SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Transitioning military spouses sometimes have trouble finding employment when they arrive at their Soldier's new duty station; the Schofield Barracks Army Community Service (ACS) office took steps to ease the burden with a job fair on April 26 at the Nehelani Club.

A panel of local human resources and employment specialists offered advice and helped attendees learn how employers approach hiring and how to adapt to island life.

"I wanted to bridge that gap," said Yolanda Johnson, employment readiness program manager, Schofield Barracks ACS. "It allowed the military spouses and Soldiers an opportunity to find out how the employer may feel and think."

Panel members urged job-seekers to venture off military installations and truly experience Hawaiian culture. They also stressed the opportunities volunteer work can provide to not only get a feel for the Hawaiian community, but also open doors to employment.

Johnson said ACS is dedicated to empowering military spouses by teaching them to learn, lead and live on the island - and helping them find the best employment opportunities.

Local and national businesses set up booths to show attendees the diverse employment options available on Oahu.

ACS holds job fairs semi-annually and has scheduled the next event for October 18. For more information, call ACS at (808) 655-4227.