Special to GUIDON
The Fort Leonard Wood Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program will hold a career fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at Nutter Field House.
SFL-TAP prepares employment and education workshops that assist transitioning service members and spouses in obtaining meaningful civilian employment and education opportunities.
This event will serve as a chance to connect transitioning service members, veterans and their family members to employers who want to meet, talk with and hire them for job opportunities.
“Job seekers will have an opportunity to market their skills, including networking with numerous employers for a variety of jobs at one venue,” said Alfredia Williams, a transition services specialist. “Attend just one, and see that this is the best way to get a foot in the door. Every booth provides a new opportunity for you to make eye contact, shake hands.”
The career fair is open to active-duty service members, retirees, veterans, family members, contractors and anyone else who is interested in employment or education opportunities. About 50 employers, both local and national, are scheduled to attend the event. Participants can expect employers from the fields of health care, retail, state government and law enforcement.
Those seeking employment openings should come to the event prepared to interview, in professional dress attire and with copies of their resume for employers they are interested in. It is imperative that job seekers make sure their resume is correct, updated and in a professional format.
Job seekers’ goal should be a face-to-face interview during the career fair, or a telephonic interview scheduled at a later date. Job seekers should also aim to leave the event with a tentative job offer or follow-on interview. This is an opportunity to provide a lasting, positive first impression with the participating employers. SFL-TAP is designed to help Soldiers prepare for the civilian employment, which includes networking with employers.
Retirees can enroll with the program 24 months prior to separation, while others can begin 18 months out or immediately upon notification.
Leaders who have service members who will be separating from active duty within two years should make every attempt to allow them to attend this event. Networking opportunities are vital to their success and will provide them great job opportunities prior to transitioning from service, Williams said.
For more information, or for assistance with developing resumes, contact the Fort Leonard Wood SFL-TAP Center at 573.596.0175 or visit www.facebook.com/sfltap.flw.
(Editor’s note: This article was submitted to the GUIDON by the Soldier For Life – Transition Assistance Program office.)