Communication to take focus in jobs for veterans program



By Michelle Willard

More than 500 jobs were created in Rutherford County in 2014 and only 10 percent of those open jobs were filled by military veterans, according to information from the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.

One barrier standing in the way of more veterans getting these jobs is an inability to communicate, said Beth Duffield, vice president for workforce development a the Chamber of Commerce.

“We have heard from employers and veterans that there is a communication gap between veterans and civilians who are looking to hire them,” Duffield said.

MTSU and th eChamber of Commerce will partner April 13 for “Bridging the Gap: Helping Employers Understand How to Effectively Hire Veterans.”

The day-long seminar will give human resources professionals an opportunity to explore and understand best practices for hiring and retaining military veterans in the workplace.

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