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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — U.S. soldiers in South Korea ready to leave the military are getting a leg up on finding post-service employment. A series of job fairs at bases throughout South Korea is set for early October, Army officials said this week.

And, they say, the time to prepare for the process is now.

Updating a résumé and gaining a clear understanding of employment goals and potential should take from 60 to 90 days, say the experts at the Area I Army Career and Alumni Program Center.

The job fairs, sponsored by the center and the Air Force Transition Office, are open to all job seekers with valid military or Defense Department ID cards. Recruiters mainly are interested in candidates who have six months to a year left in military service.

“These are recruiters friendly to the military. It should be very encouraging for someone looking for a job — these people know they will find the best candidates in the military,” said Carl Reed, the Area II center manager, in an Army news release.

Job fair organizers said they expect some 20 stateside companies to send representatives. Similar events in recent years have drawn that level of interest, but having a large number of pre-registered participants could influence more companies to send recruiters, officials said.

The job fair is scheduled for the following camps:

Oct. 2: Camp Casey, 10 a.m - 3 p.m.

Oct. 3: Camp Humphreys, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Oct 3: Osan Air Base, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Oct. 4: Yongsan Garrison, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Oct. 5: Yongsan Garrison, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Those interested in attending from Area IV installations should contact Army Community Service or the Army Career and Alumni Program Center for information on transportation.

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