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Home from War: Military Expo offers vets help finding jobs

by Jeremy Hubbard

When Marine Lance Corporal Kaleb McCarthy returned home from war last Saturday night, his loving family wasn’t the only thing awaiting him here in Colorado.  So was reality.

The soldier from Craig, Colorado – who turned 22 Wednesday – is just back from the front lines in Afghanistan, and gets out of the Marines for good in a couple of months.  And like thousands of other soldiers, he doesn’t know what’s next.

“I’ve been thinking about it, but I’m taking it one step at a time.  I know the job market is hard, but I’m gonna just get out there and try to do the best I can,” Kaleb told FOX 31 Denver Saturday at Denver International Airport.

It’s because of soldiers like Kaleb, that some volunteers in Douglas County got together Tuesday and Wednesday and held the Military and Veterans Employment Expo.  It was organized with help from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

More than just a job fair, this expo is a chance for soldiers to figure out how to write a resume that doesn’t use “military-speak.”  Classes are held on social networking, career exploration, how to get ahead of the competition, and what not to do during a job interview.

They’re skills Marc Messier needs.  The 23 year old Afghanistan veteran just got out of the Air Force a month and ten days ago.  Now, he’s one of the more than one million unemployed veterans in the US.

“I have some school, not much, so it’s kind of like you’re in the middle, you’re in a bind.  What do you want to do?  Where do you want to go? I don’t know,” Messier said.

Connecting those dots is what they hope to do here, by only allowing serious employers who are hiring right now to set up a booth.  They also want to teach the veterans to leave a lasting impression on their potential bosses.

“We have people who have gone to multiple job fairs in the last few months, and they say that they feel like they’re just a number and they’re not getting that one on one interaction.”

That kind of interaction is something Kaleb McCarthy could use.  But he does have a plan.

“I’m actually wanting to be a US Marshall, so gonna try to do that, and if I can’t do that, do some plumbing.”

This is uneasy territory for soldiers like McCarthy.  He’s use to other people – his military bosses – making all the decisions for him.  Now, it’s all up to him.

For more information on the Military & Veterans Employment Expo just held in Douglas County, click here: http://www.mvee.org/


see for full article including video:  http://kdvr.com/2012/04/25/home-from-war-military-expo-offers-resume-writing-interviewing-skills/


Douglas County Military and Veterans Employment EXPO













Pikes Peak Military and Veterans Employment EXPO






Contact: Iris Fontera,  ifontera@aol.com

Colorado Springs – February 14, 2012- More than 100 employers, with jobs,  from the Colorado Springs/Pueblo area will be on hand at the Military and Veterans Employment EXPO, February 29-March 2 in Colorado Springs.


This unique EXPO includes two days of classes covering Career Exploration, Resume Writing, Interviewing, Networking, Employer panels, and Working a Job Fair. One-on-one mentoring will also be available to help participants get ready for employer day.  Those conducting the classes, as well as, our job mentors are human resources and business professionals. They are all volunteering their time to help our military and veterans get jobs.


Employer Day is March 2! Some of the participating employers  are Arapahoe County Sheriff, Ciber Inc., Colorado Springs Utilities, Dish Network, JPMorgan Chase and Company, Microsoft, USAA, Progressive Insurance, and Maytag Aircraft Corporation.


Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a key organization involved in sponsoring this free opportunity for all members of the military, veterans and their spouses.  ESGR , an agency of the Department of Defense, seeks to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees.  ESGR is involved in honoring that support, providing increased awareness of the law related to civilian employment of Guard and Reserve members and resolving conflicts through mediation.

Other sponsoring organizations include Colorado Dept. of Labor and Employment, the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department, the Colorado National Guard, the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Return 2 Work, Employment Partnership of the Armed Forces and Homeland Security Careers, and Goodwill Industries.


The EXPO will be held on the Goodwill Campus, 1460 Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs.

Visit www.mvee.org for details.




Donor Appreciation

We would like to thank Scott Brazell for donating $1,000 Platinum Sponsorship.  His good spirit is keeping our mission alive and well.

Scott is a veteran from the United States Army.  He served from 1971 – 1973.  He cares deeply about other veterans and their families.  “I wanted to do this for a long time and now that I can, I’m doing it!”



A New Model

Be Smarter

We plan to post 1,000 new jobs in the next two months.  (Click here to volunteer)

We did not post jobs in our previous model.  Applicants registered once for all careers.  Then applicants were invited to careers that they qualified for (by invitation only).  Now, applicants can still register once and wait to be invited to job openings (let us do the work).  They can also see and apply for specific job openings via their Jobs tab on their Home Page.

Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W) provides services to multiple groups including SSA Ticket To Work and The Military and Veterans (and Spouses) Employment EXPO.  Each group has its own “hive” in our system.

Our process can be very fast.  The initial registration takes about 5 minutes–  contact information.  Then registrants can sign up for the appropriate “hive” where they are asked a small amount of additional information.  For example, registrants signing up for the Military and Veterans (and Spouses) Employment EXPO may select classes and mentors.

