Employers ready for upcoming job fair at Moody AFB
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
With less than two weeks to go before the Georgia Department of Labor's big job fair at Moody, Labor officials are confident employers are ready.
Thursday morning, the Valdosta-Lowndes County chamber, along with the Department of Labor, held their second and final "Operation Moody Transition" employer workshop ahead of the September 4th job fair.
"We think that those employers that show up to the job fair on September the 4th will be ready to ask a lot of questions about the potential employees they want to hire," said Tony McKenzie, veterans employment representative for the Department of Labor in Valdosta.
Thursday's workshop and the workshop on July 8th were designed to help employers learn about the benefits of hiring veterans and how to market themselves to the several hundred Airmen who will soon be released from Moody and will likely be at the job fair looking for potential jobs.
"I've had some [employers] express to me that they've considered hiring veterans before, but were a little unsure of their skill sets," McKenzie said. "But after this meeting, they said 'we should've hired those folks. Now, I see that they would've been quite beneficial to the company.'"
The September 4th job fair will be held at the Airmen Family Readiness Center on Moody Air Force Base and will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is open to both active duty military as well as veterans, but all veterans who do not already have a military I.D. need to register with the Department of Labor office in Valdosta in order to be allowed on base for the job fair.