April 12, 2016

NJPAC Host to 8th Annual GI Go Fund Veterans Job Fair in Newark

Event featured dozens of employers, colleges, and healthcare services who met with the hundreds of veterans expected to attend; Job Fair included veterans who participated in Military Career Workshop with PSEG days earlier. New Jersey Department of Labor played critical role in encouraging veterans to attend this event.

NEWARK, NJ -More than 500 people, including active duty personnel, veterans and their families participated in the 8th Annual Newark Veterans Job Fair hosted by GI Go Fund, New Jersey’s largest veterans advocacy organization. The success of this year’s job fair was in part due to the support of PSEG, which provided a workshop on resume writing and interviewing skills just weeks prior at their Edison Facility for many of the veterans who participated in the job fair.

More than 60 exhibitors representing employers, educators, and veterans benefits organizations participated in today’s job fair at NJPAC. In addition, 105.5 WDHA was broadcasting live from the event, interviewing the former Deputy Commissioner of the NJ Department of Veterans Affairs and Director of Rutgers Veterans House Colonel Stephen Abel, as well as Stephen Walz of AXA Equitable, and Justin Stanley of the Kessler Foundation.

Dozens of veterans who arrived at the job fair looking for work but lacked a quality resume utilized the Resume Generator kiosk from JobPath, the innovative new online job searching, training, and mentoring site exclusive to military veterans. Veterans developed their veteran profile on JobPath, inputting their military and civilian skills into the site, and their system developed a custom resume that they could show to employers at the event and future job interviews.

There were 72 businesses and organizations participating in this event, including  PSEG, Panasonic North America, Kessler Foundation, and others.

“The employers here today are taking advantage of an incredible opportunity,” said GI Go Executive Director Jack Fanous. “There are hundreds of military veterans here clamoring for a chance at a job; every one of whom is more hardworking and more dedicated than anyone else in the labor force.”

Countless veterans participating in this job fair received assistance with their resumes and job interview skills, as they already had attended the Military Career Workshop at the PSEG facility in Edison prior to the Job Fair.

Many of the veterans on hand for the event were encouraged to participate at the job fair by the NJ Department of Labor and the DOL One-Stop Career Center in Newark. The agency worked hard to notify and recruit veterans to attend, and their efforts served as a critical role in matching the many unemployed veterans in need of work with the companies looking to hire them.

GI Go Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that provides assistance to all military veterans, with a focus on veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, by helping them find employment, access housing and secure their education and health benefits. Through an innovative partnership with the City of Newark, GI Go Fund has created a historic program and has become one of the leaders in the veterans community through creating innovative, 21st century solutions to help veterans.