DAYTON, Ohio – Aligning with the Air Force’s mission to build a more lethal and ready force, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center held a two-day hiring event May 29 and 30 looking to hire qualified applicants to join the Air Force Civilian Service team.
Held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Dayton, Ohio, over 500 candidates came out to seek positions available in AFLCMC such as program management, science and engineering, financial management, logistics, information technology, information protection and contracting.
The event was designed to close the gap on lengthy hiring timelines. For some qualified applicants, by the time they left the event, they had met with a recruiter, interviewed with hiring officials, received a job offer, negotiated pay, completed fingerprinting and their background investigation was initiated.
“We saw a demand across our functional areas so we established this recruitment and hiring model bringing all the key players together to rapidly hire people,” said Sherri Artuso, AFLCMC’s Director of Personnel.
Jennifer Bauer, AFLCMC’s Personnel Programs Division Chief, explained the framework has also significantly deepened AFLCMC’s bench of highly qualified candidates to draw from when filling future vacancies.
“Over the course of nine events we have collected over 8,500 resumes, met over 4,000 candidates in-person, and conducted well over 1,000 interviews,” said Bauer. “Strategically, participation in these events not only secures immediate hires, but enables organizations to meet future hiring need as well.”
Another benefit to conducting these types of events is the opportunity to connect with the public and introduce them to the important mission of AFLCMC and the Air Force Civilian Service.
“The events allow us a face-to-face opportunity to highlight AFLCMC’s exciting programs, functional disciplines, and how we need strong candidates to help us fulfill critical needs,” said Artuso.
Shannon Calton, AFLCMC management analyst, who was hired at the last hiring event in Dayton, Ohio in August 2018, understands how valuable these events are for people who are not familiar with the AFLCMC or the Air Force Civilian Service.
“I did not know the vastness of Wright-Patterson AFB and what it had to offer,” said Calton. “I think it is important to know that just because you don’t see something on USAJobs that fits your specific title in the private sector, it does not mean there is not an opportunity for you because it might be called something else.”
Another benefit Calton is realizing working for AFLCMC are the growth and development opportunities.
“From the minute you walk in, they set you up for career development,” said Calton. “Even with my limited experience since I have been with AFLCMC, there has been continuing education available from the start. There are also shadow programs, mentor programs, and a Junior Force. There are endless opportunities for growth and development.”
Five more AFLCMC hiring events are scheduled for this year and will be held at Tinker AFB, Hanscom AFB, Joint Base San Antonio, Boston (for Kessel Run), and Robins AFB.