The Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program hosted the Fort Detrick annual career fair, held at the Community Support Center July 31.
Many jobseekers arrived to meet the recruiters and vendors that are seeking potential employers. A résumé and interview workshop was also offered, along with helpful tips that stressed the importance of professionalism when pursuing a career.
"To have a career plan, you need to know what you want to do," said ERP manager Daphnie Freeman. "Once you do, your plan is already there."
The job fair participants were fairly warned by the ERP that job hunting is very competitive.
"You need to have skills and be up to par with company standards," said Jackie Thomas of the Frederick County Workforce Services. "You've got to sell yourself on your résumé."
The ERP also stressed the significance of searching for jobs based on qualifications and background.
"You need a balance between work experience and education," said Britney Bartlone, account representative of the Callos Companies.
"It's all about fitting into the organization. That's what employers are looking for," said Freeman. "And that's what we help with at ERP. We assist the community with classes, and aid in any aspect of employment services."