Hunt for employment at FMWR’s Job Fair

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

 

Photo by Christine Cabalo, Oahu Publications Benjamin Adkins, a recreation assistant at Tropics Recreation Center plays a game a pool. The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation office is looking for several recreation assistants and other job positions during their upcoming Job Fair scheduled April 18.

Photo by Christine Cabalo, Oahu Publications
Benjamin Adkins, a recreation assistant at Tropics Recreation Center plays a game of pool. The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation office is looking for several recreation assistants and other job positions during its upcoming Job Fair, scheduled April 18.

Christine Cabalo
Staff Writer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Start and finish the job search with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Job Fair scheduled April 18 at the Leilehua Golf Course.

Candidates will have the chance to interview with several FMWR departments from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A variety of jobs are available, from water safety instructor to contract specialist.

All participants are required to bring documents normally needed when applying online, including a full resume with contact information for two professional references. Those who make it to the fair with all their documents will have a competitive edge.

“Anyone who comes (with the right documents) and interviews well will get hiring preference,” said Jill Marini, a child administrator with Child, Youth and School Services and whose office is one of several hiring. “We will be giving tentative job offers, contingent on a complete background check.”

The FMWR staff said it’s trying out a new way to streamline applications during the upcoming job fair. Only those who bring all the required documents will be interviewed.

“It’s really important they have two professional references and copies of any certificates needed, including a high school diploma,” Marini said. “They won’t get past the first station if they don’t have the proper documentation.”

The new process is aimed at reducing both time spent by FMWR staff in confirming credentials and waiting time for tentatively hired candidates. Fair attendees bringing additional credentials, including forms for veteran and spouse preference, will be ranked higher for job consideration.

Marini said, once employers make a tentative offer, the candidates could get started on the needed security checks required to work.

During the fair, additional FMWR staff will guide selected candidates in filling out needed digital security check forms, mandatory fingerprinting and additional requirements needed by Human Resources.

“After the fair they should have 90 percent of the hiring process finished,” said Tod Scalf, chief of Business Opportunities, Business Operations Division. “We’re looking for a shorter turn around, and this format takes a lot of steps of the process put into in one location. People will feel like part of the team.”

Scalf said the FMWR staff is looking to hire more than 40 people in various departments. The next fair may not occur again for several months, so Scalf and Marini said candidates stand a good chance at getting hired at this upcoming fair.

“They should match their resume to the job they are applying for,” he said. “If you have all necessary paperwork and a willingness to be there, then you’ll be better prepared.

For many entry-level positions, the standard qualifications are reading and writing in English, as well as having a GED or high school diploma.

Marini said her daughter was able to work at 18 years old in an entry-level position with FMWR. Marini started her own career in an entry-level spot, and then she developed her skills to work in her current position.

“We offer an amazing amount of training,” she said. “We have our own academy online and other Web training made available to employees. There is a lot of on-the-job training.”

Scalf said the process should also help candidates feel like part of a team who will work with them. He and Marini said FMWR jobs have a lot to offer candidates, including excellent government benefits for vacation and health care.

“This is especially good for a military spouse; (it) makes it easier for me getting another job at another base or garrison when we (permanently change stations),” Marini said. “It’s great portability to transfer internally. There is a lot of room for growth.”

• What you need at the Job Fair

Job Fair applicants must have the following documents with them to be considered:

  • Resume,
  • Two professional references with contact information,
  • DD 214 for veterans,
  • Sponsor orders form for military spouses, and
  • SF 50 or DA 3434 forms for current employees.

• More Online

For those who are applying for positions with education requirements, including positions with Child, Youth and School Services, needed documents include a high school diploma or college transcripts. For more information, check the FMWR calendar listing at www.himwr.com.

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