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NEWS | April 21, 2021

JBSA prepares future workforce at Teen, Young Adult Job Fair May 8-15

By Lori A. Bultman 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Preparing the Next Generation is the theme of this year’s Joint Base San Antonio Employment Readiness Program Teen and Young Adult Job Fair being held virtually May 8-15. 

Participants ages 13-24 are invited to register for sessions focusing on preparing for their job search 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May 8. Parents are also welcome to attend.   

During the opening sessions, presenters will discuss resume writing, how to dress, mock interviews, budget and more.  

“Preparation is key to successfully connecting with a potential employer,” said Jai Bell, JBSA employment readiness specialist. “When seeking a job, a great first impression is essential, and that not only includes your mode of dress, but your resume and ‘elevator pitch’.” 

Following the initial event, there will be question and answer sessions 5 to 6 p.m., May 10-14, when participants can learn what employers are looking for, discover different career fields, and hear about available job openings.  

“Come prepared, and that means doing research on the company or companies you’re interested in, such as finding out what they value and what drives them and their mission,” Bell said. “Have some open-ended questions prepared to engage thoughtful conversation with the potential employer, and be sure to follow-up.” 

The virtual job fair portion of the event will be 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May 15. During this time, participants can connect with local employers, consider volunteer or internship opportunities, and discover new resources which may assist in their career search.  

“As new generations enter the workforce, companies and organizations need to consider how these prospective employees learn and adapt to their roles and responsibilities, as well as the company culture,” Bell said. “The JBSA Employment Readiness Program embraces this, and engages with partners and industry leaders to ensure the program’s customers are aware of innovative company programs, opportunities, and benefits that are designed to meet job-seekers’ desires and expectations.” 

The fair is open to all dependents of active-duty, Reserve and National Guard members, as well as dependents of retirees and Department of Defense civilians.  

Register for the Teen and Young Adult Job Fair at https://e.afit.edu/6wwd44. A signed photo release form, signed by a parent if the participant is under the age of 18, is required to attend the virtual fair.  

“Although the week-long event is virtual, we would like to have pictures available to share with leadership and with the JBSA community after the fair,” Bell said. “This is our first virtual Teen and Young Adult Job Fair and we feel it would be great to share it with everyone!” 

For additional information or questions, call 210-221-2705.