Job Fair: Record number of participants at 10th year
July 11, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (July 11, 2013) -- It has been a decade since the first Fort Rucker Area Job Fair was held, bringing in civilians, Family members and Soldiers looking for a new job or career, and this year the co-hosted event will feature 100 employers looking to hire immediately.
The job fair is scheduled for July 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Enterprise High School Gymnasium and it offers opportunities for job seekers to shine.
"Job seekers will meet representatives from a diverse blend of local businesses, government contractors and federal agencies," said Debbie Gaydos, Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program manager, adding that people need to expect to stand in line if they do not arrive early.
The fair is co-hosted by Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program, Army Career and Alumni Program, and the Enterprise and Daleville Chambers of Commerce.
"Last year we had 1,872 people attend the fair. We expect about 2,500 to 3,000 people this year due to increased space and additional vendors," said Gaydos.
There is no fee to attend, and job opportunities are available in the fields of retail, logistics, medical, law enforcement, Aviation, food service, administration, sales and more.
Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union, Bay County Vet Center, Lockheed Martin, Office Depot and U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security are just a few companies that will be in attendance.
For a full list of participating companies and their websites, visit www.ftruckermwr.com.
In addition to the Fort Rucker Job Fair, the U.S. Chamber will host the "Hiring Our Heroes" Job Fair at the same location. This fair will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m.
"This is a great opportunity for soon-to-separated military members, veterans and military spouses to get a jump start in the job market," said Gaydos.
Though the fair is largely attended by people with a military background, Gaydos said that it continues to highlight the connection between Fort Rucker and the Wiregrass area.
"It reminds the local area of the strength and diversity of our local workforce -- strengthening economic and workforce development," she said. "In addition, it creates a great bond with the local community."
This fair is the largest employment event in the Wiregrass, with more than 9,200 job opportunities available under one roof, so Gaydos suggests to plan on spending the full four hours at the event.
"Go online and look at the companies. Make a list of those that might be a match to your skills and see them first," she said. "In today's market you very seldom get to actually meet the recruiters. This is an opportunity to actually talk to the people that hire. Take advantage of it."
Approximately 61 percent of the positions require relocation, but Gaydos said that temporary staffing companies will also be in attendance for those seeking local jobs and seasonal jobs for those affected by the furlough.
"There will be areas that are designated for applicants to complete employment applications and for businesses to interview potential employees," said Gaydos. "Who knows? You might walk away with a new job."
Soldiers getting out of the military can receive services at the Army Career and Alumni Program. For more information, call 255-2558.
For more information on the job fair, call 255-3949.