Although they're typically used to do business, virtual meetings also can be used to do good. Case in point: virtual events provider ON24, which announced today that it has teamed up with Veteran Recruiting Services — the market leader in virtual career fairs for the military community — to host the first-ever virtual career fair for veterans with service-related disabilities.For a recap of the week's top stories, check out MeetingNews Minute:
Taking place Oct. 31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, the career fair gives disabled veterans the opportunity to benefit from the advantages that virtual meetings offer, not the least of which is having equal access to the event, with no physical travel required.
"Despite an improving employment outlook overall, unemployment remains high for military veterans, particularly for those with a service-related disability," said ON24 CEO Sharat Sharan. "With the Virtual Career Fair for Veterans with Disabilities, we are applying the reliability, scalability and reach of our Platform 10 technology, along with our extensive experience implementing virtual career fairs, toward the goal of matching the talented men and women coming out of the armed forces with careers in the industries of their choice."
Some of the key employers participating in the Virtual Career Fair for Veterans with Disabilities include Progressive Insurance, Amtrak, Lowe's, Intuit, TSA, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Waste Management, Wellpoint and Xerox Business Services.
"They have recognized that hiring veterans is a great business decision, as well as the right thing to do," said Kevin O'Brien, managing partner of Veteran Recruiting Services.
Similar Veteran Recruiting Services events have resulted in more than 12,000 veterans finding employment with hundreds of America's biggest and best companies, according to ON24, which pointed out that unemployment for veterans is over 12 percent.
"We are pleased to be working with ON24 to provide the first virtual career fair for veterans with service-related disabilities," O'Brien continued. "Veterans with disabilities have a much tougher time finding employment. Through a virtual career fair we can give them equal access to employers and job opportunities. We encourage all veterans with service-related disabilities to register for this groundbreaking event."