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Veterans 1st Hiring Event Planned for May 4 at IPFW

April 26, 2017
At least 60 businesses, employment agencies and service organizations will be on hand for the fourth annual Veterans 1st Hiring Event May 4 at the IPFW International Ballroom.
The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon for veterans, spouses and employable dependents; noon to 2 p.m. for veterans and the general public. This is the first year the event has been opened to the general public.
Industries represented at the event will include distribution, government, health care, manufacturing, social services, retail, and utilities. Representatives of several colleges will also attend.
Volunteers with the Northeast Indiana Human Resources Association will be available to provide resume assistance.
The event is being hosted by Northeast Indiana Works; IPFW Military Student Services; Lutheran Health Network; Fort Wayne Metals; the Northeast Indiana Human Resources Association; the Society for Human Resource Management; the Northeast Indiana Base Community Council, and WorkOne Northeast.
“Veterans possess many of the skills employers covet, not the least of which are accountability, leadership and the ability to perform under pressure,” said Rick Farrant, director of communications for Northeast Indiana Works. “Great progress has been made in the state and region in the last few years as employers increasingly recognize the value of hiring those who have served our country.” 
After successfully completing assessments, WorkOne Northeast gave me the financial support necessary to obtain my Commercial Driver’s License. I now own my own rig and I went from a $10-an-hour job to one paying $52,000 a year, allowing me to better support my family. Without WorkOne, I don’t know where I’d be.
Michael Eagans