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Veteran and Wounded Warrior Hiring Summit

NAVSEA connects military to jobs in PNW

Northwest Guardian

Published: 01:10PM May 4th, 2017
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Courtesy of Naval Sea Systems Command/2014

Hiring managers representing a variety of companies, big and small, attend the 2014 Employer Summit part of the Department of the Navy’s Veteran and Wounded Warrior Hiring Summit.

Naval Sea Systems Command will bring the seventh annual Veteran and Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Summit May 23 and 24 to the Double Tree Hilton Hotel — Seattle-Tacoma Airport.

Employers and hiring managers will host a one-day summit May 23, and the hiring fair May 24 is free to attend. Walk-in interviews are available for wounded warriors, veterans, transitioning service members, family members and caregivers.

This is the first time the event is taking place in Sea-Tac. Considering the military connections with pipelines at installations like Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Seattle area could be a perfect site.

“You have major tech industries and defense contractors and then it also helps that NAVSEA has a presence out there with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center at Keyport,” said Caitlin Williams, deputy program manager for NAVSEA’s Veteran and Wounded Warrior Program Office.

The first two events took place in Washington, D.C., before fairs in San Diego, Raleigh, N.C., San Antonio and Tampa, Fla.

Featured employers include a wide range of corporations and businesses. There are government positions with groups like NAVSEA, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and Transportation Security Administration.

James Slater, deputy director for NAVSEA’s office of corporate communications, said NAVSEA is looking to fill more than 800 positions for the shipyard and Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Keyport.

Then there are large corporations with Pacific Northwest ties attending, such as Alaska Airlines, Boeing and Microsoft. Additionally, smaller regional companies, like Wilcox Family Farms based in Roy, will be present.

While prospective employees from the military community get to learn about job opportunities, organizations attending also have a chance to learn about the talent pool. The first day’s Employer Summit is considered a platform for employer awareness.

Some organizations have already hired veterans and want to provide feedback on how those who served can benefit all companies.

“It’s a platform to share resources and best practices,” Williams said.

Job seekers are able to bring their resumes and speak with employers during the hiring fair, which starts May 24 at 9 a.m. Parking at the hotel will be validated at no cost. Lunch will also be provided.

For more information or to register before the event, visit hireavet.navy.mil.

Dean Siemon: 253-477-0235, @deansiemon