Southern AZ community helping veterans find jobs

Southern AZ community helping veterans find jobs

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - More veterans are finding work outside the military.

In February, the unemployment rate for veterans was 3.5 percent, which is lower than the rate for non-veterans and part of that is because of efforts like the Next Steps for Vets at the University of Arizona's Tech Park on Tuesday, March 27.

50 employers and about 30 agencies and non-profit groups were on hand to help out during the career fair.

"We like the Tucson area," said Rick a retired Army veteran. He is now looking for a job and is eager to settle into the area with his wife. "We have lived here before and we like to think of this as home and I would like to start another career here in Tucson."

"I spent 10 years, 3 months and 8 days in the Army. I loved every minute of it," said the Army veteran who served from 1993 to 2004, as a member of an Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, he deployed three times to Afghanistan. "I am looking for job that's challenging. That will be different everyday and it makes me part of a team."

The challenge facing Rick, is the same for many veterans, converting military experience into career experience.

"One of the challenges I face is, there are gaps and breaks in my resume, in between duty locations and jobs," said Rick.

After about spending an hour walking around and talking to different employers. Rick was convinced that he could land a job soon.

"I have started out on what areas that I want to work in and that's enough for a win for me," he said.

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