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Maintaining the Momentum - Helping Military Spouses Find Good Jobs in 2012

A San Diego hiring fair will feature 50 companies looking to fill job openings with military spouses

Addressing military spouse employment is an important priority for Joining Forces in 2012. Military spouses are resilient, flexible, loyal and highly educated. Yet they also have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country – 26 percent of military spouses who want to work can’t find employment.

On the heels of a tremendous hiring fair last week in Washington, DC, Joining Forces is pleased to support the Military Spouse Symposium & Career Fair on Thursday January 26 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. 

Co-produced by the Military Officers Association and Blue Star Families, this is a can’t-miss event for military spouses looking for meaningful employment.  Whether you’re looking for a job now or preparing for a future career, you can take advantage of workshops and talk to experts and employers who can help. Held in conjunction with West 2012 (the largest military expo on the West Coast covering communications, electronics, intelligence, and more), the Military Spouse Symposium & Career Fair is free and open to all military spouses - all ranks, active duty, retired, Reserve and National Guard. Service members and veterans are also welcome.

There will be more than 50 employers at the event and they are there for one reason: to hire military spouse and veterans. Importantly, half of the employers are Military Spouse Employment Partners, which means they’ve made a public commitment to hire military spouses. 

Register for the 2012 Military Spouse Symposium & Career Fair today.

Brad Cooper is Executive Director of Joining Forces in the Office of the First Lady.