ReboundKC: Career fair for veterans, their families goes virtual

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Posted at 5:56 AM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 07:20:31-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Veterans and their families can participate in an online career fair Thursday.

The 4th Annual Greater Kansas City Veteran’s Career Fair will bring about 100 employers to one place.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event is virtual. Registration is free for job seekers. Employers are required to pay to register with proceeds of those fees going to support veterans organizations. Both employers and job seekers can register on the event’s website.

The event begins with workshops from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., job seekers can visit the virtual booths of employers and engage in text or video chats.

“You can actually kind of sneak into a booth and take a look around, see what jobs they have, learn a little bit more about the company before you want to make take that time to have that one-on-one conversation,” explained Candice Haines, an organizer and an outreach representative at Grantham University. “There's a lot of peruse-ability, if you will.”

The U.S. Department of Labor said unemployment among veterans was at 4.9 percent in January 2021. The unemployment rate for non-veterans during the same period was 6.3 percent.

Haines helped organize a Rebound Rundown for job seekers participating in the event:

  • Dress for success. Even for video chats, you want to look your best.
  • Research the employers before speaking with them.
  • Ask employers questions.
  • Submit your resumé ahead of time so you’re toward the top of the pile as employers review resumés.

The Rebound Kansas City is our effort is to help metro residents play a role in moving our community forward. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas to via email to and we welcome you to join in the conversation on the Rebound KC Facebook Group.

Whether you're Getting Back to Work after a layoff, need help Making Ends Meet during these trying times or need tips on Managing the Pressure we're all feeling, The Rebound has resources to find help. We'll also make sure local leaders are Doing What's Right to get Kansas City back track after a three-month shutdown.

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