FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker's gate guards are the post's first line of defense and officials want to make sure the most qualified candidates are guarding the entrance to the home of Army Aviation.

Fort Rucker will host a Gate Guard Job Fair Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. at Bldg. 5700 where applicants should come prepared to interview for a job, according to Mike Kozlowski, Army Community Service employment readiness program manager.

"It will be a one-stop shop where all the agencies that will be involved in the hiring process will be there," he said.

One issue many people have had when applying for a federal job is poorly constructed resumes that don't properly identify the qualifications of applicants, resulting in too few hires, he said.

"In the past, (DPS) has received a slew of applications or resumes -- hundreds of them -- and out of that stack only (a couple) might get hired," he said. "They asked me to teach these folks how to write a resume because the major glaring thing that they noticed is that people wrote (inefficient) resumes."

One of the main culprits of a poorly constructed resume that Kozlowski said he noticed were that people tend to focus more on themselves than their accomplishments.

"People pretty much created autobiographies, or what I call chronological obituaries," he said. "They talked a lot about themselves, but did not connect the dots between their experiences to the job requirements."

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Because of this, many applicants who may have been qualified might be overlooked because they weren't able to properly word their experience to showcase their ability to fill the position, said the ERP manager.

"There probably were a few that might have gotten tossed out of the pile because they just didn't voice it correctly," he said. "If you're applying to be a gate guard, you'd better have some sort of security background, or at least word it in some sort of way that gives them the impression that you have some level of expertise in that area.

"You've got to think outside of the box in some cases, and think how your experiences at your current employment or past employment fits the job that's been posted -- not the other way around," Kozlowski continued. "Too many people place themselves at the center of the universe, and when you focus on yourself, your tendency is to create that autobiography that doesn't make a connection between your skills and the job requirements."

For more information, call 255-2594.