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Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 4:30 am

The Fort Hood Army Career and Alumni Program expects more than 4,000 job seekers to attend the Jan. 15 winter mega job fair at Club Hood.

Nearly 150 employers will be on-site, in addition to 18 schools and 10 support agencies, said Robert Schumacher, ACAP marketing coordinator and transition counselor.

“Currently, we do them twice a year,” he said. “The next one is scheduled for June 18. We may go for a third this year.”

About 5,000 people attended the last mega job fair in July.

“I can’t think of a bigger job fair in Central Texas,” Schumacher said.

In addition to large-scale events, ACAP hosts weekly mini job fairs at Oveta Culp Hobby Center on Monday.

“At the mini job fairs, some will make an offer on the spot. They tell us they have great success,” Schumacher said. There are 31 mini job fairs scheduled for 2014. A mini job fair Monday saw 19 employers and 131 job seekers in attendance.

Though ACAP receives less feedback from the mega job fairs, both employers and attendees find them to be productive.

“A lot of the (employers) have been coming to us for years and years,” Schumacher said. The CIA will be on-site, as they are actively hiring.

Unlike previous years, some federal agencies are on a hiring freeze due to sequestration, meaning longtime participants like the FBI and TSA won’t be present this time around.

Still, attendees can expect to see local, national and international employers, who will be offering positions located around the world. Big names include Halliburton, JP Morgan, Macy’s and Shell Oil Company.

A host of diverse positions will be offered, ranging from those in the culinary world to medical and financial.

Locally, the city of Killeen will be on-hand showcasing its open positions, in addition to Killeen Independent School District and Metroplex Hospital.

Police departments across the state will be hiring at the job fair, as well as state trooper roles nationwide.

Support agencies include Army Community Service, the Central Texas Workforce Center and Texas Veterans Commission, as well as educational institutions including Central Texas College and Texas A&M.

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