Registrants can also apply for specific job openings now.  Specific careers are listed just below the “hives” on their Jobs tab. We also connect the dots for applicants and employers to radically improve the number of positive outcomes.  Once applicants complete their Work History, Education, Work Preferences and References under their Personal Information tab, we match them with all careers in the portal then invite them to apply for those that are a good fit.  We make it easy!

Applicants’ Home Pages provide clear instructions for mastering our recruitment portal and finding lasting careers.  Our recruitment system also provides fun and easy-to-use tools for identifying new career goals. Click here to get started now!

Employers are encouraged to post jobs via the contact form at www.return2work.org.  R2W’s services are free to both employers and qualifying applicants thanks to tremendous community spirit.  We will soon be publishing an article about the overwhelming volunteerism and impressive in-kind contributions.

Welcome Home For The Holidays

Happy  New Year!


The Holiday Continues    


Polish Fruit Cake
Polish Fruit Cake – In the United States, in Colorado around Manitou Springs, Epiphany is marked by the Great Fruitcake Toss. Fruitcakes are thrown, participants dress as kings, fools, etc., and competitions are held for the farthest throw, the most creative projectile device, etc. As with customs in other countries, the fruitcake toss is a sort of festive symbolic leave-taking of the Christmas holidays until next year, but with humorous twist.

A sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.

     We would like to thank all veterans returning home from Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world.  We respect you and are grateful for your gift. Thanks to your sacrafices and good work, we enjoy tremendous liberties.

     Our volunteers around the world are giving more than ever to help newly enabled Americans, veterans and their spouses back to work, back to life.  Please join us in giving something truly meaningful to the Military and Veterans (and Spouses) Employment EXPO February 29 – March 3, 2012.



2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference

Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W) attended this world class conference. Advances in modern military medicine are saving an unprecedented number of service members on the battlefield.  Many of the Wounded Warriors either return to the fight or transition to civilian employment.  The Department of the Navy is committed to ensuring that Wounded Warriors have the support they need when they leave military service and seek civilian employment.

The conference theme is “Hiring Our Nation’s Heroes.”  The conference will convene prominent government, military, industry leaders and their human resource professionals who are committed to hiring and supporting Wounded Warriors.  Conference attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn best practices from many successful organizations on how to recruit, hire, train and retain Wounded Warriors.

Conference details and registration are located at the following website:  http://www.public.navy.mil/donaa/Pages/woundedwarrior.aspx.

Danielle Ball, STEM Intern

Danielle Ball, STEM Intern

Danielle Ball, Student Intern, and Fran Nixon, Florida Area Coordinator

Danielle is a senior at Charlotte High (2 high schools in Charlotte County).  She has a Florida Bright Scholars Scholarship and has come to R2W under this program.  Danielle expects to got to Florida —University in Pensacola, Florida next fall.  Danielle’s mother, Pam Adelson is the owner of the Smoke House Restaurant in Punta Gorda.  Danielle is volunteering as a Technical Support Specialist/Employment Specialist/Job Developer.

Veolia Transportation, Inc announces Job Fair for Bus Operators and Mechanics

Register online at www.return2work.org for these and other related jobs nationwide.  Apply once, Return2Work will forward your application to all employers offering jobs you qualify for.

Veolia Transportation announces a Job Fair to be held from 10:00AM-2:00PM, Saturday September 24, 2011 at our location at 2775 S. Vallejo St Englewood, CO 80110.  This Job Fair will be featuring Fleet Maintenance and Operations positions. Veolia has multiple job openings.

Veolia Transportation prides itself on hiring the best and the brightest. Eric Biga, General Manager, says: “We continue to thrive and prosper by adding hard-working, engaging people with outstanding customer service and drive to our staff. If these qualities describe you, we would love to hear from you.”

Applicants are invited to come to Veolia Transportation to apply for all open positions from 10:00AM-2:00PM on Saturday. Interviews will be held immediately on site for qualified individuals.

Veolia is seeking qualified individuals with experience in customer service, fleet maintenance, and operations. Interested individuals are asked to bring a recent copy of the motor vehicle report, drivers license, and  your work history for the last 10 years, including the name, dates, address and phone number for each company you worked at and the name(s) of your supervisor(s)  Your school/college history with the name and address of each institution you attended. Please come prepared to complete a pre-screen interview onsite. If you are qualified you will interview with management immediately.

We will train qualified candidates how to drive a bus and be an ambassador to the public. Training lasts between 4-6 weeks. We have full time positions with competitive pay and benefits. Don’t miss this opportunity to join our team!

For more information on this event contact Jen Shaw at 303-350-5315 or Stephanie Rios at 303-587-5501.

Apply for these and other related jobs online at www.return2work.org .


Colorado Women Veterans Conference & Healthfair Expo 2011

Thank you for visiting Return2Work’s exhibition for free employment services.
The first Colorado Women Veterans Conference & Healthfair Expo was presented on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, providing a day of learning, networking and rejuvenation to honor, educate and serve Colorado women veterans. The Expo provided information, education and access to healthcare and veterans benefits. Classes were presented on career, life skills, wellness and women’s health concerns, including mental health.  Visit http://www.cowomenveteransconference.org/ for more information.

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