On this week’s Workforce Wednesday, the Alaska Department of Labor’s veteran employment representative Delma Chapa joined Daybreak to discuss job opportunities for military veterans.

Alaska has more veterans per capita than any other state in America, but the state’s unemployment numbers for former military members are above the national average.

Chapa is a 20-year veteran and says she is invested because she understands how it can seem difficult for a service member to enter the civilian workforce.

”At the job center, we provide a lot of the workshops to get [veterans] job ready,” explained Chapa. “Resume writing, mock interviews, things like that will assist them when they go into interviews with an employer.”

Fourteen job centers are located throughout the state of Alaska. Chapa says there are many job opportunities for veterans, from health care to retail. Employers are seeking skill sets that service members are known for.

”Veterans are accustomed to being in a very structured, very disciplined environment. So there’s little room for error,” explained Chapa. “Military soft skills that employers seek, like planning, flexibility, communication, integrity to name a few. That’s what [employers] seek out.”

A veterans and military spouses job fair is being held this Friday, Nov. 16. at the University Center Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dress to impress and bring business cards and resumes. Jobs await, the general public is welcome as well.

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