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Job fair targets unemployed veterans

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Despite the fact that numerous recent reports claim the national unemployment rate is down, there are plenty of people still searching for work, many of them veterans.

With Veterans Day around the corner, several local businesses participated in a job fair targeted at vets on Thursday.

About 400 veterans who are seeking jobs gathered at the Suncoast Hotel in North Las Vegas where representatives from hotels, travel companies, insurance companies and more hired on the spot.

Veterans told FOX5 they face challenges when job hunting others don't.

The event was called 400 Jobs for 400 Vets. Army veteran Victor Snow was hired to sell time shares for Wyndham Hotels.

"I've been looking for a job for a long time, but I've kept a positive outlook on this situation," Snow said.

Snow said a positive outlook is a must for unemployed veterans. Finding a job isn't easy for all veterans.

"I have a GED and a lot of people are looking for college people. I don't want to go to school now - I'm too old but the experiences I've had over the years should count," said unemployed veteran Lynn Greenwald.

One booth at the fair was dedicated to helping veterans translate their skills into talents valued in the civilian world.

"What we have are people that historically were construction workers or (in) manufacturing, and those are jobs that have disappeared," said fair volunteer Paul Bessette.

"I don't own any dress clothes. I've never had a reason to own (dress) clothes. I just shaved and put something together that was somewhat OK, said, 'What the heck - I'll give it a shot,' and that's it, I got hired," Snow said.

While some veterans may not have much in the way of formal education, they should emphasize skills such as punctuality, leadership and broad world experience to potential employers.

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