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Marine, Family Programs plan Education, Career Fair 2014

By Nathan L. Hanks Jr. | | March 20, 2014

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Marine and Family Programs is scheduled to host its annual Education and Career Fair Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Thomason Gym.

The event, part of the Personal and Professional Development Program, will assist service members leaving the military and veterans in obtaining educational as well as employment information and resources, according to Robin Gray personal and professional development advisor, Marine and Family Programs, Marine Corps Community Services.

The Education and Career Fair 2014 is open to all MCLB Albany service members and employees.

Gray said the event is to connect skilled veterans with potential employers, as a part of a nationwide “Hiring our Heroes” effort launched in 2011.

“We feel events like this are a great opportunities for the veterans to interact with the employers and schools, and have a dialogue about where they may want to take their post-military career,” Gray said. “The representatives will provide information about general career opportunities as well as specific details on current openings and school requirements.”

Employers scheduled to be present include Marine Corps Community Services Human Resources, DAK Resources, Inc., Kelly Services, Phoebe Putney Hospital and Georgia Department of Labor, to name a few.

Representatives from Albany State University, Albany Technical College, Valdosta State University, Ashford University and Darton State College will also be available to answer questions about enrollment and degrees available.

“The exhibitors were chosen based on their affiliation with the military and MCLB Albany,” Gray added. “In other words, they are ‘military friendly’ organizations.

“We hope participants will take advantage of this opportunity to enroll or complete their college degree, find potential job leads or make valuable connections for future employment,” Gray said.

Brad Crittenden, financial technician, Comptroller, MCLB Albany, said he plans to attend the event with an interest in furthering his education and possibly seek future career opportunities. 

“This is a good opportunity to gage where I am according to the job market,” Crittenden said. “I like to keep my options open as I look for ways to advance my career.”

Job fair tips:

*  Dress professionally - Job fairs are like interviews, so make sure your attire is interview appropriate.

*  Bring resumes and/or business cards - Bring a supply of resumes to hand out to the company representatives and a portfolio or a briefcase to hold resumes and corporate literature.

*  Prepare a self-introduction – An interviewee should think about his or her strong points, goals, the company and where he or she wants to go within the company. Be prepared to talk about these aspects with an employer.

*  Be prepared to discuss career goals – One should be ready to talk about where he or she wants to work, what he or she would like to do and relevant skills.

*  Arrive early - Plan extra time for checking in, parking and getting orientated with the layout of the career fair.

*  Network - While waiting in line, talk to others and listen about opportunities of which you were unaware.

*  Be assertive and show initiative - Shake hands and introduce yourself to recruiters. Act interested in the company and their job opportunities.

*  Be enthusiastic - Employer surveys identify one of the most important personal attributes candidates can bring to a new position as enthusiasm. This means employers want to see a smile and hear about interests in the company.

*  Remain calm - There will be many applicants approaching employers at the same time, but don’t be overwhelmed by the experience. Keep a positive attitude and concentrate on the benefits of the experience.

*  Explore options - A wide variety of companies will normally participate. This is an excellent opportunity to browse and indulge one’s curiosity.

For more information, call 229-639-5276/9122.
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