Government contractors recruit new veterans at Fort Gordon job fair

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 12:44 PM
Last updated 10:14 PM
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Tre McCrary had a golden ticket attached to his résumé when he walked into a job fair Thursday at Fort Gordon.

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Dennis Thompson talks to Lauren Berry, a technical recruiter for CACI.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Dennis Thompson talks to Lauren Berry, a technical recruiter for CACI.

In addition to 12 years of intelligence work for the Army National Guard, McCrary possesses a high-level security clearance.

“This is definitely what I’m looking for,” he said of the room filled with government contractors offering jobs in linguistics, intelligence analysis and information technology.

A position as an intelligence analyst consistently ranks as one of the best jobs for new veterans. Intelligence contract work boomed after Sept. 11, 2001, and continues to be a growing job sector.

Hand-in-hand with those intelligence jobs are the security clearances, which are almost a must for any new employee, said Mona Martin, the director for intelligence services at Automation Technologies Inc., one of the fair’s vendors.

Augusta is an attractive location for hiring in the intelligence community because of the presence of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service at Fort Gordon and is being home to the Army’s Signal Corps, said Kelly Perrin, the deputy program manager.

Luke Lancia, the sales manager for Transition Careers, which sponsored the job fair, said information technology jobs continue to be in high demand. A security clearance, though, “provides job candidates an extra edge,” he said.

Staff Sgt. Michael Rees has 11 days of service left in the Army after a 22-year career in the IT field. A willingness to relocate is a big part of getting hired, he said.

“There’s no rush, though,” he said. “I’ve been preparing for this for a while.”

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