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Hiring Event Planned In Broken Arrow For Oklahoma Military Members

Hiring Event Planned In Broken Arrow For Oklahoma Military Members

Military personnel preparing for separation from active service, Guard and Reserve members and veterans sign in at a June 2013 military hiring event at Fort Sill.

April 30, 2014

More than 80 state companies and several national companies will attend a hiring event for military members and veterans in Oklahoma in July.

The Oklahoma Military Connection hiring event is a state initiative sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education CareerTech for Vets program, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination. The agencies will host the hiring event for U.S. military veterans, transitioning service members and Guard and Reserve members from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 10 at the Broken Arrow Armed Forces Reserve Center.

Registration, available at, is required to ensure job seekers can be matched with career fields from the various employers. The goal is to make sure those who attend are pre-matched to companies that are compatible with their skills. Upon arrival at the event, individuals who register will receive a list of companies hiring in their selected fields.

“We find this to be very successful in preparing for the 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,” said Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets coordinator. “When we held a similar events in Norman, Lawton and Stillwater using this same formula, we had job offers and soldiers hired that day, and that is what we want.”

Employers are encouraged to register as soon as possible so their jobs can be matched to soldiers who select specific career fields. The career fields vary from risk management, sales and information technology to food and beverage.

Pre-event workshops will be help ensure attendees are prepared for the hiring event by focusing on interview preparation, resume pointers and attire. The West Corporation will host a workshop from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 18 at the Tulsa Eastgate Workforce Center, 14002 E. 21st, Suite 1030. The Muskogee Workforce Office will host a workshop at 9 a.m. July 2 at 717 S. 32nd Street, Muskogee. Registration is not required for the workshops.

Both employers and job-seekers can register for the hiring event at

For more information about the hiring event, contact Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets, 405-714-6186,; Stephen Whittaker, Tulsa disabled veterans outreach program specialist, OESC, 918-796-1215,; or Ryan Davis, Muskogee local veterans employment representative, OESC, 918-682-3364, Ext. 233,

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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