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Prospective employers are encouraged to sign up

TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County One-Stop Career Center is conducting a Job and Information Expo tailored specifically for military veterans who are seeking employment, Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) at 293 Green Lane, Ewing.

“We owe our military veterans a debt of gratitude, and I’m pleased to invite our veterans to visit the job expo 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 expo, to consider adding military veterans to their ranks of employees.”

The Veterans Career Expo 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 30 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.

To register for the Career Expo or about other veterans services, please contact Lois Bunch at (609) 292-3059 or lois.bunch@dol.state.nj.us or Lester Shelley at (609) 292-0656 or lester.shelley@dol.state.nj. Veterans who may be in need of other services should call the Mercer County Department 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,” (a salary reimbursement program) among others.

Through the One-Stop Center, Mercer County helped place more than 3,200 individuals in jobs in the last fiscal year, and the One Stop assisted more than 87,000 customers.

For more information about the One-Stop Career Center’s services, call (609) 989-6523 or visit the center 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.