Austin job fair targets underemployed veterans


Dozens of companies are in Austin looking to hire veterans Thursday. While unemployment among veterans the lowest in a decade according to the Department of Labor, many are still considered underemployed. 

“And what that means is maybe they took a job coming right out of the military that they didn’t necessarily want to take, but it was offered to them, and they were kind of nervous so they took that job,” says Sam Lorenz, the event director for DAV Recruit Military, which is hosting a job fair.

Forty employers like the Austin and Dallas Police Departments and the Travis County Sheriff, along with local construction companies and universities, will be at DKR Texas Memorial Stadium Thursday looking to recruit veterans, transitioning military personnel, guard members and military spouses.

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Central Texas has become a popular location for employers to recruit veterans over the years because of there’s a large population of veterans there, many of whom have high-tech skill sets.

According to a 2016 report from the Texas Workforce Investment Council under the Governor’s office, more than 1.4 million veterans call Texas home. That’s only second to California. In Travis County, more than 52,000 residents are veterans. 

Employers also know many veterans come out of the military with high tech training.  For example, veterans who worked on nuclear submarines have undergone two years of high tech education in the military. 

Lorenz says they are also viewed as an important asset.

“In the military, we don’t have sick days. There’s no waking up and saying ‘I have a sore throat.’ That’s what the civilian community really appreciates coming out of the veteran is the discipline on the everyday job and what you bring to the table.”

The DAV Recruit Military job fair takes place at the DKR Texas Memorial Stadium at 405 E 23rd St. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Click here for a list of employers attending.

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