CONTACT: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County One-Stop Career Center is conducting a Career Fair tailored specifically for military veterans who are seeking employment, Monday, November 10, 2008 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Lawrenceville Armory, 101 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrence.

"We owe our military veterans a debt of gratitude, and I'm pleased to invite our veterans to visit the job fair to meet with prospective employers," said County Executive Brian M. Hughes. "Our veterans represent some of our best trained and most prepared workers and I encourage employers, whether or not they will be represented at the job fair, to consider adding military veterans to their ranks of employees."

The Nov. 10 date was selected to coincide with Veteran's Day, which is commemorated each year on November 11, and with the birthday of the United States Marine Corps, which was adopted by resolution on Nov. 10, 1775, officially forming the Continental Marines. The Veterans Career Fair is open to all veterans and those who were recently released from active duty. Veterans from Mercer, Middlesex and Burlington counties have been invited to participate.  All jobseekers are requested to dress professionally for possible on-the-spot interviews and to bring 20 copies of their resume. Prospective employers can register a table or booth for no fee.

Businesses currently registered include those in the fields of banking, finance, hospitality, security, transportation, customer service, medical services and distribution and warehousing. Also expected is participation by several Veterans' service agencies with informational booths.

Employers should contact Kassia Switlik Bukosky at One-Stop for more information or to register at (609) 989-6201 or email kbukosky@mercercounty.org. Veterans who have questions about the Career Fair or who wish to participate in resume and interviewing workshops should contact Lois Bunch at (609) 292-3059 or lois.bunch@dol.state.nj.us or Al Stahl at (609) 292-0656 or albert.stahl@dol.state.nj.us.

Veterans who may be in need of other services should call the Mercer County Office of Veterans Services at (609) 989-6120.

The mission of the One-Stop Center is to provide targeted work search and quality training for residents seeking employment and to help local business grow by enhancing the pool of qualified candidates for jobs.

For instance, for individuals seeking employment, the One-Stop Center offers fax, phone, and Internet service, employment counseling, vocational training, veterans' services, resume assistance, and a host of other resources. Services for businesses and employers include job fairs, applicant screenings, labor market data, and "On the Job Training," among others.

Through the One-Stop Center, Mercer County helped place more than 1,000 individuals in jobs in the last fiscal year, and the Center processed more than 18,000 customers.

For more information about the One-Stop Career Center's services, call (609) 989-6523 or visit the new location at 26 Yard Avenue, Trenton. The Center's hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.