Tigers, GM host job fair for veterans Friday

Ian Thibodeau
The Detroit News

General Motors and the Detroit Tigers are hosting an all-day job fair for veterans Friday at Comerica Park.

The Hiring Our Heroes job fair begins at 9 a.m. Friday. It wraps at 2 p.m., and those attending will get two free tickets to the Friday night Tigers game.

Keith Nattrass, GM military and veteran affairs officer, said the job fair is held to help veterans adjust to civilian life.

Veterans face a number of hurdles upon exiting the military, Nattrass said. Some don’t know how to obtain proper licensing for skilled trades, while others need help figuring out where they want to work.

“These are life decisions we all face,” he said. “It’s a little more focused in the military. A lot of (veterans) are not really sure where they want to go.”

As of 2014, there were roughly 660,000 veterans in Michigan.

The Detroit event is one of several held around the country in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is a partner for Friday’s event, too.

There will be more than 100 “veteran-friendly” employers at Comerica Park looking to hire veterans — both active personnel and reservists — and their spouses, Nattrass said.

GM has positions open to veterans in everything from engineering and product development to logistics, distribution and cyber security, Nattrass said. The company also has free programs designed to get veterans who have experience working on vehicles in the military certified and credentialed to work on civilian vehicles.

Veterans make great hires, said Nattrass, an Air Force veteran. “The veteran brings self-discipline to the job.” They’re always autonomous, ethical, timely, trainable and adaptable, he said.

“It makes a lot of great business sense to hire veterans.”

Friday’s event will start with onsite registration at 9 a.m.; attendees can also register at www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/detroit-hiring-expo-detroit-tigers-0. There will be resume and interview workshops until 11 a.m., followed by the job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nattrass said GM has plenty of jobs available that “line straight up from the military,” which include non-skilled and highly skilled positions.



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