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Wells Fargo, which has attended a few fairs, has a support group for employees who are veterans, said Philomena Satre, a bank vice president. She said the fair lets the bank inform vets of the various job types the bank offers beyond teller and loan officer. The bank’s booth hosted more than 50 veterans, many of whom were well prepared and asked good questions, she said.
Last year, the bank hired a few vets to work at branch offices and this year, it will follow up with several vets who came to the job fair, said Amanda Altwegg, a booth recruiter.
Finley said more than 30 vets were hired at last year’s job fair, most by U.S. Bank. At least 60 more were hired after the fair, employers reported.
Veterans often need help to translate their military service skills into terms that employers can see are applicable to jobs they offer, Finley said. For example, instead of telling an employer about operating an M1A1 Abrams tank, a veteran could talk about driving endless-track equipment that housed a computer and a GPS tracking system.
That’s the kind of driver the Metropolitan Transportation Network is looking for to drive school buses, said company recruiter Stacey Booth. She said 35 of the company’s 177 drivers are veterans.
“With a military background, a lot have truck-driving experience — that’s a big step,” she said.
“The military have a great work ethic and teamwork.”
Staff writer Mark Brunswick contributed to this report. Jim Adams • 612-673-7658