FORT GORDON, GA (WFXG) - Georgia’s unemployment rate has steadily declined over the past year. A free hiring event at Fort Gordon aims to keep those numbers down.
“This is really different. I actually have to decide what I’m going to wear every day," said Col. Rodney Lightfoot, Army Colonel and the Deputy Commander for 7th Signal Command.
Colonel Rodney Lightfoot is set to leave his 30-year military career behind. The dynamic of something different brings fear and anxiety - but it’s also exciting.
He’s got plans after retirement - like focusing on his small business and spending time with family - but he’s keeping his options open.
“I don’t necessarily think I have to work but I don’t think I can make it without working,” he said.
That’s what brings him and hundreds of people to this annual job fair.
More than 70 companies - with a minimum of 10 to 20 open positions - were ready to interview applicants on site for jobs in cyber security, law enforcement, education and more.
Angela Gaston, Transition Services Manager with Soldier for Life Transition Assistance spearheads several large hiring events at Fort Gordon each year - and shares secrets to success.
“Well, We encourage them to do their research prior to coming to the event, so they’ll want to actually know a little about that company. Also, know the positions that that company is preparing to offer prior to conducting an interview with the company," Gaston said.
Whether you’re a first-time job seeker, switching careers or trying to get back into the job pool after a hiatus - the goal is to connect people in the CSRA with the tools to get hired and gain a better quality of life.