Nassau program offers job opportunities for vets

More than 300 jobs will be made available Thursday to Long Island-based U.S. armed forces veterans and their families.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the New York National Guard are teaming up for a Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair, slated to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Farmingdale. Veterans, active National Guard and Reserve members and military spouses are invited to participate, according to a release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The event is slated to kick off at 8:30 a.m. with an employment workshop focused on résumé-writing, interview skills and critical job-search techniques. Led by human resources and other workforce professionals, the workshops “focus heavily on skills and tips that will successfully prepare [job candidates] for completing an interview,” according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Volunteer coaches will conduct mock interviews and help participants develop personal elevator pitches, the foundation noted. While the job fair is free for veterans and their families, advance registration is required for the workshop. For more information, visit the event website.

Nassau County executive Edward Mangano said veteran-employment efforts “should be our highest priority,” while Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa) noted “veterans have sacrificed so much to help our nation and our freedom” and thanked Cuomo and other event partners for arranging the job fair.

In addition to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the New York National Guard, event partners include the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, the Suffolk County Veteran’s Service Agency, the New York State Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion.

There was no immediate word on potential employers that may be participating in the event, although the governor’s release noted “more than 60 employers.”

Cuomo said the event was being held to “do everything we can” to support “dedicated service men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.”

“We are setting the stage for veterans to succeed after they return home,” Cuomo said in the release. “I encourage Long Island veterans and their families to … learn more about how the state can help them advance their careers.”