FORT HOOD — About 200 employers, trade schools and support agencies gathered at Club Hood on Tuesday for the Fort Hood Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program mega hiring fair, one of Fort Hood’s largest hiring initiatives.
The event was one of three held each year, in addition to several smaller events, all boasting a wide variety of career options.
The hiring fair included employers from across the country, representing a wide variety of industries, including law enforcement, high-tech and oil and gas. Representatives from companies including Dell, Kellogg’s and Schneider National, a trucking company, were in attendance.
Though open to anyone able to get on-post access, the fairs are geared mostly toward soldiers transitioning out of the Army and looking for their next career path.
Sgt. Tabetha Newsom was at the fair to find an employer that could help her find a job in a city larger than Killeen. Her primary career focus is to be a police officer.
“I feel like for police (jobs), a larger city would offer more pay,” she said.
Spc. Michael Johnson calls northern Illinois home, but a company offering a sense of stability for his family would keep him in the Killeen area.
“I’d like someone who values stability, because I’d like to be somewhere I can feel safe that I’m not going to lose my job or anything,” he said. “That’s one thing we get used to in the military, you get a pretty good sense of job security, so that’s one thing I’m looking for.”