FORT BENNING, Ga. (Sept. 26, 2017) – What used to be a job fair is now a hiring event.
Soldier For Life – Transition Assistance Program brought companies in by the dozens.
Interviews were conducted on sight, job offers were made, and a cowbell was rung if someone was offered a job.
“Our goal is to connect,” said Eddie Perez, Fort Benning Transition Services manager. “The fact that an employer and Soldier connect and go to the next stage to an actual job offer… that’s awesome!”
Two hundred and fifty job-seekers had registered within the first two hours of the event. A large number of them were Soldiers ready to transition to civilian employment. It was an opportunity for them to meet directly with potential employers.
“The 60 employers that are here, they all have job vacancies right now,” said Command Sgt. Maj. William D. Pouliot, the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Benning command sergeant major. “So I would say that a goal is that every one of them vacancies by today are filled with a transitioning service member.”
One service member was offered a job on the spot as a State Patrol Officer, and many other companies made job offers as well. The cowbell became one sound that everybody wanted to hear.
“We actually work with employers months prior to the event to help them understand the quality of the Soldiers, the cross-function skills of a Soldier; Soldiers then apply for those positions,” said Perez. “The employer vets those Soldiers prior to the event and tend them an interview date … an interview time during the day of the event.”
“I would very much recommend Soldiers to come here,” said Spc. Jeffrey Cosper. “Particularly E-1, 3, 4. Particularly the younger ones. They can really see what’s it like to do an interview and kind of get an idea of just what’s out there.”
Perez’ message to all transitioning soldiers is to get involved early. He said that the program is designed to position Soldiers in the best possible way to get hired.
Individuals who weren’t able to attend the event in person got a chance to ask questions on Facebook Live.
The Soldier For Life – TAP program is a semiannual event. The next one will be held in the spring of 2018 and again during the fall season. It’s open to the public and also to Soldiers at other installations.
To learn more about the Soldier For Life TAP program, visit www.benning.army.mil/garrison/dhr/sfl-tap.