Fort Hood Army Community Service Employment Readiness Branch encourages job seekers to attend its first Spring Career Fest on March 26. The free event begins at 10 a.m. in Building 320 in the Spirit of Fort Hood Warrior & Family Chapel Campus on 31st Street and Tank Destroyer Boulevard.

“What makes this career fest unique is job seekers will get face-time with employers and then get their immediate feedback on resumes and interview tips,” said Teresa Shipman, employment readiness program manager.

The first session features a town hall-style employment panel with representatives from 10 local and national employers including IBM, Xerox, Convergys and the Veterans Administration, Scott & White Healthcare and Killeen Independent School District and Central Texas College among others.

This will be followed by one-on-one mentoring sessions that will focus on resume building, resume writing and interviewing techniques for all participants.

“Employers will let job seekers know straight-up about specific career opportunities and the hot job markets,” Shipman said. “It’s all about expectations, and what the employers want from them.”

Regina Jolly, employment readiness specialist, estimates that it takes about 25 hours a week of searching for someone to find a job. “Sending out resumes is not enough, yet that is what many people do,” Jolly said. “Our job seekers need to be educated on how to find their next job because often they don’t know what a company is looking for, so this career fest will help answer many questions to give them a better chance.”

Job seekers will also receive instructions on protecting their identity during job searches and on using social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to expand their employment searches and marketing themselves.

“Knowledge is power and it can really give you a competitive edge in a tough job market,” Jolly said.

Job seekers should bring a current resume, if they have one, and be prepared to be interviewed. For registration information, call 254-286-6684.

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