News 12 at 6 O'Clock, October 6, 2009
FORT GORDON --- They came in suits or army fatigues, picking up information and dropping off some of their own, looking for the next step in their careers.
"Everybody here has been keying in on my military experience and education."
CPT Jeremy McCleese is having some luck. He's searching for a job in information technology and has landed a few interviews.
"Technology is technology," said McCleese. "The same systems that are used, for instance, at CSX or the FBI are the same systems that we use in the government."
An estimated 2000 people flocked to Fort Gordon today, hoping for the same luck. Some of them were soldiers trying to break into the civilian workforce. Several employers targeted veterans for jobs in intelligence, law enforcement, and communications.
"Coming from the military, they know we've already been given not only the education but the hands on experience with the equipment," said McCleese.
But those looking for other jobs also had options. Donnie Boone, who's finishing up his Associate's Degree, is looking get into business. Though jobs are hard to come by, he's staying persistent.
"I try to go to all the job fairs, because sometimes you can get inside information on what the particular job is asking for," Boone said.
There are many more people still searching. The sight was enough to shock one business owner, who didn't realize it.
"I was kind of embarrassed that I don't see this every day."
According to the Department of Labor, the military unemployment rate is higher than the civilian unemployment rate. This job fair was a good sign.