By: Brad Cooper
Executive Director of Joining Forces
The 100,000 Jobs Mission – a coalition of 55 companies committed to hiring 100,000 veterans by 2020 – is partnering with federal, state and local leaders to host a hiring event in Chicago this Thursday, July 12, at the University of Illinois at Chicago.The event will feature 80 employers and more than 1,500 employment opportunities. These companies are looking to hire transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses for jobs ranging from entry-level to managerial positions in the Chicago area and across the country. Candidates are encouraged to register and upload their resumes ahead of time and should come prepared for same-day interviews – and even same-day offers. With more than 12,000 veterans hired in the 100,000 Jobs Mission’s first 12 months, these employers are committed to the long-term success of veteran employment and are among the 2,100 companies throughout America who have hired veterans and military spouses through Joining Forces in the last year. The hiring event is a great example of a wide range of organizations joining forces to serve our veterans and military families as well as they have served us. These organizations include: the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the American Legion, Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Student Veterans of America (SVA), U.S. Department of Labor – VETS, U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. This should be a great event – and a tremendous opportunity for veterans to land meaningful employment. The momentum on veteran hiring is going strong, with more than 1,300 veterans having been offered jobs at a hiring event in Detroit sponsored by the VA just two weeks ago. The event this Thursday in Chicago is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Find out more here.