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Hire GI event comes to JBLM Nov. 16

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Choosing the right job while stationed here as a spouse, or for troops leaving the service, makes all the difference in a person's quality of life.

Hire GI hopes to help local military and their spouses hit the jackpot of employment happiness by bringing a number of employers with a wide range of opportunities to the base for a day of job hunting Nov. 16.

"Attending our events is a great resource to add in your transition job search strategy," said Jermaine Higgins, a spokesperson for Hire GI. "You can meet with HR managers and network, execute your 30-sec pitch, get feedback to see if your resumé and background fits your industry seeking and create a strategy. You can even work on your interview skills as we provide onsite interview. Utilize our events to sharpen your skills and ultimately get a new career."

Employers attending the event include the Haselwood Auto Group, Washington State Department of Corrections, BECU, Auto-Chlor System, Cambia Health Systems, Frito-Lay, Seattle Police, US Customs and Border Protection, Airstreams Renewables, King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, Comcast, San Francisco Police Department, Masco Petroleum, Commercial Driver School, Allied Universal Protection, The Entrepreneur Source and the City of Kent.

Tracy Ridout, general manager with the Trailer Service Company in Aberdeen, is excited to find new truck drivers for their organization.

"The freedom for drivers to have this type of opportunity is incredible," she said. "We operate in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.  I feel very fortunate to be asked to have a booth at JBLM in November as Trailer Service Company has the good fortune to have many drivers who are veterans."

At BECU, Jennifer Daniel says they are looking for member consultants to work in the branches.

"BECU offers 12 weeks of paid training for our member consultant roles," she added.

Hire GI events focus on a small boutique style atmosphere to provide a personalized experience.

HIRE GI, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., American Lake Conference Center, register at 

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