Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training



netWORKri to host Veterans Job Fairs on Nov. 13 & 15


    November 6, 2007

Area businesses seeking employees with a strong work ethic, work readiness skills, training and field experience, promotion potential and leadership qualities have signed up for two Veterans Job Fairs, hosted by netWORkri One-Stop Career Centers later this month.


On Tuesday, Nov. 13, approximately 20 companies will recruit talent at a Veterans Job Fair, held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Providence netWORKri Center at One Reservoir Ave.  And, on Thursday, Nov. 15, more than a dozen companies will attend a second Veterans Job Fair, held 1-4 p.m. at the Pawtucket netWORKri Center. Both fairs are free and open to the public.


Ray Christiansen, Disabled Veterans Outreach Specialist at the Providence netWORkri Center, explains that veterans are desirable hires in a variety of careers. For example, many veterans received extensive training in such specialized areas as welding, pipefitting and electrical wiring, making them ideal candidates for the construction fields. Construction-related businesses expected to attend the Providence netWORKri Veterans Job Fair include General Dynamics, Senesco Marine, BMCO Industries, Toray Plastics, Guill Tool and Engineering, and Gem Plumbing.


Other veterans have earned progressive administrative experience and have a detailed understanding of computer technology and information systems, making them work-ready for an office environment, according to Christiansen. These skills make a fruitful recruiting ground for companies such as Citizens Financial Services, Sovereign Bank and the U.S. Postal Service, all whom plan to attend the Providence job fair.


Christiansen adds, “Through their military experience, veterans have already learned important soft skills for the workplace, such as respect for authority, dependability and problem-solving.”


In addition to employers, several veterans’ services organizations will be available during the Job Fairs, including representatives from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the RI Dept. of Labor and Training, the Warwick Veterans Center and the RI Veterans Home.


For more information and directions to the netWORKri centers, visit www.networkri.org or call 1-888-616-JOBS. (TDD 462-8006.)


The netWORKri One-Stop Career Centers located throughout Rhode Island offer employment services to both job seekers and area employers. The centers are managed and operated by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, a netWORKri partner. Other netWORKri partners include Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston; the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island; the RI Dept. of Education; the RI Dept. of Human Services; the RI Dept. of Elderly Affairs; the RI Dept. of Children, Youth and Families; the RI Dept. of Corrections; the Office of Rehabilitation Services; Goodwill Industries; and SER-Jobs for Progress.