National Guard holding career fair for veterans, servicemembers

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Updated: 4/26/2013 9:37 am Published: 4/26/2013 9:36 am

The Oklahoma National Guard is assisting veterans, servicemembers and their families currently looking for a new job and possible career with a free evening career fair on May 2.

Oklahoma National Guard’s Employment Coordination Program will host the career fair at the Armed Forces Reserve Center located at 4000 Thunderbird Street.

The fair will take place in the evening from 5:30 to 7:30. It is completely free to job seekers and employers. Job seekers can also take advantage of free childcare services.

Evening is a rare time for career fairs and will allow anyone currently occupied during the day to attend. Many people may want to attend job fairs because they are underemployed, but cannot get time out of work to do so according to Lt. Col. Warren Griffis, the Oklahoma National Guard ECP Director.

“Career fairs are an excellent way for job seekers to interact with potential employers on a personal level,” Griffis said. “It presents a much more relaxed environment than a job interview and gives the employer a face to go with the many names submitted on job applications.”

More than 40 employers are registered to attend and will bring more than 200 open positions for job seekers. Employers must have a job opening to participate. Some companies registered include Devon, Chesapeake, Dell, Halliburton, ASCO, Oklahoma Roofing & Sheet Metal and many others.

Anyone wanting to register in advance for the career fair may do so by visiting

Pre-registration will match the job seeker’s skills with potential employers. The job seeker will get a list of employers who match their abilities when they enter the career fair. The employers will also get a list of qualified candidates who have pre-registered.

Job seekers who sign up on the ECP website can also take advantage of other ECP services like real time personal assistance, resume development and interview coaching.

The ECP has networked with more than 200 organizations in Oklahoma and has been involved in more than 350 job placements.
ECP is available to any current and past National Guard members and their families.

The ECP submits resumes directly to employers on behalf of the job seeker. This enables the ECP to track the applicant’s status throughout the hiring process. It also makes each resume submitted stand out.

“It gives the job candidate an advantage,” Griffis said. “It puts the ECP reputation behind the job seeker.”

Job seekers may sign up for ECP at

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