At least 500 people are anticipated to flock to Anderson next month when a job fair for the retired military, reservist, and active service members begins to roll out.
The two-day event, taking place September 7-8, will be held at the Civic Center of Anderson and will be hosted by Military Transition Services, a new nonprofit organization in Anderson started by Navy veteran Jhan Nixon.
According to Sherry Pittinger, the organization’s vice president, the goal of the event is to “help as many military servicemen and women as possible” from a three-state area.” She encourages those from South Carolina, North Carolina or Georgia to come and check out employment and education opportunities.
On September 7, veterans will be treated to various workshops that include assistance in writing resumes, tips on how to make a good impression with a potential employer, and advice on how to handle an interview. In addition, free haircut will be offered to participating veterans and their spouses on that day. And on September 8, job fair will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pittinger added that the Military Transition Services has partnerships with several organizations, including Anderson Interfaith Ministries. She is also hopeful that homeless veterans will consider visiting the events.
“We know that they have a lot of pride and may be nervous about coming,” she said. “But we can help them get plugged in and get back to work. This event is about the entire community giving our military a hand up.”