FORT BENNING, Ga. " Get your resumes ready " the Army Career and Alumni Program, along with CivilianJobs.com, is hosting a Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Benning Conference Center in Building 128 on Morrison Avenue.

Open to transitioning military, retirees, veterans, National Guard, Reserve and their spouses " the Career Expo will feature more than 40 local and national employers who are looking to hire.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register to take advantage of the unique benefits the Career Expo has, said Vicki Washington, director of job fair operations for CivilianJobs.com.

By pre-registering, individuals are matched to participating employers according to their skill and geographic location, she said. When a person signs in the day of the expo, he or she will receive a list of employers that matches their demographic.

"It isn't your typical job fair " you have an actual target," Washington said.

Employers also receive resumes a week in advance and may contact pre-registered individuals for an interview prior to, or during, the expo.

The Career Expo's process, Washington said, is to be productive for military service members because she understands how stressful job fairs can be.

"I did 24 years in the Army (before retiring) and it was a strange new world for me when I got out," she said.

Washington, who retired as a sergeant major, said she was unsure of how to start " undoing years of military life and transitioning into civilian life.

A young Soldier who is getting out of the military with a family and mortgage might need help in finding a job quickly, she said.

"It can be overwhelming to see over 100 different companies and not knowing where to start," Washington said. "We try to take some of the stress out of the process."

Employers are from various fields, including aviation, customer service, management, medical, engineering and sales. The expo provides great networking opportunities for Soldiers and a chance to practice speaking with company representatives before going to an interview, she said.

Washington said recruiters from all over the country will attend and be looking to give Soldiers the opportunity for employment, regardless of what state they move to.

"It's competitive out there," she said. "They are competing with not just Soldiers, but civilians … we give them a bit of an advantage."

For more information, call 678-819-4132 and to register, visit www.civilianjobs.com.

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