By Don Bolding
Killeen Daily Herald
More than 3,000 people looking for jobs or just checking out the job market registered Wednesday at the annual Killeen Daily Herald Job Fair at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center – more than twice the total last year.
Employers with booths at the fair numbered more than 90, up at least 30 from last year. Represented were law enforcement agencies at all levels of government, medical employers, overseas contractors, communications and technology companies and others.
David Carpenter, recently retired after 15 years spent working overseas in logistics, and his wife, Angelia,were both "seeing what's available," he said. Angelia was looking for something in finance.
Sharee Allmond's husband was recently transferred to the area from Germany.
"I'm trying to stay out of the restaurant field," Allmond said, "but otherwise I'm trying to find something where I can be upwardly mobile in a company where I can transfer, because after three years here, we'll probably be moving again."
Army Capt. Dale Smith said he is retiring in a couple of years and is just researching the job market in logistics.
"My wife likes it here," he said, "and where she's happy, I'm happy. She's followed me around all this time, and it's time for us to live where we both want."
The interviewers said they were having a field day.
Navy Quartermaster 2nd Class Fonsha Petties, doing a tour as a recruiter, said the Navy attends every year and is happy with the results.
"It's great," Petties said. "We answer a lot of questions, and we get a lot of people in our office that we probably wouldn't see otherwise."
U.S. Border Patrol agent Jose Quinones said the border patrol is in the market for 8,000 agents in the next two years.
"We're accepting applications from any U.S. citizen with a driver's license," he said. "You have to be physically fit and pass a five-month training course, but we're taking a lot of applications.
"This is my first time here. I talked to people who had done this before, and they said to get ready because you'll be talking all day. They were right."
Rinny Johnson, manager of Associated Supply Co. in Odessa, said his company was looking for diesel mechanics.
"This is our first year at this fair," he said, "although we've recruited on Fort Hood before. Most of the applicants are getting out of the service, and we've seen a lot of good ones."
There was no general agreement about the growth of the job fair other than that the word is spreading. Many more people seemed to be coming from Temple and surrounding areas.
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