If you need a job, or want a better job, the Omni at the Colonnade at I-10 and Wurzbach is the place to be today, because the U.S. Air Force hopes to fill no fewer than 1100 civilian positions at a massive job fair, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Mike Brosnan, who is the Chief of Talent Acquisition for the Air Force Personnel Center, says hundreds of people will walk out of the event today with a tentative new job offer and a bright new future ahead of them.
"One of the great things we just received from the Office of Personnel Management was a new direct hiring authority for the skilled trades," he said.
He says the jobs are immediate, full time, wage-grade positions.
"Today what we are trying to fill is the skilled trades," he said. "Most of the people will have certification or a license. Most of the vacancies we are trying to fill are aircraft maintenance positions."
But he says there are hundreds of jobs available where experience counts more than a certiification. They include painters, tools and parts attendant, tractor operator, maintenance worker, and computer assistant.
"A lot of these occupations don't have licenses, but folks have the experience, and that is what will get them qualified for many of the opportunities we have today in the Air Force."
He says many of these jobs are due to expansion of missions at local Air Force bases, others are for jobs that didn't exist a few years ago.
All applicants must be U.S. citizens and be of legal working age. The positions also require a security clearance.
He is asking applicants to bring along resumes, transcripts, references, and veterans should bring along proof of their military service. Disabled applicants are welcome, especially disabled military veterans.