County Executive Announces FREE ONLINE Veterans’ Job Fair

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WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From theOffice of the County Executive. December 17, 2014.

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen ODell are teaming up for the third consecutive year to match Westchester and Putnam veterans seeking employment with businesses that are ready to hire by sponsoring the Veterans Virtual Job Fair.

The online event runs through December 31 and provides an easy to use platform for employers and job seekers to connect.

“Our veterans have the skills, training, professionalism and confidence to help any business grow,” said Astorino. “The tax credits and training subsidies currently available make it a great time to hire a veteran.”

Businesses can earn up to $8,000 in federal tax credits per employee for the veterans they hire. In addition, businesses can get up to $20,000 to train the qualifying employees they hire through the county’s Hire Westchester program.

Elmsford-based SolarCity, a solar power business, is looking to hire installers, electricians, engineers and others through the program. “We’re proud of our history of hiring veterans here in New York and across the country,” said Leon Keshishian, regional vice president, east coast operations, for SolarCity. “The Veterans Virtual Job Fair is a great tool for us to connect with qualified workers, especially for our growing Westchester County operations.”

The online job fair is available free of charge. Employers can register their available positions and search online profiles, while veterans can post their resumes and search for jobs.

The jobs available through the online portal include positions in sales, retail, IT, accounting, financial services, graphic arts, custodial and more. Specific positions include clerks, butchers and managers for ShopRite, CNC operator for Fenbar Precision, property manager for Trion Real Estate Management and hundreds more.

“We are honored to employ many veterans at our company. Each veteran brings a unique set of skills to the organization, and their dedication and life experience sets a great example for our associates to follow,” said Tom Urtz, vice president of operations for ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. “Our partnership with the Veterans Virtual Job Fair has allowed us to reach new heights, and we couldn’t be prouder to employ some of the bravest and most loyal men and women who truly understand our mission statement of caring deeply for others.”

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