MICC explores space in latest recruiting efforts
August 5, 2011
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Hoping to capitalize on a ready pool of trained government employees in search of a job following the final space shuttle landing, Mission and Installation Contracting Command recruiters took part in a job fair Aug. 2 in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Steven Stacy, a human resource specialist at the MICC, joined Army Contracting Command recruiters in manning a job fair booth where they had an opportunity to speak with hundreds of job seekers about employment opportunities and benefits available in the Army’s acquisitions corps.
The job fair was sponsored by NASA, Brevard Workforce and the state of Florida. It included more than 70 employers representing private industry and federal agencies who met with many of the 1,500 employees being laid off by United Space Alliance, a primary contractor for the Kennedy Space Center.
Although MICC recruiters were primarily seeking individuals to fill contracting specialist and quality assurance specialist positions, they also sought candidates for a variety of other career fields that also support the MICC’s primary mission. Candidates with experience in business, economics, law and management are needed to fill vacant positions across the nation.
“Not surprising, many of the recruits were engineers and technical parts specialists,” said Stacy, who added the recruiting team will refer applicable resumes to the Army Materiel Command for hiring consideration at the command’s depots and proving grounds.
According to Maria Allen, the deputy chief for the MICC Civilian Personnel Division, those formerly employed at Cape Canaveral present a valuable skill set for government employment.
“Most candidates worked for government contractors and many of these had previously been on active duty,” Allen said. “Their experience with government organization, personnel and mission accomplishment is valuable.”
Stacy said recruiters attend job fairs one to two times a month, depending on the opportunities available. Interested individuals can meet with MICC recruiters at the upcoming Military Stars job fair in Dallas later this month and the Hiring Heroes job fair at Fort Sam Houston in September.
The MICC is responsible for planning, integrating, awarding and administering contracts in support of Army commands, direct reporting units, U.S. Army North and other organizations to provide the best value for the mission, Soldiers and their families.