SMYRNA, Tenn. - Forty-five companies will take part in a job fair Thursday in Smyrna for National Guard members, reservists, spouses and all veterans.
"Anywhere from 20 to 25 percent of our reservists, who are active reservists, are unemployed," said Marvin Wells from the organization Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
In Tennessee, ESGR has held 17 job fairs since August 2010 for reservists and veterans. Wells said veterans offer something many applicants do not.
"We have a very high quality of individual that is well trained, well motivated, they are drug free," Wells explained.
Companies like Dollar General, Verizon, along with agencies like Metro Nashville Police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol will take part in Thursday job fair.
"These are companies who have told us that they have jobs and they're interested in hiring service members," Wells said.
ESGR works with reservists and veterans long before the day of their job fairs. The organization has workshops that help the soldiers translate their military experience into marketable civilian job skills.
"We're doing everything that we can to provide them an opportunity to find an employer who is interested in the service member and just fit those two folks together," according to Wells.
The job fair is Thursday at the National Guard's Regional Training Institute, in building 500, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The only required identification is a drivers license to be admitted on to National Guard grounds.