Job fair targets transitioning military personnel

Ending a military career and entering the civilian workforce can be a difficult transition for some.

The Icon Group hopes to make that transition a little easier.

The Icon Group is hosting the Northwest Job Expo from 2 to 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The job expo is a free event for those who are seeking employment.

“We really like staging events at the Fairgrounds,” said Phil Slaton, The Icon Group’s director of marketing. “They are very enthusiastic and supportive of job fairs for military personnel and civilians.”

The Icon Group’s job fairs are the only events in the Puget Sound area that focus on military personnel leaving active duty stations and searching for civilian job opportunities.

“We put on approximately 10 job fairs a year aimed at military and civilian jobseekers in towns and cities,” Slaton said.

The Icon Group is based in Silverdale and hosts job fairs throughout the United States. They also have staged expos, conferences and job fairs in Canada, the Philippines, Ireland and Great Britain. They have been producing events for almost 12 years.

Although the Northwest Job Expo in Kitsap County is smaller than other events they produce, Slaton and The Icon Group enjoy assisting local military personnel in finding employment.

“We do it here because we live here,” Slaton said. “We have a following in the military and civilian community.”

The Fairgrounds Pavilion will house about 50 exhibitors for tomorrow’s Northwest Job Expo. Local and national businesses at the job fair include the Kitsap Humane Society, United States Border Patrol, Lockheed Martin and NAPA Auto Parts as well as several law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities and health care providers.

“We will probably have 1,200 to 1,500 jobseekers at the event,” Slaton said. “We expect about a 50/50 mix of civilians and military people transitioning from honorable military service to civilian life.”

The Icon Group is hosting another job fair 2 to 6 p.m. July 19, at the Tacoma Dome.

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