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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JUNE 13, 2005
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RALEIGH CAREER CENTER SPONSORS VETERANS JOB CONFERENCE
Memphis Area Staff Will Promote “HireVetsFirst”

MEMPHIS —Thursday, June 23, the staff of the Raleigh Career Center will honor veterans by sponsoring a “HireVetsFirst” job conference at the Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave., beginning at 9:00 a.m. (CST). Early at the conference there will be a veterans’ employment presentation, a question and answer session, and later employers and veterans will have the opportunity to meet face to face.

Tennessee 's veteran population is approximately one half million. Annually, our local Tennessee Career Centers provide some type of service to more than 31,000 veterans. All U.S. military veterans are eligible for job referral and referral to training programs through the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development offices and the Tennessee Career Centers.

Tennessee Career Centers serve as an outreach to veterans and ensure veterans' preference in referral to jobs and other services. Employment-related testing, training information, skills assessment, referral, and case management are among the services provided.

While these services are important to veterans, they are especially important to the employer who is seeking a job applicant with experience and good work skills. Our local veterans’ staff specializes in matching employer needs with veterans making the transition from military to civilian work. This one-on-one approach helps ensure a better job match for the employer.

All Memphis area Tennessee Career Centers offer job assistance to both job seekers and employers. They offer free use of phones, fax and copy machines and computers with Internet access and library information for job seekers. The staff in the office can help employers find qualified employees through pre-screening and assessment and provides access to labor market information. Burley Meyers with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Pro-Vet program and Veterans Outreach Specialist Wayne Fuller with the Poplar Avenue Career Center will both be participating in the event on June 23.

For more information and seminar times, contact Gail Taylor, Edward Matthews or Carl Porter at the Raleigh Career Center at (901) 543-7842.

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