A Military Transition Job Fair took place on March 26, hosted by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education. Held at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, there were more than 100 transitioning military personnel, DOD civilian, and veterans in attendance. Over the course of four hours, eager participants networked and discussed their future options with prospective universities and companies.
When asked their thoughts on participating in this event, all exhibitors responded positively. Amos Harvey, U.S. Navy Veteran Representative at Tidewater Tech, shared his outlook. He said, “I love participating in these types of events! It’s good for getting the school out there and getting the support to those who need it.”
Florence Haynes-Addison, Site Director for JEB Little Creek & NAS OCEANA military programs at Old Dominion University, beamed with pride as she talked about her affiliation. “This is my fifth year participating,” she stated. “I find it to be an extremely helpful event and I am proud to be a part of it,” she added.
“These events are awesome and help military personnel figure out their next step, especially in the education area. The way things are going, they need this,” Zollie Allmond, U.S. Navy retired and military division representative for Grand Canyon University added.
There were more than 30 job fair exhibitors in attendance, giving away informational packets, advice, and souvenirs to participants. Attending a job fair is a proactive way of getting to know companies or industries and to make contacts. For transitioning military personnel, finding a job quickly becomes a top priority. Many companies prefer those with military experience who demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills.
Thanks to the sponsors Tidewater Tech (Presenting), and Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System (Gold).