Looking for a job or planning a transition from military to civilian life?
The Association of the U.S. Army, in partnership with Fort Benning and the Georgia Department of Labor, will host a job fair at Freedom Hall Wednesday. Doors open at 9 a.m. for wounded warriors and their families and at 10 a.m. to the general public, including military veterans, retirees, Department of the Army civilians and family members. The fair ends at 2 p.m.
The AUSA job fair is held annually in May and is one of four the post does in conjunction with the Department of Labor, said Mark Mills, the post’s employment readiness program manager.
Army Community Services’ employment readiness program assists families with the challenges associated with job-seeking. Fort Benning’s employment readiness program offers information, referral services and assistance in employment, training and volunteer opportunities. Services include job counseling, job search training, resume writing assistance and goal setting.
Mills recommends not only job seekers attend the job fair but those who anticipate looking for a job in the next few years.
“This is a chance for active-duty service members to talk with companies and find out what they are looking for so that five or 10 years down the road, when they get out of the military, they have the education or licensing needed to pursue that type of job,” he said.
An official with the Georgia Department of Labor said nearly 50 businesses will participate, including representatives from the federal government, contractors, state agencies and local companies.
Mills said job seekers ”should be dressed for an on-site interview and bring at least 30 copies of their resume.” Sign language interpreters will be available for job seekers with special needs.
Personnel from the employment readiness office will be on site to give resume-building tips and assistance.
Help is also available at the employment readiness office, Building 2629 in Soldiers’ Plaza, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at the Army Career and Alumni Program office, Building 2634 in Soldiers’ Plaza, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.
The employment readiness office will be closed at 11:30 Tuesday and all day Wednesday for the fair.
WANTED: Help finding a job
Visit Fort Benning’s employment readiness website at www.benningmwr.com/acs-employmentreadiness.php to find local and worldwide job lists. You can also download training videos and information on grants and scholarships for spouses.
Who will be at the job fair:
Army & Air Force Exchange Service
AECOM Government Services
American Outsourcing Alternatives
American Truck Driving Academy
Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
Columbus Fire & EMS
Columbus Police Department
Columbus Regional Healthcare
Drug Enforcement Administration
Equity Group – Eufaula Division
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Forest Park Police Department
Freedom Home Care
Georgia Military College
Georgia Southwestern State University
Herzing University Online
Humana Military Healthcare Services
JB Hunt Transport
Kennesaw Transportation Inc.
LaGrange Police Department
Liberty National Life Insurance
Miller-Motte Technical College
Muscogee County School District
Opelika Alabama Career center
Orlando Police Department
Peek Pavement Marking
Southeastern Beauty/Barber School
St. Francis Hospital
Tallahassee Police Department
TIC Federal Credit Union
University of Phoenix
U.S. Army Healthcare Recruiting
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Valley Language Services
Source: Georgia Department of Labor