By Staff Sgt. Brittany Jones
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Public Affairs
Soaring temperatures did not deter more than 540 job seekers from attending the East of the River Job Information Session sponsored by Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in partnership with the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services, July 21.
Fourteen employers including JBAB, federal, city, county and private industries were present. On the day of the event, JBAB’s Non-Appropriated Funds Human Resources Satellite Office had six full-time and 27 flex-time job opportunities available and advertised on its website.
Additionally, there were another 18 potential (future) job opportunities available, for which job applications are accepted continuously.
A total of 93 applications were received during the event. Computer kiosks and printers were also available for attendees to print and submit their resumes on the spot.
“Our main goal is to help the community,” said Joseph P. Cirone, JBAB Public Affairs Officer. “They are our neighbors, and we want to be good neighbors.” Cirone said one of the top priorities for the JBAB community relations program is to expose our neighbors living in Wards 7 and 8 to more job opportunities.
Joint Base Commander, Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra, said that JBAB’s growing partnership with the city; governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations, on its side of the Anacostia River is an important part of the base’s ‘one team, one fight,’ approach to helping the community and its people.
Calandra said the team includes the base’s military members; civilian employees; contracted personnel; residents and youth groups; as well as the city; agency and organizational representatives and the off-base residents. “Together we are stronger, better and can accomplish more to help our community than if we each do things independently,” he said.
“We recognize that our community, our partners and our neighbors don’t just live on-base; they also live, work and travel on roads with names such as N.H. Burroughs, Benning; Good Hope; Naylor; Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Our community covers all of D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8, so I sometimes describe ourselves as the friendly and helpful military base in Ward 8, just south of the Ward 7 boundary line,” Calandra said.
D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) Director, Lisa M. Mallory, said, “We are delighted to partner with Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in a joint effort to identify and place Washington, D.C. residents in jobs. It is one of few occasions we have had to offer our residents opportunities with the federal government.”
Echoing similar sentiments expressed by Calandra, Mallory said, “We are fully committed to this partnership and look forward to a long and productive relationship with JBAB.”
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said the current unemployment rates are 17 and 25 percent in Wards 7 and 8 respectively, compared to an overall of 9.5 percent in Washington, and 8.7 percent nationally.
Camilla Williams, a waitress, attended the Job Information Session with her fiancé, Norris Jones, who is currently unemployed. Both are searching for better employment opportunities.
“Jobs are hard to get now-a-days,” Jones said. “It’s a good thing the base is trying to step out and help.”
“I hope we get a job from being here,” Williams said. “There are some high-quality jobs being offered.”
Three workshops were conducted, covering how to search for and apply for a federal job; and how to prepare a federal resume, both conducted by personnel from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; and how the federal hiring and interview process works, conducted by Constance Allen of JBAB’s Non-Appropriated Funds Human Resources Satellite Office.
“The Job Information Session was a success,” said Allen. “People have a better understanding of how to apply for federal jobs; they feel reassured and not hopeless.”
For more information, or to apply and search for federal employment visit http://www.usajobs.gov.