A mobile job fair is coming to Fort Leavenworth this week as part of an ongoing effort to help members of the military adjust to life out of uniform.
The Hero2Hired “mobile job store” will be located from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Fort Leavenworth Post Exchange, part of a three-day stop in the Kansas City area and a larger tour of similar trucks throughout the United States. With a network of companies and federal agencies that have signed up as partners with the service, the job store will boast resources to help potential employees through the entire process of finding work, according to Brett Rosene, transition services manager for the fort's Army Career and Alumni Program.
“This opens the door for our transitioning soldiers to explore the many job opportunities available to them. It is a tool for job seekers to seek advice, network, and find open positions in their chosen field ―at no cost to them other than the time it takes to visit the truck,” Rosene said in a release.
Services onboard the truck include access to job listings; career exploration tools including a “military skills translator” to help those looking for a civilian job identify areas where they might have service-related expertise; education and training resources; live and virtual hiring fairs; a mobile web application and a special Facebook application.
Though the stop this week will be at an active duty military post, Fort Leavenworth Combined Arms Center Spokesman Scott Gibson said H2H is open to reservists and National Guard members in addition to active duty soldiers of all branches, and others.
“It's aimed at both,” Gibson said, referring to uniformed personnel and service veterans. “They're looking mostly at those people who are moving out of active duty, but it's open to veterans too.”
The Hero2Hired project is part of the Department of Defense’s Yellow Ribbon Reintegration program. On July 1, Gen. John F. Campbell, the Army vice chief of staff, declared the H2H website to be the Army’s virtual tool for connecting transitioning soldiers with employers.
Following the stop at Fort Leavenworth, the H2H bus will spend the next two days ― from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday ― in Kansas City, Kan., at Community America Ballpark.