TAP Employer Days job fairs a big hit for more than transitioning Soldiers
Officials at the Fort Knox Transition Assistance Program are encouraging Soldiers, spouses and veterans to attend their Employer Days job fairs, which run from 10:30 a.m. to noon on three specific dates each month. Call 502-624-5622 for more information. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jennifer Quaye) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Are you a transitioning Soldier looking for a great job? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Are you a spouse or veteran looking for a great job? Same answer.

That place is Building 1378 in Graham Hall, where Fort Knox Transition Assistance Program specialists bring employment representatives from 10 a.m. to noon three times a month to get to know those seeking employment.

“These are not just open to transitioning Soldiers,” said Jennifer Quaye, transition services specialist, TAP. “They’re open to spouses, too; and veterans. Of course we’re focusing on our transitioning Soldiers, but I’m trying to also get it out to the community.”

Called Employer Days, each of the Department of Labor workshops begin promptly at 10 o’clock with employer introductions, so job seekers are asked to show up sometime before the start time.

“Our Career Skills Program coordinator can make connections with these employers, which then may turn into internships,” said Quaye.

During introductions, each organization will be given two minutes to provide an elevator speech about their company and available positions. Afterward, job seekers will be given about 45 minutes to meet with the organization and company recruiters. The event is intended to mirror a job fair, but on a much smaller scale, according to Quaye.

“I’m ranging right now from seven to 10 employers at each event,” said Quaye. “I like to have employers come in on a rotating basis.”

Because of the rotating schedule, Quaye said she always invites transitioning Soldiers who have attended a previous session to drop in and meet the new group of employers: “They can keep coming continuously.”

Quaye said the employment fairs work.

“We have had several Soldiers who have been hired from Employer Days,” said Quaye. “Even though it might not be on the spot because our Soldiers are not getting out for six or seven months, these employers are starting to develop relationships. They go through the application process, interview process, and by the time the service member is separating, they possibly already have a job.”

Quaye said those who are in the final stage of job seeking are encouraged to bring resumes and be prepared to do on-the-spot interviews, but it’s not necessary.

“Some employers are ready to do on-the-spot interviews, but mostly they’re prepared with their spreadsheet to obtain information — like a first contact,” said Quaye. “Most employers are realizing that they’re here to network and start the conversation.”

Prospective employees are asked to mark their calendars for the following upcoming dates: July 12, 18 and 27; Aug. 8, 16 and 30; and, Sept. 12, 20 and 27. For more information, call 502-624-5622.