December 17, 2014
Online platform connects veterans with job openings
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino are teaming up for the third consecutive year to match employment seeking veterans from their counties with businesses ready to hire by sponsoring the Veterans Virtual Job Fair. The online event runs through December 31 and provides an easy-to-use platform through which employers and job seekers may connect.
“Our veterans can be the greatest asset a company could hope to have. The professional training they have had and the skills they have learned while in the military transfer well into the business world,” said Odell. “With the tax credits and training subsidies available to businesses today, now is a great time to hire our veterans.”
Businesses can qualify for up to $8,000 in federal tax credits for each veteran they hire. In addition, businesses can obtain up to $20,000 to train the qualifying employees they hire through the Hire Westchester program.
“This is really a wonderful opportunity for our veterans,” said Putnam’s Veteran Service Agency Director Karl Rohde. “When a service member comes home and there are no job opportunities, things look bleak and depression can result. Veterans need support from those of us who remained protected because of his or her service. We have to help them to get jobs so they can continue to support their families and remain a viable part of our society.”
Elmsford-based SolarCity, a solar power business, is looking to hire installers, electricians, engineers and others through the program. “We’re proud of our history of hiring veterans here in New York and across the country,” said Leon Keshishian, regional vice president, east coast operations, for SolarCity. “The Veterans Virtual Job Fair is a great tool for us to connect with qualified workers, especially for our growing Westchester County operations.”
The online job fair is available free of charge. Putnam and Westchester employers can register their available positions and search online profiles, while veterans can post their resumes and search for jobs. To date, approximately 60 businesses have posted positions available, many at entry level although some are seeking professionals in their field as well.
The jobs available through the online portal include positions in sales, retail, IT, accounting, financial services, graphic arts, custodial and more. Specific positions include clerks, butchers and managers for ShopRite, CNC operator for Fenbar Precision, property manager for Trion Real Estate Management and more.
“We are honored to employ many veterans at our company. Each veteran brings a unique set of skills to the organization, and their dedication and life experience sets a great example for our associates to follow,” said Tom Urtz, vice president of operations for ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. “Our partnership with the Veterans Virtual Job Fair has allowed us to reach new heights, and we couldn’t be prouder to employ some of the bravest and most loyal men and women who truly understand our mission statement of caring deeply for others.”
Putnam and Westchester businesses interested in hiring a veteran and veterans looking for employment should visit http://westchesterveteranjobs.com/.