The New Jersey Casino Control Commission, in cooperation with the American Legion, will hold a casino career fair for active military, reservists, National Guardsmen and their spouses. The event will occur on April 19 at the Casino Control Commission building at 1325 Boardwalk.
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Veterans are encouraged to pre-register at www.njccc.gov/vets. However, walk-ins are fine, and the organizers will provide refreshments for attendees.
According to event information, all nine casinos (including Ocean Resort Casino) will be on hand to hire former servicemen. Organizers expect thousands of jobs to be available.
In addition, several organizations will be at the fair to help veterans with benefits questions and other associated issues. The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and the New Jersey State Parole Board will have booths at the fair to assist the incoming veterans.
The fair will open its doors at 9 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Free parking will be available across the street from the venue.
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Veterans struggle to find and maintain employment
Atlantic Cape Community College and Stockton University will also have representatives at the fair to address educational deficiencies veterans may have. The two schools’ presences are appropriate, given the problems veterans have with skills when they leave the military.
In fact, according to military.com, two top reasons why employers avoid hiring veterans are vets’ gaps in skill and/or their inability to translate skills to job functions. Unfortunately, the level of specialization in military training often leaves veterans without rudimentary or connecting skills that most jobs take for granted.
Veterans must overcome the realities surrounding their reintroduction into the workforce. Though military personnel are hardworking and disciplined, their experiences with life-or-death matters don’t always mean success in the American workplace.
Employers’ stereotypes may also color the perception of hiring former military members. The American emphasis on corporate culture can lead some employers to regard servicemen as ill-fitting to a harmonious workspace.
As a result, military personnel with service post-9/11 have a 5.1 percent unemployment rate. They also struggle with underemployment, in which overqualified people take lower level jobs that are beneath their expertise.
For this particular job fair, officials are hoping that casinos can find a place for these new entrants into the workforce. According to event organizer Bob Looby, state officials want these nine companies to “bet on a vet.”