The State's Largest Veterans' Hiring Fair is back!

From the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs:

Good Morning Friends & Colleagues,

The state’s largest veteran hiring fair is back! The 2013 Hiring Our Heroes Career Fair is set for March 21, and we need to spread the word to any and all veterans who may be interested – please see the attached flier & fact sheet.


9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Thursday, March 21, 2013
Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

This is an extraordinary opportunity to facilitate the transition of veteran job-seekers into the civilian workforce by showcasing the unique qualifications veterans bring to our businesses.

Sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES); the Hiring Our Heroes Career Fair represents a historic joint effort on the part of employers, nonprofits and civic organizations to create job opportunities for U.S. military veterans and their spouses through personalized engagement with corporate partners.

This event – which utilizes an innovative model featuring candidate pre-screening, applicant-employer matching and onsite interviews – will put over a 1,000 veteran job-seekers in interaction with at least 100 of the state and nation’s top employers. In doing so, not only will veterans have a chance to showcase the skills, integrity and discipline that set them apart from the average job-seeker, but employers will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to recruit and hire America’s future business leaders.

On hand to show their support will be numerous VIPs, national media partners including The Today Show, and a wide array of preeminent veteran advocates from both the public and private sector.


The veterans of Illinois represent an extremely capable class of professionals, and while they certainly have the talent, during these tough economic times, they often need a conduit to connect them with job-ready employers. The Hiring Our Heroes Career Fair is this conduit, and you can help by forwarding and promoting this opportunity to any and all that may be interested.

Advanced registration is strongly suggested for veterans and required for non-profit partners and businesses. Please visit the Hiring Ours Heroes webpage for details and registration, otherwise contact Roshelle Moats at 312-814-1661 or in my office.

Thank you for your readiness to support our veterans.

Asst. Director Garcia

Rodrigo Garcia
Agency Assistant Director
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs