Advertising Week & IAVA Team Up to Support New Veterans at "Operation Deploy" Job Fair
Posted by Christina Kim on October 2
On Monday, October 1, 2012, IAVA and Advertising Week joined forces to host a unique and targeted job fair for new veterans -- "Operation Deploy: Madison Avenue." Kicking off one of the industry's most anticipated and influential week of events, the fair brought together a number of companies who pledged to support new veterans in their transition out of the military and into new careers in the advertising, media and production industries.
With nearly 30 companies setting up shop at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of New York City, IAVA Member Veterans had the opportunity to network and meet with recruiters and Human Resources team representatives and to get their resumes in front of the industry's leading agencies and companies. (Missed out? Check to see what companies were there!)
In addition to getting access to companies, IAVA members also had the chance to hear from IAVA's Chairman of the Board, Vietnam vet, and former advertising executive Ed Vick and IAVA's Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff. Recounting his own experience getting into the advertising industry, Ed encouraged employers to look for the qualities that vets developed while in the military -- dedication, ambition, leadership and much more.
But that's not all. IAVA members also got the full VIP treatment: tickets to see an invite-only concert featuring Rita Ora, Funkmaster Flex and Busta Rhymes; the chance to win one of five roundtrip airline vouchers from Southwest Airlines; and special "Combat to Career" tote bags from Tuesday's Children, a nonprofit organization that "creates programs that bring together children and families whose lives have been dramatically altered by an act of terrorism."
"I've been following the success of this company for quite some time now and having them come to this event was such a great opportunity to gain that extra edge I need to be recognized. I had a productive conversation with them and in less than 6 hours we're scheduling follow up interviews this week."
In just the last year, IAVA has connected hundreds of veterans with employers through innovative career fairs, helped over 10,000 veterans go to college on the New GI Bill, and provided mental health support to over 50,000 veterans—all at no cost to Member Veterans. Programs like these are only made possible through your generous support. Fight for those who fought for us and help us keep these resources and benefits completely free for new veterans and their families. DONATE >>
Not an IAVA member yet? What are you waiting for?! IAVA Member Veterans get access to exclusive career fairs, events and tickets. Join up today--membership is free and all you have to do is submit proof of OIF/OND/OEF status.
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