Albuquerque, NM

Job Fair for Veterans scheduled for October 27

Adrian Holman

American Legion Post #13 will be holding a job fair for veterans at their facility on Wednesday, October 27th from 10 AM MST until 3 PM MST. The 21st Annual "The Job Connection" that is being held at American Legion Post #13 (1201 Legion Road NE) in Albuquerque, NM looks to help veterans, reserve military members, National Guard members, and transition military members returning back to the area after being stationed overseas.

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Over 40 different companies will be looking to hire new employees to their organizations that are either currently in the military or looking to transition out of the military back to civilian life. There are many different reasons as to why some corporations will exclusively look to hire someone with a military background.

The main reason is due to those with a military background being able to make sound split-second decisions. In the military, a split-second decision means the difference between life and death on the battlefield. If soldiers are able to mentally deal with war, then they should be able to deal with an unruly customer.

This quality is absolutely necessary in business now because over the past couple of years, the era of irritable customers have reached a new level of silliness to the point that these customers are called "Karens." Too many people feel that they are entitled to verbally and to physically assault a customer service representative over a defective product. Having more empathy towards a thing instead of towards a person is a negative outcome of this society which is geared towards materialism.

Having an employee with previous military experience is able to diffuse these unfortunate situations that occur from time to time with relative ease without jeopardizing the safety of innocent bystanders nearby. Protection is absolutely a priority in order to prevent a "Karen" from running rampant in the business sector.

Another reason why companies intentionally look to hire personnel with military experience is because of discipline. That same discipline that is necessary to go through boot camp and to be on the battlefield is the same type of structure needed when dealing with customers on a daily basis. Having disciplined employees cuts down on liability losses on the margin sheet for corporations.

Employers are always looking for current or transitioning military members to fill open positions. Veterans need jobs so that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sets into their minds. Veterans have to go through so much stress during war times that some are not able to cope emotionally and mentally when returning back to their civilian lives.

In a recent study, ten to twenty percent of soldiers that were in Afghanistan or in Iraq over the past 20 years suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. If that PTSD is not dealt with quickly by obtaining a job immediately after war, then veterans resort to harassment and to assault in an attempt to cope with all of the stress. That explains why assault and harassment is at an all-time high in the US military with almost one in four soldiers experiencing sexual assault and over half of female soldiers experiencing sexual harassment while in service.

Hiring veterans now is always beneficial so that they do not continue their pernicious ways when converting back to civilian life. This concept is absolutely critical in Albuquerque so that there will not be even more people acting like former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in southern New Mexico.

The event is RSVP, but if you are a member of the military in the Albuquerque area, then it will not hurt to see whether or not the event has been filled as of yet. For more information about this job fair, then click here.

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