800 Open Positions at Military Job Fair

6:13 PM, Sep 26, 2012   |    comments
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Active military, veterans and their spouses took part in a job fair at the old Tift College campus in Forsyth.

Whether Army, Navy, or Air Force these troops are all fighting the same battle against unemployment.

"The Juvenile Justice Department is here and I'm hoping to procure a position there," says Wytaria McCrary who served in the Army for almost 30 years.

"Job that I really really want to do is department of transportation or state trooper," says Navy man Andrico Turner.

"I'd like to get into law enforcement and eventually move up and become like a detective," says Sean Lovejoy who is an active member of the National Guard.

30-year-old Lovejoy and his wife drove an hour and a half from Marietta to attend the Military Job Fair in Forsyth.

"It's been three to six months, and it's been pretty hard. I haven't been lucky enough to find one," he says.

Lovejoy plans to make the most of the job fair, saying he would stay until he got a job. His chances are good since recruiters have 800 positions to fill at various state law enforcement agencies.

"The earlier I get a job, the more time I'll have before I deploy otherwise they may not hire me being a few months before deployment," Lovejoy says.

The National Guard soldier says he'll be deployed to Afghanistan in less than a year, so the pressure is on to provide for his family. "I've got five kids, five girls and a loving wife," he adds.

Lovejoy is one of about 200 service men and women who showed up to pass out resumes.

"I registered for the job fair and made sure I was going to be down here on the 26th because I need a job," says Turner.

It's a little more personal for McCrary. "I was born and raised right here in Georgia, and I felt like I needed to come back home."

Various state law enforcement agencies include the Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice, Georgia Public Safety, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Department of Natural Resources and Pardons and Parole.

Positions available include administration, cook supervisors, maintenance, transportation, correctional officer, probation officer, state patrolman, counselor, engineer, IT, communications, and public affairs.

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