To help job seekers learn the inside scoop on gaining employment, Fort Hood hosted Career Fest last week.
More than 200 soldiers and family members turned out to the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel on March 26 to learn directly from hiring experts on what they look for in a potential job candidate.
“It went very well,” said Teresa Shipman, program manager of Army Community Service’s Employment Readiness Branch. “The feedback from the job seekers was very positive. They found engagement with employee interface to be awesome. They said that so very many times it was so awesome to have the time to interface with people who are experts in the field where they have something to take away.”
Events of the Career Fest included an employer panel with representatives from 10 different industries including logistics, management, education and information technology. Job seekers also had a chance to sit down with these employers and get resume tips and interview strategies from experts.
Krystal Stanley, a military spouse, attended the fair to learn how to transition from jobs to a career.
The 24-year-old said she’s been working since she was 16, but mostly in customer service. She would like to move into education or health care.
“I enjoy helping other people get better, learn and grow,” Stanley said. “(The employers) had a lot of helpful points I had never thought of before.”
Beth Flynn, of Xerox Business Services in Austin, said it benefits everyone to give job seekers better information on applying for jobs.
“A lot of information people receive is dated,” she said. “(People should) gear information so we see you pop from the page. Your resume is the biggest and sometimes only tool to talk to someone or get in front of someone.”
Shipman said after seeing the success of the event, they would love to host another Career Fest in the future.
“The summation is that the job seekers follow through and follow up,” she said.
“If they follow up and follow through with whatever information they learned, they will be able to secure employment.”
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