Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce helps job-seeking veterans

February 14, 2012 by  

The Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring two job fairs targeted specifically to veterans. Currently, over 11 per cent of California veterans remain unemployed – more than the statewide average. Veterans often have a difficult time re-entering the workforce after serving in combat – and with veterans returning home from both Iraq and Afghanistan in record numbers, the workforce is flooded with veterans in need of civilian employment.

The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and the U.S. Department of Labor Veteran’s Employment and Training Service are sponsoring the job fairs. Major corporations such as Home Depot are being invited to attend, as well as local Bakersfield businesses and staffing agencies. Flyer printing and distribution has no doubt already begun, and the Chamber of Commerce is expecting a large turnout.

According to the chairman of the board of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Tim Terrio, over 100 veterans had registered for the fair as of February 9. In addition, over 60 employers and staffing agencies will be in attendance, accepting applications for open positions.

Veterans interested in attending the event are strongly encouraged to register in advance at the chamber website. Pre-registering enables attendees to enter their resumes and other relevant information on the website, which will be distributed to employers in advance of the event and help them make hiring decisions. In addition, it gives attendees additional information about the employers who will be present at the fair. For more information, contact the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.