specifically for veterans. 

The employers included Boeing, Centurylink, Godfrey Trucking, Union Pacific Railroad and the Utah Highway Patrol, among many others. 

At last year’s Hero2Hired job fair, there were 264 job seekers, 89 interviews were conducted and 52 job offers were extended to applicants.

The Hero2Hired job fair was conducted by the Utah Veterans and Military Employment Coalition, the Utah Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, the Utah Department of Workforce Services, the Salt Lake, Davis, and Ogden-Weber Chambers of Commerce, the Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service and many other local partners.

Employers wishing to work with Hero2Hired to hire veterans and members of the military can visit