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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2008 12:00 pm | Updated: 5:02 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Don Bolding

Killeen Daily Herald

Most of the more than 1,000 people attending the semiannual Killeen Daily Herald Job Fair on Thursday came away feeling they had made some good contacts. Many left their names with recruiters and intended to do more research online.

Recruiters were happy with the outcome, too. Timothy Pullan of CyberTex, a Microsoft-certified school in Austin that was looking for both instructors and student applications, said his earlier fears of a lackluster turnout because of spring break were largely unfounded.

"We had a great day," he said. "We got about 100 names. This is really going to do us some good."

Officer K. Barber, a recruiter with the Irving Police Department, was disappointed that not as many soldiers attended as last year.

"We look for military personnel planning for careers after their retirement or discharge," she said. "For some reason, I didn't see as many as we have had, but we still got some good prospects among both military and civilians."

Judy Anderson, human resources director for Sallie Mae Servicing Corp. of Killeen, was pleased with the fair.

"We talked to a great many people and told them about what we can offer. Many are planning to visit us and apply."

Sallie Mae's operations include a call center that employs hundreds of people that the company trains on-site. The company specializes in education finance solutions.

Among job seekers, Linda Craggy of Killeen said she was collecting as much background information as she could for career advancement. She had collected a bag full of literature and was planning further research.

Another woman who did not want to be identified, citing military regulations, said she was looking for information from law enforcement agencies for her husband, now on his third tour in Iraq. She said he will probably leave active duty after his return to the U.S.

Mannix Taylor got out of the Army at Fort Hood not long ago and returned to his home in Louisiana, then came back to Killeen because he decided he would rather settle here. He was looking for opportunities in electronics.

"I really got a lot of good leads," he said.

Event coordinator Jeff Cook said, "Spring break might have slowed down our attendance some, but it didn't hurt much. The day was a big success."

Co-sponsors for the fair, now in its third year, were the Army Career and Alumni Services Center, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, Army Community Services and Tarleton State University-Central Texas.

Police agencies were strongly represented at the fair, as were technology firms and health care providers, including local hospitals.

Contact Don Bolding at dbolding@kdhnews.com or call (254) 501-7557

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