GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A standing-room only crowd attended a job fair hosted by DoDEA Sept. 14 at Grafenwoehr Elementary School.
The job fair aimed to encourage and assist applicants in applying to vacant positions at schools on all four of USAG Bavaria’s installations at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch.
The Department of Defense Education Activity, or DoDEA, is the DOD organization charged with managing military schools.
Melissa Hayes, DoDEA Community Superintendent for the USAG Bavaria community, led the job fair, and was assisted by her husband, Don Schroeder, a retired Chief Master Sgt., and familiar with the USAJOBS website.
Open positions in the Grafenwoehr area include educational aide (kindergarten), educational aide (special education), educational aide (Sure Start), educational aide, school clerk, office automation assistant and school support assistant.
Substitute teachers are needed at all four garrison locations. Applications will be accepted until June of 2018.
People applying for substitute teacher positions can pick up applications at any school, and drop the information off at the school they are interested in working for, instead of applying through USAJOBS. This speeds up the process.
Schroeder shared what he has learned about the USAJOBS site. He instructed attendees about the USAJOBS resume, and demonstrated how to read an application and tailor their resume to fit the position they are applying for.
Schroeder explained an applicant must be able to prove they have a skill if the position requires it. For example, a clerical position may require an applicant to type forty words per minute. The application will be rejected if the person applying doesn’t include a certificate which states they type forty words per minute. Omitting a document that is required can cause an application to be rejected as incomplete even if the applicant is qualified.
“You don’t want to be qualified, you want to be best qualified,” Schroeder said on applying through USAJOBS.
Schroeder recommended the book Ten Steps to a Federal Job as a useful resource with the most up-to-date information about securing a federal job.
Schroeder said veterans are given first preference in the hiring process, followed by military spouses and family members.
Job openings are listed every Monday on the garrison’s employment page at www.bavaria.army.mil/employment. Click the Weekly Job Listings link for either U.S. or local national positions.
USAG Bavaria’s Army Community Service offers a resume writing class. For details, call DSN 476-2650, CIV 09662-83-2650.