FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield Memorial VFW Post 7925 is hosting its first professional development event for veterans called “Suits for Soldiers” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 on site at 45 Plymouth Street in Fairfield.

Through a collaboration with Pio Costa & Associates of Fairfield, this one-day, Veteran-only event was created to give military Veterans an edge when it comes to job-seeking, personal branding and money management. According to Brian Gallagher, VFW Post 7925 Commander in Chief, these are skills that are often overlooked when a service member departs from their military service.

“Once a military member completes their service commitment, the transition back to the civilian community can be filled with challenges,” said Gallagher. “Some veterans tend to shadow behind their civilian counterparts by a few years when it comes to skills in the workplace. Skills such as what to place on your resume or how to master a job interview. My goal with this event is to help strengthen those skills that will make a Veteran much more competitive in the workplace.”

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During the event, attendees will have their resumes reviewed by a professional resume writer and recruiter to ensure its effectiveness as well as receive tips on preparing for job interviews. They will also receive helpful advice on building your personal brand in a digital world from Rutgers University’s Margaret O’Donnell, manager of military and veteran engagement program and Budgeting, Managing Debt & Credit, Saving and Investing from William Considine, Ameriprise Financial Services.

Pio Costa & Associates also recognized the need to assist Veterans who are joining the workforce or those Veterans who are looking to enhance their current skill set.

“There is a great need to support our Veteran workforce and ensure they have the best foot forward,” said Anthony Pio Costa, private wealth advisor for Pio Costa & Associates. "With their experience in the military, veterans are able to produce good habits early that generate great results."

Through a generous donation from their private wealth clients, Pio Costa & Associates are supplying gently-worn suits and dresses for veterans, who may attend at no cost. Professional headshots will also be provided free of charge from Phil Elliot of Phil Elliot Photography, a New Jersey based professional photographer.

This veteran-only event is free to attend, but an RSVP is suggested. Veterans who wish to enhance their interview skills, receive invaluable tips for job interviews, money management and how to enhance their personal brand are urged to sign up at www.vfwevents.org.

For additional information, contact Gallagher at briang@post7925.org or (973) 797-9927.