By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Brown, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
BREMERTON, Wash. – To help ease the transition into the civilian world the Northwest Human Resources Office and the DON’s office of Civilian Human Resources hosted a job fair for all active-duty, retired and former service members living in the Northwest at the Jackson Park Community Center in Bremerton, Wash., Sept. 22.
“For many Sailors, leaving the Navy is a scary thing, especially in the uncertain times of the economy. We all have families to think about and take care of,” said Joe Wilson, former Ships Serviceman 3rd Class.
The fair allowed more than 400 service members and veterans to meet with the various vendors and agencies from the Pacific Northwest.
“This is an 11-year tradition of hosting this fair for our veterans,” said Carol Blakley, fair coordinator. “It is a great way for us to connect our veterans with the local employers in the area. Everybody wins in the situation.”
Volunteers from different agencies and subject matter experts accepted resumes and reviewed them with those in attendance.
“We want to give the veterans the tools to compete with their civilian counterparts and having a good resume is one of the ways they can,” said Blakley.
The Sailors and veterans who left the fair said it was a good experience and there was a lot of information for those who attended.
“This was my first fair, but I think we are all leaving with hope. Hope that we can better our lives with a new potential job,” said Wilson. “We got a lot of good information and the chance to make a first impression with a lot of the people here today. It is still a long road, but the fair was a good opportunity to see what is out there.”
Navy Region Northwest is the Navy’s third largest fleet concentration area with more than 21,000 active duty service members, 16,000 civilian employees, 6,000 reservists, 40,000 family members, and 35,000 Navy retirees residing in the Pacific Northwest.