Fort Rucker Job Fair ‘too large’ to be held on post
CW5 Ralph Gilgenast talks with Debbie Henkes, a Med-Trans Air Medical Transport representative, at the Fort Rucker Job Fair last year at The Landing.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The annual Fort Rucker Job Fair is set for Aug. 17 beginning at 10 a.m., but it won’t take place on post.

This year’s job fair takes place at the Enterprise Civic Center and is open to all job seekers, both military and civilian, according to Debbie Gaydos, Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program manager.

“It just got too big for Fort Rucker,” she said of the event’s expected attendance. “It is twice the size of any other local job fair and the businesses attending must be hiring. We anticipate 2,500-3,000 job seekers will turn out for this event.”

Gaydos added that there will be a wide variety of businesses represented at this year’s event and they will be looking for many different skill sets.

“Businesses are hiring everything from retail sales to aerospace engineers,” she said. “Quite a few government contractors will be attending and they will be hiring transitioning Soldiers.”

She also offered some words of encouragement to those thinking of attending the job fair.

“If they are seeking employment or possibly changing careers, this is where they need to be,” she said. “How else could you meet this many recruiters and human resource managers under one roof?”

Those who plan to attend should be prepared, she said. That means dressing properly and having the right materials to get yourself noticed.

“People need to bring at least 10 copies of their updated resume’ and dress in their ‘Sunday best,’” she said.

Janice Erdlitz, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation marketing manager, said the event also represented an opportunity for the installation to work closely with one of its surrounding communities.

“We saw this opportunity to have the job fair in Enterprise this year as a great way for our local community to really to take part in the event,” she said. “Our retiree population lives off post, so it is very convenient to hold it in a local off-post community. We have had the job fair on post and off post, and this year, Enterprise Chamber of Commerce wanted to partner with us and it just made sense to host the event in Enterprise.”

Those looking for help in preparing for the job fair can sign up to attend the Job Fair Preparation Seminar, Aug. 12 at the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to noon.

To make reservations for the Job Fair Preparation Seminar, call 347-0581. For more information on the job fair, call 255-3949.

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