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May 21, 2012
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University of Louisville to offer first career fair for veterans

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 21, 2012) — The University of Louisville will offer its first career fair for military veterans next month.

The two-day event will offer training on how to get hired as well as an opportunity to chat personally with some 50 prospective employers in the area, said Leslye Erickson, director of UofL’s Career Placement Center.

Vets can attend free workshops in Swain Student Activities Center’s Floyd Theater June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on resume writing, interviewing skills and making the most of career fairs. On June 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., they can visit the Brown and Williamson Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, 2800 S. Floyd St., to meet with potential employers.

Times-Warner Cable, Flextronics, Verizon, BB&T, Marriott and the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet are among organizations taking part in the fair, which is free and open to all vets in the state, Erickson said.

State unemployment experts estimate that some 5,000 veterans in the Louisville area are out of work, said Renee Finnegan, UofL’s executive director of military initiatives and partnerships.

UofL has been named a Military Friendly School three years in a row by G.I. Jobs, a monthly magazine for veterans moving from military service to the civilian workforce. Only about 20 percent of the nation’s more than 8,000 colleges, universities and trade schools made the list in 2012.

UofL is providing staffing for the fair and the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund is providing funding.

For more information on the career fair, contact Erickson at 1-502-852-4740 or leslye.erickson@louisville.edu. For more details on all of UofL’s services for military veterans, contact Finnegan at 1-502-852-2153 or renee.finnegan@louisville.edu

 

 

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