Transition Assistance Program hosts job fair

Leonardo Rasaki

Photo by Sgt. Jose Escamilla

Soldiers, Spouses, veterans and retirees attend the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Transition Assistance Program’s National job fair, Aug. 18 on Fort Stewart. Some of the occupation fields at the job fair included logistics, manufacturing, information technology and transportation.

Transition Assistance Program hosts job fair

The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Transition Assistance Program hosted a National Job Fair, Aug. 18 at Club Stewart on Fort Stewart. The fair featured 94 exhibitors from across the country and was attended by over 400 individuals to include transitioning service members, military spouses, veterans and spouses of veterans.

“I was surprised with the number of employers that were here and the scale of the event,” said Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Welch, “I spoke with a few veteran employers who were friendly and very knowledgeable.” 

The fair featured career opportunities that are currently available both across the country and overseas with positions in a various amount of career fields such as logistics, maintenance, construction and restoration, IT and cybersecurity, manufacturing, human resources, sales, customer service, law enforcement and security, healthcare, education, food service and many more.

In addition to learning about available positions, several attendees were able to apply for certain positions on-site with the potential of receiving on-the-spot interviews and job offers within the same day. For other companies, their resume review and interview process is underway.

“I plan to interview two new associates and an electrician,” said Tiera Johnson, Army and Air Force Exchange Service recruiting manager. 

The Army Transition Assistance Program promotes retention through career exploration, information and examining a personalized gap analysis in support of one’s individual goals.

“Events such as these are important to our military family but especially our transitioning service members. It lets them know that although you are transitioning to the civilian sector, we still care about what’s next for you and we want you to be successful,” said Christine Abram, transition readiness liaison with Division Retention, Reserve Component, Air National Guard and Public Private Partnership.  “The Job Fair allowed me to partner with local and national employers offering careers that will ensure our Army Reserve Soldiers are neither unemployed nor underemployed.” 

Military spouse employment options can often be a factor in family decision making.

“Most of our employees are military spouses or dependents,” Johnson said.  “[Through AAFES] spouses can take their careers to any base they go to.”

In addition to job hunting, attendees had the opportunity to visit with Career Skills Programs representatives and Garrison support agencies to learn about how they can better prepare themselves to compete in the job market through various trainings and apprenticeships. 

The Transition Assistance Program is available to help Soldiers make informed career decisions through counseling and employment assistance.  Whether seeking a new a job or career, pursuing higher education or considering starting your own business, TAP has the classes and instructor expertise to start off on a successful path.

TAP will be host a second National Hiring Fair event, in conjunction with Army Community Service and USO Transitions, Sept. 8 at Tominac Fitness Center on Hunter Army Airfield. 

For more information about TAP, call  767-2234 on Fort Stewart or 315-5854 on Hunter Army Airfield.

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