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Job fair dedicated to helping veterans find work hits Eau Claire

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A job fair for veterans has an immediate impact. Several people were offered a job on the spot.

There's been a nationwide push by the US Chamber of Commerce to help veterans find work. The event is called Hiring Our Heroes and it appears to be making a difference. At last year's Eau Claire job fair, 24 veterans walked away with job offers.

"I expected it, but I didn't realize how much work would be involved in finding a new job," said Phillip Seep, who served with the US Army from 2008 through March.

The transition from active service to civilian life is not always easy. On Tuesday -- an Eau Claire job fair was held to help veterans with that move.

"I've spent a lot of time setting up my own resume, typing up cover letters, looking online for jobs. Something where I can support myself," Seep said.

There were more than 60 employers at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair.

"I started off with about 25 resumes or so, and I handed out about 18 or so. I'm expecting about eight or nine interviews from those," explained Seep.

When filling out applications, it can be difficult for veterans to match their military experience with day-to-day jobs.

"You're not just going to be a manager somewhere, you're going in to be a manager in retail, or in production. Well, you have the supervisory experience, but you don't have the production experience, or you don't have the retail experience. So you know how to lead people in your specific job in the military, but that job doesn't necessarily translate to the civilian world," said Jill Doubek, who served in the US Navy from 2003 through 2009.

However, a military background can also help open up new opportunities.

"With being in military and working with certain vehicles, I've been able to get a military waiver for my Class B CDL, so that definitely helps with finding a job," said Seep.

Veterans know the job search can be a long, slow process.

"You work on your networking skills, you push your resume, you push yourself, your personality, what your interests are, where they lie, and just hope for a call back," Doubek said.

More than 100 job interviews were set up at this year's event and several veterans were offered a job. 

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