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Hiring event planned at Fort Sill for Oklahoma military members, veterans

Oklahoma Military ConnectionSept. 1, 2015

Oklahoma Military Connection will host a hiring event for military members and veterans in September at Fort Sill.

The event will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Fort Sill Armed Forces Reserve Center for U.S. military veterans, transitioning service members and Guard and Reserve members.

Oklahoma Military Connection is a partnership of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination Program.

Organizers expect to see more than 50 companies with jobs open in Oklahoma. Some may have national positions open also, said Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets coordinator.

Registration is required for the event so job seekers can be matched with employers whose career fields are compatible with their skills.

“We find this to be very successful in preparing for this event. It leads to a direct connect between the employer and potential employees. The hiring rate is higher when there is a pre-match situation,” Ewing-Holmstrom said. “When we held a similar event in Norman using this same formula, we had job offers and soldiers hired, and that is what we want.”

Employers who are looking specifically for former military may also register to attend the free event. They should register as soon as possible, however, Ewing-Holmstrom said, so they can be matched with appropriate job seekers.

The hiring event will bring together military members and veterans and employers interested in hiring them and will benefit both, said Col. Warren Griffis, director of the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination program. Job seekers can find meaningful, reputable employment and become contributors to Oklahoma’s economy, and employers can find high-quality employees with good work ethics and values learned through military experience, he said.

“We are highly trained to think on our feet, very safety conscious as often we find ourselves in military situations where our lives depend on our safety awareness and experienced in handling situations that arise where there may not be an established rule book,” Griffis said. “We’ve been taught to quickly assess a situation and develop a plan of action and execute it in short order, without having to be spoon-fed. And we are physically and medically fit and drug and substance free.”

A pre-event workshop will focus on interview preparation, resume pointers and attire to ensure attendees are prepared for the hiring event. It will be Sept. 10 at the Oklahoma Works office at 1711 S.W. 11th St., Lawton. To register, call 580-357-3500.

Those planning to attend the hiring event must have proper access to the military installation. They can check with the Fort Sill Visitor Control Center, T6701 Sheridan Road, Fort Sill, (580) 442- 9603 to ensure they have access passes or proper Department of Defense issued identification.

For more information about the hiring event, contact Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets, 405-714-6186, Amy.Ewing-Holmstrom@careertech.ok.gov; John Harris, OESC Lawton, 580-357-3500, john.harris@oesc.state.ok.us; Christi Lindsey, OESC Chickasha, 580-255-8950, christi.lindsey@oesc.state.ok.us; or Sherrie Adams, OESC Altus, 580-482-3261, sherrie.adams@oesc.state.ok.us.

For more information or to register, go to www.okmilitaryconnection.com. For more information about Oklahoma CareerTech, visit www.okcareertech.org.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

 

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