ATLANTA -- There's a special job fair this week for veterans.
It's all part of NBC's Hiring our Heroes project. Veterans looking for employment can go to the Marriott Marquis at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, in downtown Atlanta. The job fair is this Thursday November 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
As troops exit Afghanistan and the U.S. military downsizes, millions of ex-servicemembers will pour into a job market where post-9/11 veterans already grapple with a 10.1 percent unemployment rate -- far higher than the national unemployment average.
NBCUniversal has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to launch "Next Steps for Vets", a web portal that supplies an array of nimble tools and ready resources to veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses, leading them into employment and educational opportunities.
At the portal, users will find a resume-engine tool that translates military expertise into marketable language that will catch the attention of human resources executives. There's a G.I. Bill calculator to help veterans evaluate all the benefits for which they are eligible. A job-finder feature lists professions from the National Resource Directory's Veteran's Job Bank.
Other components include a a "12 step guide" to starting a small business, based on leading resources from Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families entrepreneurship training programs, plus articles, videos and online training sessions from the U.S. Small Business Administration. There is also a job fairs map, displaying the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's upcoming "Hiring Our Heroes" events. And an eMentor Leadership Program is available to link military spouses to employment counselors.
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