Job fair held for military spouses in Fayetteville

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Military spouses job fair in Fayetteville
Military spouses job fair in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- Kiara Tardy just completed her degree in Healthcare Administration last month. She's still getting used to Fayetteville, after the Army moved her and her husband from Fort Belvoir to Fort Bragg back in June.

For Tardy, Tuesday's Support Military Spouses job fair was a Godsend.

"I didn't realize there were so many military-friendly companies here," Tardy said. "It brought my spirits up a little bit because I was like 'I don't know if I'm ever going to find a job here.'"

"We move around a lot and for organizations to value military spouses and be able to work with us [is nice]," she continued. "They know that it can't be a lifetime commitment cause eventually we're going to have to go, so it's nice."

Tardy was among several dozen spouses who attended the job fair at the AIT building in downtown Fayetteville. Support Military Spouses, a national non-profit, provides job training, financial management workshops, annual care packages and support to the 750,000 military spouses worldwide. During the two-day job fair and workshop, the organization taught spouses about resume writing, landing a dream job, and how to dress for that new career.

The event featured more than 20 employers including Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville State University, Wells Fargo, and Wal-Mart. It takes some of the stress out the job hunt, spouses said.

"Job hunting is always hard initially because when you move you literally go months without working and it can stressful, not so much financially, but for my sanity," Tardy laughed. "I'm getting a little bit of cabin fever at this point. I need to get out of the house."

For more information on Support Military Spouses, click here.

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