09-21-11-acap-job-fair.jpgDust-off those resumes and break out the business suit, there is a job fair at the Fort Bragg Club on Sept. 28. The Army Career & Alumni Program (ACAP) along with the ACS Employment Readiness Program are teaming up to host the semi-annual Fort Bragg Employment and Career Fair, and you don’t have to be affi liated with the military to attend — it’s open to the public.

Both ACS and ACAP are in the employment readiness business. Between the two organizations, they help soldiers who are retiring or separating from the Army and their spouses. The job fairs are open to the public though, because it’s clear to the event organizers that having a strong work-force is good for everyone.

“Of course, one of the purposes of ACAP is to decrease the unemployment rate among retirees and those leaving the service. This fair is also one of the things Fort Bragg does to help combat the local unemployment rate, so anything we do to combat that is good,” said ACAP Counselor Morgan Kirby. “Besides, if employers come and hire people and find the perfect person for different positions, they are more apt to come back next time. There is not a target population for this event, we just want to help people find jobs.”

The prospects are looking good with more than 50 employers coming out to court the attendees. Look for government agencies, members of the healthcare industry, intelligence careers, aviation careers, federal contractors, information technology, security agencies, law enforcement, human resources, retail, financial services, school systems and colleges among the vendors at the job fair.

“Bring your resumes — a number of different copies and business cards if you have any,” said Kirby. “Wear your best business attire, however, if you are in the military it is acceptable to wear your ACUs.”

A typical turn out for these job fairs is about 3,000, according to Kirby. Since they’ve joined forces with ACS, it could be quite a bit more this year.

It’s no secret that the economy hasn’t been the best lately and matching up people with employers is something that Kirby really enjoys. A lot of the soldiers who come through ACAP have been in the military for several years, even decades, so a lot of them don’t have experience with job fairs.

“So we put on a job fair preparation seminar and we sit down and talk with them about their resumes and the interview process. You see how excited people are and start getting excited for them,” said Kirby. “We go over how to present themselves, and things like that. To see people excited to fi nd jobs outside the military, and then actually fi nd something, is very rewarding.”

There is still time to get ready. Visit the ACAP website at www.acap.army.mil or the ACS Employment Readiness website at www.fortbraggmwr.com/erp.php to find information about resume writing and other resources that are available to help prepare for the big event.

The job fair starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. Find out more at 396-2227 or 396-1425.

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