After months of searching, DAV helps veteran find employment
Air Force veteran Jonathan Campos seemed to have all the criteria necessary to find employment after his service, but it still took him eight months to find work.
“I’m a 15-year active duty (Air Force) firefighter, now (Reserves),” says Campos. “It took me eight months to find employment, even after earning an associate, bachelors, masters, and certification while on active duty.”
His long search ended thanks to a DAV RecruitMilitary Job Fair.
“I attended a DAV job fair in Houston and was employed three days later with CERES Environmental, a disaster recovery company helping communities throughout the U.S. and overseas.”
Today, Jonathan is a project superintendent who oversees community disaster operations with the company. He says the DAV job fair made getting hired easy.
“They put together a hiring fair which got me in contact with my current employer, networking with veterans and employers alike, and various booths made it easy.”
He advises other veterans to submit their resumes, but to also focus attention on networking.
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” says Jonathan. “Go to fairs, meet-ups, get your name and face out there. Go to the event and make sure to talk to all the booths, vendors and employers.”
DAV, he says, is doing its part to help veterans get hired.
“They are helping vets connect by putting these events together that allow us to get attention faster,” says Jonathan.