Job fair offered opportunity for Illinois veterans

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Veterans and their spouses took a step forward in job searches Friday.

A hiring fair happened from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Bank of Springfield Center. Veterans took advantage of a free opportunity to talk with potential employers about opportunities. The fair looked to match them with jobs that take advantage of skills they learned in military service.

This event was organized by the Illinois American Legion.

“Even though they don’t have a college degree, they have the actual experience of managing and running and being responsible for million-dollar equipment and a lot of different people,” said Gary Lenson, assistant adjutant for the IAL.

A second Springfield event looked to help veterans start to grow their own businesses. The Boots to Business Reboot went from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. 

"They have lots of leadership skills, organization, relationships," said Valerie Ross, branch manager for the Small Business Administration. "And that's easily transferred to businesses so we are matching their passion to start or grow their business with resources that can help them do that in the right way." 

Veterans who missed Friday's workshop can still find ways to grow their business here. 

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