Fort Campbell’s Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program hosted a job fair Wednesday at Cole Park Commons.
The SFL-TAP helps military personnel transition from military service into the civilian life.
“Soldiers looking for jobs come to the fair and have on the spot interviews and job offers,” said Fred Workman, deputy transition services program manager for SFL-TAP. “At the last few fairs we have hosted, 100 Soldiers left with job offers.”
SFL-TAP hosts many job fairs throughout the year to bring together local and international employers who are looking to fill vacant positions with skilled workers. The fair brought out about 70 employers and about 600 Soldiers and spouses.
“We want to have Soldiers and their Families have an easier time by helping them find employment prior to leaving the military,” Workman said.
Workman said that having a variety of potential employers helps Soldiers understand and see their options.
The turnout at the job fair was one of the biggest of the year, which surprised Workman.
“With about 40 percent of the installation being deployed, this is still a large amount of people that showed up,” he said.
Soldiers and spouses, scattered around the ballroom, were excited to seek out possible career opportunities.
“I am looking for something in the mechanical field to help me get some experience and pay for school,” said Pfc. Andrew Duenas, 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.
Duenas said he will be transitioning in early 2017 and he thought that this job fair would give him a head start on getting ready for civilian life.
“I think that this fair helped me figure out how to take that next step and make it easy for me to get use to not being in the military,” he said.
Private 1st Class Tomas McDaniel, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade, said he was pleased with the companies at the job fair and he is hopeful that he will have a job once he transitions out.
“I want to stay in the mechanic field, so I am hopeful that one of these companies will give a job offer,” McDaniel said.
Workman said the employers also benefit from the fairs because they are able to fill open positions with good quality workers.
One of the employers present, Allen Foster, a field recruiter for Roehl Transport Inc., said these fairs, especially at Fort Campbell, are excellent outlets to find good, dedicated workers.
“We want to hire veterans because of their work ethic,” Foster said. “We also consider this a heavy hiring area for the company.”
Dan Fiala, franchise development partner for Signal 88 Security, said that his company has a history of employing veterans.
“We currently have 170 owners across the country and 150 of them have a military or law enforcement background,” Fiala said.
He added that this fair was filled with potential leaders and candidates with experience that can be useful for the company.
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