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May 1, 2013

Guard plans career fair in Norman Thursday evening

NORMAN — The Oklahoma National Guard's Employment Coordination Program (ONGECP) is hosting an evening career fair for all veterans, current servicemembers and their family members Thursday at the Norman Armed Forces Reserve Center.

The event will host more than 70 employers with immediate employment opportunities and is completely free. Job seekers and employers can register for the event at: www.okngecp.com. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the companies from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free childcare services will be available.

The event will take place at the Norman Armed Forces Reserve Center near Tecumseh Road and I-35 in Norman at 4000 Thunderbird Street. Media are invited to attend the job fair and military leaders will available for interview.

Evening is a rare time for career fairs and will allow anyone currently occupied during the day to attend. Many people may want to attend job fairs because they are underemployed, but cannot get time out of work to do so according to Lt. Col. Warren Griffis, the Oklahoma National Guard ECP Director.

"Career fairs are an excellent way for job seekers to interact with potential employers on a personal level," Griffis said. "It presents a much more relaxed environment than a job interview and gives the employer a face to go with the many names submitted on job applications."

Employers and job seekers with question about the event may contact the ONGECP at 475-1996 or 475-1997.

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