By Mr. Derek Gean (Leonard Wood)May 19, 2016
More than 390 job seekers took part in a hiring fair, capping off the Fort Leonard Wood Soldier For Life -- Transition Assistance Program Transition Summit, May 11 at Nutter Field House.
According to Beverly Rowe, transition services manager, the two-day summit provided more than 600 Soldiers with the opportunity to better prepare to meet civilian career goals after transitioning from active-duty service.
"The Transition Summit included key federal and state agencies, influential military leaders and innovators in the business and employer community," Rowe said. The summit featured panel discussions, workshops and networking events.
"Many service members who attended are receiving employment offers or have scheduled interviews," Rowe added.
More than 100 exhibitors were on hand, providing service members, veterans and Family members with a chance to network, explore potential career fields and even interview for jobs on the spot. There were also service agencies and colleges on hand providing information about its programs.
Christine Edwards, U.S. Bank Mortgage loan originator, veteran, and one of the recruiters at the fair, said her organization is looking to hire for available positions nationwide, ranging from tellers to management. She said her company values the skills veterans bring to the table.
"(Veterans are often more) detail oriented, know how to follow orders and work within a leadership structure -- I think all those things are helpful," Edwards said.
One veteran attending the fair said the summit helped better prepare him for meeting with potential employers.
"When you have employers telling what they are looking for in a resume, it really helps out," Chris Lewis said.
Lewis, a Florida native who is transitioning at the end of August, said he was hoping to find job opportunities in his home state.
"I am here to find information. I am also here to network a little bit. If the opportunity presents its self, I am going to jump on it," Lewis said.
The next hiring fairs are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 and Nov. 16 at Nutter Field House.
For more information, contact Rowe at 573.596.0131, ext. 60175.