LTC Partners Veterans Career Fair Connects More Than 150 Vets and Family Members with Employers
Portsmouth, NH: The LTC Partners (LTCP) Veterans Career Fair held Thursday, September 22, proved to be a great success, with several veterans receiving job offers on the spot, while many others were able to schedule interviews with potential employers.
More than 150 prospective employees attended the fair and had the opportunity to meet with nearly 50 employers from the Seacoast area and beyond, representing a wide array of industries.
The event was designed to connect members of the U.S. Armed Services, veterans, and their families with qualified employers, employment agencies, educational opportunities, and service providers offering career assistance. In addition to the veterans hired at the fair, 55 percent of employers have scheduled interviews with prospective employees since the event, while 45 percent have provided other services, such as referrals.
Among the local and national companies that participated were:
- FedEx Ground
- High Liner Foods
- John Hancock Financial Services
- SIG SAUER
- Veterans services such as Veterans Count and résumé assistance
- Wentworth by the Sea
- Five regional staffing agencies
In addition to the connections made by attendees, the day featured an opening ceremony with Army Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond, executive director of Home Base, a partnership of Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. Home Base is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war for post-9/11 service members, veterans, and their families through clinical care, fitness-and wellness-based programs, community outreach, education, and research.
"By coming here today, you're really demonstrating well beyond 'thank you for your service.' You're actually trying to help [veterans] with their transition," Hammond said to employers.
New Hampshire State Senator Martha Fuller Clark and delegates from the offices of U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) were also in attendance.
"I want to pass along my appreciation to Long Term Care Partners for your continued advocacy on behalf of our veterans and your efforts to coordinate today's event. We want our veterans to have every opportunity to succeed, and our country benefits by taking advantage of their special abilities," Shaheen said in a statement read on her behalf in support of the event. "Our economy requires an experienced, educated, and qualified workforce, and local employers know that veterans represent a pool of talented and eager workers capable of meeting that demand. That's why events like this Veterans Career Fair are so important. They connect veterans to businesses and projects where they continue to use their skills to contribute to the good of the community."
LTC Partners CEO Paul Forte extended his appreciation to the many companies that took part in the Veterans Career Fair.
"We're tremendously grateful to the employers who came to meet with veterans and their families, many of whom made connections that will lead to meaningful employment," he said. "Their presence at this event, along with that of our esteemed guests and elected officials, demonstrates that we are willing to aid our veterans with more than words."
LTC Partners has been actively involved in veterans' issues for a number of years. A key supporter of Veterans Count and other veterans' organizations, the company has also increased its employment efforts by partnering with numerous agencies, attending veteran-only job fairs, and setting up automatic feeds to the Veterans Job Bank. LTC Partners has also worked with New Hampshire Employment Security to locate candidates who are former members of the military. Today, 30 LTCP employees are veterans. All LTCP employment applicants are screened for veteran status; the company works with hiring managers to adapt transferable skills to its business.
In addition to its hiring practices, LTC Partners has sponsored the annual Seacoast Veterans Conference, has provided support for the New Hampshire office of Health and Human Services' community-based military programs, and has collaborated with iHeartRadio on its Show Your Stripes campaign.
About LTC Partners
LTC Partners® (Long Term Care Partners, LLC®, or LTCP®), a diversified third-party administrator of large-scale insurance and benefits programs, was founded in 2002. LTC Partners administers both the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program and BENEFEDS under the oversight of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The company is located at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, NH. LTC Partners is a wholly owned subsidiary of John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Company.