Dozens of jobs await filling at Career Fair

| October 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Doris Pangelinan
Staff Writer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — It’s easy to find a good job, at least that was the case at the semiannual Career Fair that took place at the Nehelani, here, Oct. 23.

About 70 employers from local, state, national and international companies and organizations were available at the four-hour long event.

The semiannual Career Fair was well-attended. (Photo by Doris Pangelinan)

The semiannual Career Fair was well-attended. (Photo by Doris Pangelinan)

Their tables lined with brochures, pamphlets and listings of dozens of current job openings, the representatives readily greeted a steady stream of 220 job seekers, some of whom came in armed with stacks of resumes. As a bonus, freebies such as mouse pads, pens, notepads, letter openers, etc., were available for the taking.

Although most jobs advertised were based in Oahu, a good number of the openings are located on other islands, the mainland and even worldwide. The job titles ranged from boat captain to barista, nurse, professor, administrative assistant, plumber, phlebotomist, urban planner and more.

About 50 percent of the attendees were Soldiers, and the other 50 percent consisted of spouses and transitioning veterans. In total, 252 resumes were submitted, 32 interviews were conducted and eight job offers were made.

“The employers were pleased with the quality of the candidates and expect to do further hiring as a result of the Career Fair,” said Caron Ferguson, an Employment Readiness Program manager at Army Community Service, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

Upcoming

Organized by ACS, in conjunction with Soldier For Life (SFL), the next Career Fair is scheduled to take place in April 2016. For more information, contact ACS at (808) 655-4227.

Job seekers browse 70 employers at Career Fair. (Photo by Doris Pangelinan)

Job seekers browse 70 employers at Career Fair. (Photo by Doris Pangelinan)

Haven’t found a job, yet?

Here are some tips for the next fair:

  • Do your homework beforehand. Find out who is hiring people with your skill set.
  • Plan your route. Review the layout with locations of companies you want to visit.
  • Arrive early. Recruiters are at their best at the start.
  • Bring extra copies of you resume, at least a dozen.
  • Practice your elevator speech. Have a 30-second pitch about yourself prepared.
  • Just say no to giveaways; they can weigh you down.
  • Follow up within 48 hours. Send thank-you emails.

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