Carl Vinson Sailors Find Opportunities at Military Job Fair


Story Number: NNS080423-03Release Date: 4/23/2008 10:06:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Candice Villarreal, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

HAMPTON, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) encountered an array of employment opportunities April 17, at the Military Job Fair of Virginia in Hampton.

Hosted by the Military Affairs Council of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Military Family Support Centers' Employment Programs, the free job fair was aimed at providing all Department of Defense civilians, active duty, reserve and retired service members, along with their dependents, a chance to meet with representatives from some of the largest companies across the nation.

"The military had a very large presence at the job fair," said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class (SW) Natasha Cofresi. "It's good to know that there are programs set up to make sure service members have an opportunity to job-hunt with big-name companies that are military-friendly."

Along with numerous employer booths, the job fair offered no-cost seminars for those seeking employment. Seminar topics included How to Work a Job Fair, the Employers' Panel, What We Look For, the Federal Employment System Overview, Job Searching on the Internet, and Starting Your Own Business.

Prospective employers included Northrop Grumman, Anheuser-Busch, Pride International Oil drilling, Bank of America, Hampton Roads Transit and Waste Management, gas companies, and police departments from across the commonwealth.

A number of colleges and universities were also present, providing school applications and a wealth of information.

"I went to the job fair to see what opportunities are available to Sailors when we get out into the civilian sector again," said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class (SW) Chara Neal. "There were so many opportunities, and there were more employers at this job fair than at any other I've been to."

For more news from USS Carl Vinson, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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