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Air Force Personnel Center interviews prospective Space and Missile Systems Center applicants

The hallways of the Los Angeles Airport Marriott were a flurry of activity as personnel from the Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force Personnel Center hosted an Air Force Civilian Service Job Fair Nov. 16. More than 1,000 pre-registered applicants, plus another 500 in attendance, made the largest one-day hiring event ever hosted by the Air Force a success.

The hallways of the Los Angeles Airport Marriott were a flurry of activity as personnel from the Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force Personnel Center hosted an Air Force Civilian Service Job Fair Nov. 16. More than 1,000 pre-registered applicants, plus another 500 in attendance, made the largest one-day hiring event ever hosted by the Air Force a success. (U.S. Air Force photos/Joseph Juarez, Sr.)

Maj. Anand Shah, deputy of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency space segment branch in SMC’s Military Satellite Communications Directorate, discusses details of the MILSATCOM program with a prospective applicant during an Air Force Civilian Service Job Fair Nov. 16 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. The one-day job fair was hosted by Personnel from the Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force Personnel Center.

Maj. Anand Shah, deputy of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency space segment branch in SMC’s Military Satellite Communications Directorate, discusses details of the MILSATCOM program with a prospective applicant during an Air Force Civilian Service Job Fair Nov. 16 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. The one-day job fair was hosted by Personnel from the Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force Personnel Center. (U.S. Air Force photos/Joseph Juarez, Sr.)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Various directorates within the Space and Missile Systems Center, along with Air Force Personnel Center staff recently held an Air Force Civilian Service Job Fair at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel. With over 1,000 pre-registered applicants, plus another 1,500 in attendance, the largest hiring event ever hosted for SMC was a success.

Traveling from as far away as Las Vegas, Santa Barbara and San Diego, applicants were personally greeted by subject matter experts looking to fill more than 300 acquisition positions in program management, contracting, financial management, logistics, and engineering within SMC. From there, an initial review of each candidates’ resume were screened.

Applicants who possessed the required background with pertinent skills, qualifications, and certifications were forwarded for additional screening by SMC hiring panels. More than 400 resumes were vetted with 215 candidates receiving on-the-spot interviews. The effort resulted in 41 “Intention to Hire” memos being offered the day of the event, a first for SMC.

More than 60 resumes were retained for reference checks and/or follow-on interviews and consideration.

Applicants who did not meet the positions being filled at SMC were referred to AFPC team members and allowed to register for other career opportunities available locally and around the world with the Air Force.

SMC’s Directorate of Manpower and Personnel worked with AFPC’s Talent Acquisitions and Accessions Team to set up this first-ever hiring event. Mike Brosnan, the workforce planning and talent acquisitions chief at AFPC, indicated they have intensified their efforts to increase the pool of talented candidates and continue to look at innovative ways to hire into these hard-to-fill positions.

“Our team was very pleased with the event and initial outcome,” said Brosnan. “The civilian acquisition selections by SMC’s hiring panels were highly qualified and very well vetted.”

SMC/DP received additional, positive feedback from various outside participants; one example: "The job fair was excellent, extremely professional, and very well executed. Please pass along my praise to anyone you know that may have been involved."

Various recruiting tools were also used to attract highly qualified, talented, and diverse applicants to this hiring event such as LinkedIn, ClearanceJobs, JobNewsUSA and Recruitment Opportunity Activity System. Applicants submitted their resumes for consideration either through SMC’s Job Fair landing page at SMCJobs@us.af.mil, through AFPC’s Air Force Civilian Service website at afciviliancareers.com, or in person.

To date, nearly 3,000 resumes have been received and continue to be vetted for potential future hires.