State agencies actively recruiting military returning home from duty

by Staff Reports

Georgia military personnel returning from duty are in big demand as Georgia law enforcement agencies have more than 800 jobs waiting for them to apply.

A vanguard of state human resources departments is reaching out this spring to veterans who are looking for work.

State of Georgia agency recruiters are hosting a job fair for returning veterans at the National Guard Armory in Glennville. It’s scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 17, and it’s free to veterans who register online.

Why are veterans such a sought-after commodity in the Georgia job market?

“Because from deployment to employment, veterans are typically candidates who can distinguish themselves in any job description,” says Commissioner Avery D. Niles at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

“Veterans bring discipline, maturity, experience and leadership skills to your work place,” said Commissioner Niles.

Niles recently hired Lt. Colonel Mark Sexton, U.S. Army retired, for the commissioner’s top executive staff spot at DJJ Central Office. Now as DJJ’s new assistant commissioner, Sexton is drawing on more than 20 years of experience as a commissioned officer in key military posts around the world to help restructure DJJ’s Central Office operations.

“As an integral element of my military background I was expected to direct specialized work forces, streamline organizations, increase productivity and produce outstanding safety records,” says Sexton.

“This special skill set now carries over into my new career with the State of Georgia as I am assigned the task of change management for the Department of Juvenile Justice,” said Sexton. “The State of Georgia is an excellent career destination.”

DJJ provides a unique opportunity for service members to apply their discipline, deployment experience, and leadership skills to establish a positive influence on the lives of Georgia youth under their care.

The April 17 job fair at the National Guard Armory in Glennville is one of several upcoming statewide initiatives designed to help a wave of 80-thousand Georgia veterans who are expected to enter the state’s workforce by 2016. In September 2012, the Department of Corrections hosted a similar veterans’ job fair at the DOC offices in Forsyth, and more than 220 veterans registered for the event.

The Glennville job fair will be hosted again by the Georgia Department of Corrections, the state Department of Defense and the National Guard. The Department of Public Safety, Department of Natural Resources and DJJ will all have personnel on hand to answer questions from candidates.

The Department of Juvenile Justice has career opportunities available for Administrative positions, Corrections and Transportation Officers, Security Emergency Response Teams, Probation and Parole Specialists, Registered Nurses and Physicians, Professional Social Workers, Special Education Teachers and more. Candidates who don’t want to miss an opportunity to begin a career in State law Enforcement should register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MilitaryJobFair .

For more information about the Department of Juvenile Justice job fair schedule in April click on http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/whatsnewatdjj/viewnews.asp?newsID=92 .

For more information about careers at DJJ click on http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/djjcareers/ .


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