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On January 28, 2014, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts held the first Statewide Veterans’ Career Fair at the State House.  This career fair is the first of many initiatives to create a more inclusive workforce and to connect the Commonwealth’s Veterans to tangible state employment opportunities. 

Two Hundred and Seventy-five (275) Veterans attended the career fair.   All Secretariats were represented, with a total of 55 governmental agency employers in attendance – representing Judicial, Executive Branch, Authorities, and Suffolk County.  

At the event, Veterans received job listings of open positions in state government, accessed the Commonwealth Employment Opportunities website, attended workshops on resume critique and interview tips, and learned more about veterans’ benefits, including employment assistance available through the Massachusetts One-Stop Career Centers. Each Secretariat of the Commonwealth represented was able to assist Veterans with identifying how their skills match state employment opportunities.

Prior to attending the career fair, many Veterans were not aware of the employment opportunities or resources available at the Commonwealth to help them transition to civilian work.  This career fair helped to bring greater awareness of these services to Veterans. Based on the evaluations, Veterans found the event very helpful and would like to attend future career fairs organized by the Commonwealth. 

It was very rewarding to be part of such an event for our service men and women looking for employment and we were pleased to see so many Veterans interested in public service as career goals after their service protecting our country and ensuring our freedom.

Written By:

Diversity Director, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

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