Northeast Indiana Works and WorkOne Northeast will host the Veterans 1st Hiring Event next week in Fort Wayne. Nearly 60 regional employers are expected to participate.

April 29, 2015

News Release

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Northeast Indiana Works and WorkOne Northeast will host the second annual Veterans 1st Hiring Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Military veterans and their spouses will have a chance to discuss job opportunities with as many as 60 regional employers. Professionals from the Northeast Indiana Human Resources Association (NIHRA) will also be on hand to assist veterans with their resumes.

More than 200 veterans attended last year’s Veterans 1st event.

Although military veterans often have many desirable transferrable skills, they have generally had a more difficult time securing civilian employment in Indiana and northeast Indiana than others in the general population.

“It is important that we help those who have protected our freedom find good-paying, family-sustaining careers,” said Kathleen Randolph, president and CEO of Northeast Indiana Works. “That is the least we can do to show appreciation for their service to our country.”

The Veterans 1st Hiring Event is being made possible with the support these partners: Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR); Lutheran Health Network; Hero2Hired (H2H), a program of the U.S. Department of Defense; Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); NIHRA; and the Fort Wayne Base Community Council.

Assisting on the day of the event will be members of the 122nd Fighter Wing, Air National Guard; 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry Regiment, Army National Guard; and the Concordia Lutheran High School Color Guard.

Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-81st, has been a key champion of the event and a backer of legislation supporting veterans’ efforts to find employment.

“Veterans have a host of valuable skills and work experiences that they can bring to the business sector,” said Carbaugh. “Some of the foundational skills alone are precisely what employers covet – attributes such as leadership, teamwork, dependability, punctuality, loyalty and dedication.”

About Northeast Indiana Works: Northeast Indiana Works, the region’s workforce investment board, provides public and private financial and employment resources to businesses and individuals for education and skills training to meet the needs of regional industries. The nonprofit sets policy for how public and private funds are utilized to support talent development. It also operates and staffs the 11 county-based WorkOne Northeast career centers in the region. Individuals and companies may access resources and services by visiting or calling WorkOne in their county. To find your local WorkOne, log on to

Source: Northeast Indiana Works

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