Career fairs deemed a success

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  • By Lanorris Askew
  • Robins Public Affairs
Nearly 900 job seekers made their way to Robins May 30 where the base played host to two career fairs.

A civilian career fair, in the Heritage Club Ballroom, paired almost 600 job seekers with 32 vendors who in traditional job fair fashion collected resumes and provided general information about their respective organizations.

The military career fair, at the Horizons Event Center, allowed the Georgia Department of Corrections to reach out to more than 270 registrants - mostly military - in a less than traditional manner.

"The Georgia Department of Corrections event was unique in how it was conducted," said Garret Gordon, Installation POC for both events. "They brought in a team of 180 representatives who collected and screened resumes, gave interviews and were able to offer positions on the spot."

The organization also set up displays and gave live demonstrations of various areas of the career field including riot formations and cell extractions.

According to Jeffrey Lee, GDC Employment Services Unit manager, his organization completed 74 interviews and offered 47 positions translating to 17 percent of the people who walked through the door leaving with a job offer in hand.

Lee also said they took in an additional 35 resumes and about 40 applications, and a better cross-section of that profile will be available soon as they tally everything up.

"I can say that this has been the best military career fair we have done yet in terms of positions offered to potential employees," he said.

Although numbers are not currently available for the civilian vendor job offers, Gordon said vendors and job seekers all voiced positive comments about the experience and volunteers from the 78th Force Support Squadron performed exceptionally.

"Overall I think we provided a great service for our civilians, military, retirees and their family members," he said.