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Jobs Fair Attracts Veterans In Metroplex

More than one hundred employers are at the Dallas Convention Center today recruiting U.S. veterans. The event is part of the 100,000 Jobs Mission – which JPMorgan Chase and other big U.S. companies started a few years ago with a goal of hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.

The job fair attracted a wide variety of companies -- from JP Morgan Chase and Verizon to General Motors – even Pizza Hut. In total, they're looking to fill thousands of jobs in the Dallas area.  And they want to hire Texas veterans.

Nashid Salahuddin is a recruiter with a major financial services company called the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation.

“I’m a veteran myself and I would say there are certain qualities that veterans possess, they’re going to be reliable, they’re going to be dependable, and you know they’ve worked in a team environment and those are qualities we value regardless of the job they’re in.”

Even though veterans have a lot of the technical skills Salahuddin's company is looking for, he says it can be difficult for young veterans to make the transition into civilian life.

“The corporate world and the military are very different. So when you talk about transitioning veterans they don’t understand the culture of the corporate world and how to translate their skills to the corporate environment. And then in the corporate world we don’t know how to understand the background of veterans.”

That misunderstanding, he says, could be part of the reason younger veterans have a higher unemployment rate than their civilian counterparts. The average 2012 unemployment in Texas for nonveterans was 6.6 percent, for post 9/11 veterans -- 8.3 percent.

Job fairs like this one are part of the effort to bridge that divide – and connect veterans with meaningful work.