FORT HOOD — More than 5,000 Fort Hood soldiers seeking post-service employment attended the annual summer job fair hosted by the Army Career and Alumni Program on Wednesday at Club Hood.
About 170 employers, among them H-E-B, Bank of America and Edward Jones Advisors, were on hand at the ACAP event to recruit Fort Hood soldiers preparing to make the transition from military to civilian life.
The companies represented between 30,000 and 50,000 employment opportunities both nationally and internationally.
“There’s every job you can think of,” said Linda Christ, ACAP transition services manager. Spc. Ricardo Kowalchuk, 4th Special Troops Batallion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, paused to fill out an application for the Houston Police Department.
Kowalchuk said law enforcement piqued his interest due to its military-friendly nature.
“They should have more events like this,” he said. “It’s an amazing opportunity to get in touch with employers.”
Employers took advantage of that opportunity.
Carmen Marin, a senior recruiter with H-E-B, came to the fair to educate veterans on the wide range of fields in which they could find employment, including leadership prospects, corporate positions and logistics, a field that includes about 25 percent of the 40,000 soldiers stationed at Ford Hood.
“When people see H-E-B, they think stores,” Marin said.
“There’s so much more, and we think veterans have a great skill set that is transferable to those positions.”
In addition to holding job fairs twice each year, ACAP also trains soldiers in the skills necessary for job hunting, such as resume building and interviewing one year before their separation date.
The job fair is the final step toward civilian employment, Christ said, and with 825 soldiers exiting the military each month, it has proven crucial.
“All these employers are looking to hire military,” Christ said. “We at ACAP try to make that easy.”