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Hiring Our Heros -- Job Fair for Veterans

9:12 PM, May 7, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- 11Alive remains committed to helping you find work. Today, our focus is men and women who have served our country.

Coca-Cola has a new military recruitment strategy and plans to hire 800 veterans nationwide this year. The beverage giant says the jobs will likely in product supply and sales.

Coca-Cola isn't the only big company recognizing the value in vets. Microsoft has a recruitment program. So does Verizon. The company says it hired 550 veterans last year and continues to add veterans to the team.

Still Atlanta native and Marine Sergeant Edzavier Reese struggled to find consistent work for 18 months, after returning from five deployments.

"I had stored up all my money," Reese says. "I had to prepare for the fact that I may not have a job when I get home."

Finally, Reese landed a position after attending a job fair for veterans at the Georgia Dome.

If you're in a similar situation or know a veteran who is, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a large metro-Atlanta job fair planned the Tuesday after Memorial Day. 

It's May 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. Veteran job seekers, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses are welcome to attend. Please bring your resume and proof of military service.

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