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Veterans seeking employment will receive priority during Honoring Our Veterans Virtual Job Fair on Feb. 24

Veterans seeking employment will receive priority when the SC Department of Employment and Workforce Development stages a statewide Honoring Our Veterans Virtual Job Fair on Wed., Feb. 24.

Almost 80 companies from health care to manufacturing will participate in the online event that will be open to veterans only from 9 – 10 a.m. The public is invited to participate from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

With eight military installations, South Carolina has more than half a million veterans. When added to more than 62,000 Department of Defense personnel, there is a significant portion of the population that is, or once was, military focused, figures show.

The veteran community is vital to helping fill workforce gaps, with SC Works actively involved in helping former military personnel make the transition to civilian careers, said Eric McAbee, Veteran’s Business Consultant for SC Works Upstate.

“We do a lot of employer education as to how military skills translate to civilian jobs,” McAbee said. “For example, someone with aircraft electronics experience in the military has the equivalent of a two-year degree in aviation electronics.”

Veterans also tend to excel at soft skills – something employers say is increasingly important.

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“Veterans show up and they have the ability to learn quickly,” McAbee said. “They are trained to understand the phrase ‘all other duties as assigned.’”

Veterans and others wishing to participate in the Feb. 24 virtual job fair are encouraged to go online to pre-register.

Job seekers also can take advantage of online workshops to assist with resume writing and interview skills. See virtual workshop options here.

Below is the list of companies signed on to participate in the Feb. 24 Honoring Our Veterans Virtual Job Fair:

84 Lumber
ADUSA Distribution, LLC
All Ways Caring HomeCare
Allied Universal Security
Automation Personnel Services, Inc.
Bausch and Lomb
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina- Information Technology
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina- Administrative/Customer Service
BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Borden Dairy
Central Textiles, Inc.
Champion Aerospace
City of Columbia
City of Rock Hill
Coastal Employment
Coastal Sealcoat
Cooper Standard
CPM Federal Credit Union
District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties
Dollar General
Effex Management Solutions
F. Schumacher & Co.
FedEx Ground
G & I Security Company, LLC
Green River Cabins
Greenville County School District
Harbor Freight Tools
International Paper- Laurens
International Paper- Lexington
Keer America Corporation
Kelly Services
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
LCI-Lineberger Construction Inc.
Lexington County Sheriff’s Department
Lexington Medical Center Extended Care
McLeod Health
Medshore Ambulance Services
Mergon Corporation
Meyer Utility Structures
Midcon Cables Co.,Inc.
Military Sealift Command
OL Thompson Construction
Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union
Performance Foodservice
Pleasurecraft Engine Group
Procon & Associates, INC
Ross Distribution
Safe Rack
Saluda County Detention
Santee Cooper
SC Department of Corrections
SC Highway Patrol
South Carolina Department of Administration, Division of State Human Resources
South State Bank
Stanley Black & Decker
Stevens Protection Investigation LLC
TICO Terminal Investment Corporation
Vulcan Materials
Vulcan Materials Company
Waffle House
Waffle House, Inc
White Oak Manor

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