Fort Polk spouses looking for job opportunities attended a job fair March 2.
Fort Polk spouses looking for job opportunities attended a job fair March 2.
(Photo Credit: Christy Graham)

FORT POLK, La. — The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk’s Army Community Service hosted a hiring event at the Family Readiness Center March 2, offering interviews and job offers to attendees.

Stacey Delgado, Fort Polk Employment Readiness Program manager, said “These events assist with spouse-employment challenges.

“We are providing a venue for spouses to come, be interviewed and receive on the spot offers.”

Employers at the event included Upper Iowa University; Fort Polk’s Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Manpower and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

Yasmine R. Grayson, Upper Iowa University center director, said the university is looking to fill part-time, adjunct teaching positions in the fields of psychology, business, accounting, English, math, criminal justice and sociology.

Manpower, a staffing agency at the event, said they were currently offering positions as dining facility attendants and in lanscaping.

“As a staffing agency, we also take applicants’ resumes and get them to the right people, helping to fill positions outside of what we are offering,” said Mike Bell, Manpower onsite coordinator.

“During the last event, we helped someone find a human resources manager position,” he said.

AAFES and Fort Polk’s DFMWR each had several offerings spanning the food and retail industries to child-care and lifeguard or water-safety instructor positions.

“DFMWR hired 19 employees during last month’s hiring event and had high hopes for this month’s event,” Delgado said.

A military-spouse attendee Alaina Olsen said, “I’ve never been to a job fair, but the process was easy. I spoke to a hiring representative and she scheduled a same-day interview for me, and I got a job offer.”

By the end of the event, 21 attendees received job offers, two of which were extended within the first 30 minutes of the event.