ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor and the Technology Association of Georgia are teaming with Tennessee's labor department to help connect many of the 50,000 to 80,000 veterans expected to return home to Georgia over the next four years with jobs in their home communities.
The organizations will host Paychecks for Patriots career expos on Oct. 17 in metro Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Savannah and Warner Robins as part of Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler's initiative to address the employment needs of service men and women, according to a statement released by the labor department.
The two states will collaborate with a number of private employers and associations in an effort to provide employment opportunities for veterans, guardsmen, reservists and their spouses.
"Veterans are our number one priority at the Georgia Department of Labor," Butler said. "It's our obligation to find these men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom a place in the workforce, and we are committed to giving them the highest level of dedication and commitment. The Georgia Department of Labor is happy to be coordinating with Tennessee and other agencies on this great project."
The Georgia National Guard and Employer Services for the Guard and Reserve are also participating in the Paychecks for Patriots events. Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency is joining efforts with GDOL at the Savannah event.
Tennessee-based Dollar General is a leading driver in Paychecks for Patriots in both states, and is working to bring other national corporations to the Georgia and Tennessee career expos to help make the connection with veterans, the statement said. There will also be many local businesses participating at each of the expos.
In addition to the career expo, the GDOL Special Workforce Assistance Team (SWAT) will offer workshops for veterans prior to the Oct. 17 event. The workshops will include resume review assistance, how to successfully work a career expo, as well as interviewing and networking skills.
Veterans receive priority service throughout Georgia's Career Centers, where veterans' representatives are available to assist them in their job search, the labor department said in a release.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)