An attendee of McConnell’s 2013 job fair gives his resume to a potential employer April 3, 2013, McConnell Air force Base, Kan. More than 180 job seekers visited the Robert J. Dole Community Center Ballroom to explore the various career fields represented. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Airman 1st Class Jose L. Leon)
Job seekers meander throughout the annual job fair hosted by the Airman and Family Readiness Center April 3, 2013, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The job fair is held for military, dependants and retirees in search of career opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jose L. Leon)
Senior Airman Craig Sammartano, 22nd Medical Support Squadron laboratory journeyman, speaks with a law enforcement officer during McConnell’s 2013 job fair April 3, 2013, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Despite Sammartano’s experience in the medical field, he is seeking a career in law enforcement after he separates from the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jose L. Leon)
by Airman 1st Class Jose L. Leon
22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
4/4/2013 - MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Approximately 73 businesses set up booths to display information, accept resumes and applications, as well as answer questions about the jobs they offered during the annual job fair.
The fair, hosted by the Airman and Family Readiness Center, was held April 3, 2013 in the Robert J. Dole Community Center Ballroom.
More than 180 job seekers attended the fair to potentially find their new career.
Attendance numbers were up approximately 30 people from the 2012 job fair.
Open to military, dependants and retirees, the job fair is held annually as an opportunity for networking and gaining experience in speaking with potential employers.
Having a conversation with someone is entirely different than interviewing for a job said Dennis Chrisco, Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness consultant and job fair point of contact.
Agencies offered local, state and nationwide career opportunities.
"A career is more than a location," said Chrisco. "It's enjoying what you do and being challenged."
Visitors to the fair varied from people who were secure in current careers to those approaching separation from the military and transition to civilian career fields.
"I was kind of skeptical coming over here," said Lt. Col. John Hutter, 931st Air Refueling Group yellow ribbon program manager. "The good variety of corporations and agencies made this a very positive experience."
Hutter attended the fair to find a job for when his active duty orders expire and he returns to being a traditional reservist. He visited 15 booths in search of a job in the local area.
Careers presented by businesses included law enforcement, the aviation industry, mechanical and technical positions, and administrative services.
"It is kind of like going to the grocery store," said Chrisco. "If you are within two years of getting out of the military you should be here."