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Military & Veteran Employment EXPO – Centennial, CO

As the U.S. economy struggles to regain its footing, job fairs can be found popping up all over the state.  But the Military and Veteran Employment Expo is different.  Exclusively offered to Active Duty, Veterans and their Spouses, the Expo invites these uniquely talented workers to take advantage of free job skills workshops, training, and counseling.

Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W) provides online registration for this community collaboration sponsored by Department of Defense Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Colorado National Guard (CONG), Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), Department of Labor (DOL), and Veterans Affairs (VA).

REGISTER NOW (Seats are limited) www.mvee.org (Employers, Volunteers, & Participants)

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Location: LeaderQuest Building 6825 South Galena , Centennial, Colorado 80112

January 16th, 17th, and 18th, 2013:

January 16th and 17th, 2013 8am – 4pm

Classes for active duty, reservist, veterans, and spouses

– There will also be 30-40 Mentors; volunteering their time for anyone to sit down and talk with them about resumes, interviewing, networking, etc.

Employers:  Register as a volunteer and be  Mentor (1/2 day or Full day)

Participants: Must register for each class and must attend 4 out of the 6 classes on one or both days in order to attend the first two hours of the hiring event on Jan. 18th.

January 18th, 2013 9am – 4pm (HIRING EXPO)

9am – 11am – Open ONLY for those who attended one of the first two days OR attended TAP in the last six months (bring certification).

11am – 4pm – Open to ALL Active Duty, Reservist, Veterans, and Spouses

Employers: We highly encourage direct hires, break out interviews and/or having the participants leave with a follow up/interview

This event is FREE for All, the ONLY thing we ask Employers is to ACTUALLY have JOBS and are HIRING – Take time with each participant and do what you say you are going to do….

Schools: Allowing 20 Schools to attend, we have a separate Area. Register NOW at www.mvee.org


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Hiring Heroes

Congressman Jared Polis and Congressman Ed Perlmutter present:

Hiring Heroes 

A veterans’ employment event

August 14, 1012

9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Westminster City Park Recreation Center

10455 Sheridan Blvd. Westminster, CO 80020

To RSVP or for more information call 303-484-9596 or

Visit http://www.polis.house.gov/Calendar/

– Visit R2W’s Resource Table for free evalution and matching with hundreds of employers.

– One on one résumé critique and interview coaching

– Opportunities to network with employers who are hiring

– Workshops and community resources for veterans

Participating Organizations:

Adams County Workforce and

Business Center


Elevations Credit Union

Sierra Nevada

Enterprise Holdings

Front Range Community College

General Dynamics IT

Xcel Energy

And many more


8:00am-     8:45am Set     up

9:00 AM Doors open

9:05 AM Welcome

– City of Westminster Mayor Pro Tem Faith Winter

–     Congressman Jared Polis

–     Congressman Perlmutter

9:20 AM- 12:00PM Networking

(Located in the Main Room)

9:30 AM- 12:00 PM Interview Coaching and Résumé     Critique (Located in room B)

Workshops 9:30 AM- 12:00 PM

(Located     in Room A)

9:30-     10:00 AM

Meet the Employers Forum

10:10-     10:40 AM

Training for Employment Success Panel

10:50-     11:20 AM

How the VA Benefits You Panel

11:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Learning to be Effective Workshop







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.

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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