ASC Promotes Employment Opportunities At Local Career Fair | Item

Melinda Verstraete (left) and Mary Kauzlarich of US Army Sustainment Command’s G-1 (Human Resources) brief a participant at the fifth annual QC Success Fair on December 14 at St. Ambrose in Davenport. (Photo by Greg Wilson, ASC Public Affairs)
(Photo credit: Greg Wilson)


DAVENPORT, Iowa – Active-duty soldiers and veterans mingled with others in search of employment opportunities at the fifth annual Quad-Cities Success Fair held here at the Rogalski Center from St. Ambrose University.

Representatives of the US Army Sustainment Command were there, along with many other private and public organizations, to search for candidates and to publicize the CSA and employment opportunities within the Command.

“The purpose of the QC Success Fair is to bring together employers, resources and schools for veterans, spouses and the community,” said Melinda Verstraete, Human Resources Specialist at ASC, “for an opportunity to find employment and collect information on different types of careers that are available.

This is a particularly good time for job seekers, explains Verstraete, because “employers need qualified candidates for job vacancies and they need to be present to answer questions, interview and possibly hire new ones. potential employees “.

Before COVID-19, the event typically attracted over 300 attendees, but now the number has declined, with around 100 people in attendance. However, with around 80 vendors looking for potential employees, the ratio was good for those who were there.

Dan Kern, chief of the civilian personnel division of the CSA, said it is important for the CSA to be present at events like this because the command is always on the lookout for good potential employees. .

Kern also pointed out another reason for their presence this year.

“We have employees who represent us and who are new to the talent acquisition role for ASC,” he said. “Melinda and I are going to be coaching them to help them deepen our skills in talent acquisition and community relations.

“I will also be reaching out to peers in academia and across industry to build our talent acquisition network,” he added.

This all supports what Kern called “a shift to a marketing-driven talent acquisition strategy under development that emphasizes communication of ASC’s job brand.” in the labor market “.

Both Kern and Verstraete noted that the QC Success Fair is a good way to help transitioning veterans and CSA soldiers in their search for employment opportunities.

While the event was open to the public, the focus was on recruiting veterans and transitioning soldiers from active duty.

Jacqueline Friemel, who works for Iowa Workforce Development, was one of the event organizers. She said Rock Island Arsenal’s presence in the Quad Cities makes them an important part of the community.

“We are focusing on veterans and their families,” she said. “We want our veterans community to know we’re here, we’re here to support them and help them with whatever they need to get meaningful employment.”

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