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MAYOR CARLISLE DECLARES JAN. 18 ‘HIRE OUR HEROES DAY’

(Wed., Jan. 11, 2012)—Mayor Peter Carlisle has signed a proclamation declaring January 18 “Hire Our Heroes Day,” in support of a major job fair and a U.S. Chamber of Commerce initiative to help veterans and military spouses find employment.

“Veterans are disciplined, project-focused and team players,” Carlisle said. “They have the attitudes and skills that make them valuable employees.”

Hire Our Heroes will be the main focus of Job Quest, Hawaii’s oldest and largest job fair. Recruiters from over 125 local businesses, mainland organizations, military branches and government agencies will be accepting applications for available jobs on Wednesday, January 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

The mission of Hire Our Heroes is twofold: To make employers aware of opportunities to hire disciplined, well-trained men and women who have honorably served their country, and to welcome our soldiers home by helping them transition to the civilian workforce. As part of this effort, tax breaks for employers who hire veterans have been increased.

Admission to the job fair will be free to military veterans. General admission will be $3; students and seniors with valid identification will be admitted for $1. Attendees should dress appropriately for a job interview, bring multiple copies of their resumes, and have positive attitudes. Job-seekers can pre-register at www.successhi.com and follow on Facebook at WorkForce/JobQuest Hawaii.

The event is sponsored by Oahu WorkLinks, ALTRES Staffing and Success Advertising and presented in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the job fair, please contact Rolanse Crisafulli, Department of Community Services at 768-5607.

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