FORT HOOD — Companies eager to keep transitioning soldiers and veterans in the Central Texas area participated in the Austin II Job Fair at Club Hood on post Tuesday.
Hosted by The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the city of Austin, about 52 companies were at the job fair, which offered service members, veterans and family members a chance to talk with recruiters face to face.
The event additionally allowed participants to attend seminars on topics such as resume building and interview skills during several sessions throughout the day.
“With 40,000 job openings in the Austin area at this time, and a large number of soldiers with a wide-range of experience exiting Fort Hood each month, we want to keep that talent in the local area,” said Kwee Lan Teo, vice president of talent development and acquisition for the Austin chamber. “Many of the companies present at this event have hired veterans in the past because they know that they are loyal and work well in teams,” she said.
The Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos area has an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for August.
Spc. Corey Kaar, an active-duty soldier getting out of the Army in November, stated he has an apartment in Round Rock and wanted to see what jobs were available in nearby Austin. “I’m thinking about becoming a firefighter, but am also interested in working for UPS,” he said.