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Paychecks for Patriots hiring event upcoming

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 17, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Finding quality employment for Tennessee veterans and their family members will be the focus of an upcoming hiring event in Nashville.

Nearly 60 employers will participate in Paycheck for Patriots on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena.

Paychecks for Patriots is not a typical job fair; it is a hiring event. Each employer is vetted to ensure they have available full-time jobs for veterans. Often, job interviews take place at the event, and veterans find instant employment. 

Since Paychecks for Patriots started in 2012, veteran unemployment in Tennessee has steadily declined. While there are fewer veterans currently looking for work, there are still American heroes in the state without jobs, and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development continues working to find them employment. 

That is the reason behind the evolution of this year’s Nashville Paycheck for Patriots event.  The city is experiencing tremendous growth and a shortage of workers in seven in-demand fields. The event will focus on information technology, hospitality, construction, retail, health care, manufacturing and government.  

The concourse at Bridgestone Arena will be divided by sectors and an industry leader from the different sectors will speak to small groups of job seekers about the opportunities available within their company.  It is a new approach to matching the right veteran, with the right career.

Also in Nashville, veterans will be honored during that night’s Nashville Predators hockey game. Sponsors have supplied Paychecks for Patriots with tickets to give to a certain number of veterans who attend the hiring event earlier in the day. The Nashville Predators will provide free parking for attendees until 2 p.m. inside the arena’s Sixth Avenue garage.

The event will take place simultaneously across the state in Memphis, Clarksville and Knoxville. Employers never pay a fee to participate in the event, and they have become accustom to the quality applicants they find each year at Paychecks for Patriots.

The department’s career coach will be at Bridgestone Arena to assist job seekers with interviewing skills and resume preparation. Veterans and their family members are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and to dress for a job interview.  

Interested job seekers can register before the event at tn.gov/paychecks4patriots, or they will be able register at the door on the day of the event.

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