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While in town, he had the opportunity to chat with Shrewsbury resident Ed Hack, now a Veterans Inc. employee, who found his job via Senator Browns job fair back in January.
“The Job Fair sponsored by Senator Scott Brown at Worcester State University in January was the first job fair I attended. At the time I was 6 months from retirement and was looking forward to the opportunity to meet with potential employers. As a career soldier I wasn’t sure what to expect but felt I had a solid resume, a good “elevator speech” and the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) at Hanscom Air Force Based had provided me with a great foundation. I was impressed by the size of the job fair, the numbers of employers represented and the large number of fellow job seekers. I noticed on several occasions Senator Brown interacting with both employers and job-seekers; he appeared to be very hands-on with this job fair. I met with perhaps 8 employers at the job fair, but having targeted non-profit organizations in my career search I was thrilled to see that Veterans Inc. was participating in the Job Fair. I spoke with John Valis a member of the Employment and Training team at Veterans Inc. for around ten minutes and gave him my resume. Two days later Jennifer Allen from Veterans Inc. called me for an interview and that Friday I was sitting in the War Room at Veterans Inc. being interviewed by the President & CEO of Veterans Inc. Vin Perrone, and Executive Director Denis Leary and a few others.”
It’s one thing to talk about job creation in theory, but the key lies in actually making it happen, and these job fairs have created a fantastic opportunity for employers to connect directly with those more than willing to work. Hopefully we’ll see more of them in the future.