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  • More than 100 veterans pass through job fair in Middletown

  • About 150 veterans and 40 employers attended a job fair at the Middletown Fire Hall Monday, which was hosted by Delaware’s three United States Congressional leaders.


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  • About 150 veterans and 40 employers attended a job fair at the Middletown Fire Hall Monday, which was hosted by Delaware’s three United States Congressional leaders.
    A second event of its kind will be held in Milford Aug. 24 to serve down state veterans and those who couldn’t make it out Aug. 13. 
    U.S. Senator Thomas Carper (D- Delaware) said that holding these job fairs is almost like playing matchmaker. 
    “We’re hoping some magic will happen,” he said. “We know there are employers are looking to hire and we know people are looking for work.” 
    Nationwide, more than 850,000 veterans are out of work.
    Carper, U.S. Senator Chris Coons and U.S. Congressman John Carney (all D- Delaware) are hosting the series of job fairs to serve Delaware veterans.
    Along with companies seeking to hire veterans, there were also onsite workshops to teach resume building and the ’10 Tricks’ of making ones’ self more marketable.
     “If you served our country, we are proud to be serving you,” Carper, who is a veteran himself, told the crowd Monday.
    Career services and resources were also provided.
    Goodwill not only has open retail and leadership positions in the state, but also provides career training, said Rich Peyton, a representative from the company.
    “In Delaware, a small percentage of our employees are veterans,” Peyton said. “We have a push to hire and train them in communications and technology.”
    Hope Ellsworth, who is a coordinator with Job Centers at Delaware Libraries, said that her group provides free assistance with resume writing and searching online for employment.
    She has worked closely with four veterans out of her office in Seaford over the past few months and said that one will be going back to school.
    Melissa Jones, who works at Wilmington University’s Dover campus, said that she attended the fair Monday to encourage benefits to use their V.A. benefits to return to school.
    Some do not have the skill sets needed for available jobs, so programs to teach them are being offered.
    Carper praised the United States’ G.I. Bill, because of the opportunities it provides to men and women after they return from overseas.
    Jones also said she was scouting for veterans who may be interested in adjunct teaching.
    “We’re recruiting people from the work place to be adjunct faculty,” Jones said. “We’re looking for veterans who would want to use their experience for teaching.”
    Several law enforcement agencies from instate and out of state were also represented Monday, with recruiters looking to hire veterans from all branches of the United States military. 
    Detective Gregory W. Ostrander of the Baltimore Police Department attended the job fair, representing the Maryland city’s police department.
    Page 2 of 2 - He said that about 30 percent of new hires this year have been veterans. The department has about 550 active veterans on force from all branches of the military.
    “We support the National Guard and reserves and we support the veterans,” Ostrander said.
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