By LYNSIE DICKERSON
Gold Standard Staff Writer
Hundreds of people—both job seekers and employers—came out to the Saber & Quill throughout the day for the job fair Oct. 16.
“With the downsize that’s upcoming, especially with the possibility of a second downsize…it becomes even more crucial to get these young Soldiers married up with employers ahead of time,” said Frank Johnston, transition services manager. “You can’t wait until the last minute out there anymore with the job market and the way it is. You have to help them prior plan what they’re willing to do when they get out.”
The job fair was open to Soldiers, Family members, veterans and the general public.
“The annual career fair, job fair, that we do is well worth the effort and time put in, but I would like to see more of the local retirees, transitioners, Soldiers that have already gotten out, take advantage of it,” Johnston said. “Even though our target audience is active duty Soldiers who are getting out, it’s not just for them. We can also assist on this local job fair all the local communities, veterans and local civilian job seekers.”
A total of 405 job seekers and 54 employers attended the job fair. Companies were both local and national and represented jobs in various fields, including education, sales, management, law enforcement and technical expertise. Companies were also invited to communicate with job seekers via Skype, Johnston said, adding that this is the first year employers have been able to do so.
Universal Truckload Services’ Dan Reagor, director capacity development/Troops 2 Trucks program, said he saw some impressive resumes from the job seekers, who he thought were well dressed and respectful.
“I’m pretty well impressed with their whole operation here,” Reagor said. “It’s one of the better job fairs that I attend.”
The job fair was even helpful for finding jobs outside of Kentucky, said Staff Sgt. Chad Harris, who will be retiring to Florida. Harris said the job fair was very informative and included jobs he didn’t know existed.
“I’m having a blast,” he said.
Harris’ wife, Olivia Harris, also attended the job fair.
“I think these (job fairs) are great for the guys,” especially for those who have never been to a job fair or job interview before, she said.
The Army Career and Alumni Program, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Family Employment Readiness Center, Army Community Service, and the Office of Employment and Training partnered to put on the job fair, Johnston said.
Maj. Gen. Jeff Smith, Col. T.J. Edwards and rest of command team have been very supportive of the transition program and “have been enthusiastically supporting all of the (Veterans Opportunities to Work) requirements,” Johnston added.
“It’s a job fair for everyone,” said Stacey Crank, an administrative specialist who helped make sure the employers received their welcome packets and any necessary information. “It is a great opportunity for anybody seeking a position.”