Marines

Job fair to provide job opportunities to base personnel

15 Sep 2011 | Cpl. Miranda Blackburn

With the economy in the shape that it is in and job opportunities few and far between, finding jobs has become competitive. Transitioning service members and their spouses attended the Job Fair Preparation Workshop offered at the Russell Marine and Family Services Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Sept. 15, to find out just what it takes to makes themselves stand out above the rest.

The upcoming job fair will be held Sept. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Goettge Memorial Field House aboard the base and will give job seekers an opportunity to leave an impression with up to 95 employers.

The job fair is for those who are seeking jobs and is open to active duty personnel, military retirees, their families, MCB Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River employees and Coastal Carolina Community College students.

Attendants of the job fair will have the chance to meet directly with companies that want to hire the best service members.

Job seekers should be prepared for onsite interviews, dress to impress and have their resumes ready for employers.

“The main thing employers said about last year was that people didn’t have their resume with them,” said Dave Walters with the Career Assistance Branch, Marine Corps Community Services. “You absolutely have to that with you.”

Other class objectives covered during the workshop included:
• How to prepare for a job fair
• Effective communication skills
• Resumes and applications
• Appropriate dress attire
• Interview basics

Those who are serious about finding a job should come to the job fair with a goal in mind. They should decide on a career field they are interested with a list of employers and should have researched their prospective companies, according to Walters.

Interested patrons can research the following resources to find more information on prospective companies:
• Career Resource Management Center
• Various publications
• Internet
• Trade journals
• Company brochures

To view a full list of participating employers, job seekers should visit Mccslejeune.com/jobfair.

Due to safety concerns, no children are allowed.

For more information, call 449-9706.