A large attendance at Friday's veterans' job fair at the Proact left the organisers and the participants with a great smile.
As part of the long-running Chesterfield FC Community Trust's monthly Veterans HUB the Trust provides a job fair to support veterans of the armed forces.
Over 40 businesses from the Chesterfield area came to the Proact Stadium with lots of work placements on offer.
Along with relevant community organisations from housing, health care and others the service providers could offer a broad spread for the veterans.
Over 500 former army soldiers used the opportunity at the stadium to get in touch with them. They received assistance finding jobs, a CV writing training, and help applying for any other kind of support.
Elizabeth Gaunt, one of the organisers, said: "It was overwhelming to have so many people here this morning.
"It is a wonderful appreciation of our work and it's great to see how fast we can actually help. Some of the veterans got a job offer straight away, which makes me very happy and encourages me to have this again next year."
Sgt. Keith Evans, who was there to recrute verterans for the army reserves, commented: "It's a great organisation and a good community. It makes it easy to offer support for the people here.
Ray Risk, one of the attending veterans, also enjoyed the event: "It could hardly be any better. Normally you feel like a table-tennis ball going ping-pong from one organisation to the other for support which can be quite annoying.
"But here you have all everything you need in one place and can tick off all the boxes on your plan in one go, that is brilliant."