By Titus Ledbetter III, Belvoir EagleOctober 31, 2013
The Army Career and Alumni Program and Army Community Service sponsored a job fair Oct. 24 at the Fort Belvoir Community Center.
Hundreds of people came out to visit with the more than 30 employers looking to hire candidates with military experience. Joline Miller, ACAP contractor installation manager, said she was impressed with the turnout for the event. Employers attending the job fair represented many fields, including human resources, medicine and administration.
"It is very important that we make sure to continue supporting our servicemembers and our Family members in getting jobs, whether they are staying here or relocating," Miller said.
ACAP provides Soldiers with resources including workshops, seminars and counseling, to enhance their transition experience. ACS programs help servicemembers, retirees, Department of Defense civilians and their Families manage the daily challenges of military and government service.
Employers at the job fair had a wide-variety of job openings, including six-figure management positions and temporary work.
Representatives of Hero 2 Hired, a DoD program dedicated to helping those with military experience find jobs, also attended the job fair. They set up a trailer outside of the Community Center and helped job seekers navigate the program's website.
Laureen DuPree, ACS employment readiness program manager, said exit interviews indicated that job seekers were pleased with the job fair. She was excited to see H2H personnel helping people look for jobs in the trailer.
"H2H has been a fabulous supplement to what we are able to provide with the employers on-site," DuPree said. "It expands opportunities for our job seekers."
Markqus Moore, sales manager at Verizon in Fairfax, Va., said his company always participates in military job fairs. He said he was finding the talent that he was looking for at the fair. Separating servicemembers bring discipline, leadership, commitment, loyalty and integrity to their private sector jobs when they leave the service.
"All of those traits are definitely what you know you can get from a veteran," Moore said. "That is just what their cores values are and that is how they do their jobs."
Thomas Jones, program manager for CSC's Military Recruitment Program, said his company made a commitment to hire 2,000 veterans, military spouses and wounded warriors in a 12-month span. Many of the company's programs support the military.
Jones said that separating servicemembers are exactly what his company is seeking, because their experience is relevant and many of them do not mind relocating.
Sgt. Richard Williams, 596 Signal Company, attended the job fair to look for a second job. He said that ACAP and ACS did a great job in sponsoring the event. Job fairs are important to servicemembers.
"I believe it is a good opportunity for spouses and Soldiers to see what is out there," Williams said.
Spc. Richard Lafave, a patient at the Warrior Transition Brigade, said that he was also impressed with the event.
"I think it is great," he said. "I think it is good for the Soldiers getting out, for the Soldiers who are not expecting to retire, but also for the Soldiers who are getting out unexpectedly."