Veterans meet prospective employers at Portsmouth job fair
PORTSMOUTH - Nearly 50 employers from around the state teamed up to discuss job opportunities with veterans at Great Bay Community College today.
It was all part of a job fair, organized by Congressman Frank Guinta.
Many candidates looked into getting a full or part-time civilian job after returning from active duty.
"As much as companies say they want to hire veterans because of all of the skills that we have, you don't necessarily see it all the time," said Mike Demartino, a veteran looking for a job. "So, to see businesses out here - putting themselves out and saying we value you as veterans, we're not just going to pay lip service to saying thank you for your service, we're going to put our money where our mouth is - we're going to hire veterans because we know they can get the job done."
According to recent studies, that effort is getting easier.
Many applicants told NH1 News they bring ideal qualities to the job - like determination and leadership. They also described the advantages of attending a job fair.
"I have looked online, and when you don't know the employers or the company face to face, then you're kind of skeptical about what it is that they offer even though you have to do the research. But here, you could talk to them, get the information," said Mary Rubick.
Among the employers at the fair were manufacturing companies, law enforcement agencies and financial services.