55th FSS showcases civilian job opportunities to greater Omaha area

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  • By By Charles J. Haymond
  • 55th Wing Public Affairs

Team Offutt members from the 55th Force Support Squadron held a Career Showcase April 2 here.

Members from the civilian personnel office, education center and military and family readiness office coordinated this event to bring awareness of the civilian career opportunities on base to the greater Omaha community.     

“The intent was to showcase career opportunities to hiring counselors so they could better communicate opportunities on Offutt AFB which is the largest employer in the area,” said Joseph Scriven, 55th Force Support Squadron force support programs specialist. “Another benefit is there are some great candidates that need employment but may have barriers such as childcare.  We were able to show them that there are benefits to some areas such as the Child Development Centers that allow free childcare as a benefit to working there.”

The group invited counselors from local high schools, colleges, hiring agencies and members from chambers of commerce to highlight the career opportunities and help communicate these openings to those seeking jobs.

“That was AWESOME, I hadn't thought about civilian jobs at Offutt, it was not on my radar,” said Anita Lee a University of Nebraska Omaha counselor. “This was an eye-opening experience.  I enjoyed the tour, I learned about the careers, benefits, and opportunities for employees.”

Scriven wants to help eliminate the fears some civilians may have with seeking jobs at Offutt. Scriven saw the need for this event and his desire is to hold this event at least once a year in the future.     

“Often there is a misperception that Federal employment is very hard to get in to or other misunderstandings that prevent people from applying,” Scriven said. “There are numerous opportunities to begin an exciting career that you can grow in.”

To find jobs within the Department of Defense individuals can go to www.dodciviliancareers.com and www.usajobs.gov  websites to discover those opportunities.